Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marchCF96) previews Switzerland v Belgium and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s UEFA Nations League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Switzerland v Belgium Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 18/11/18
- Time: 19:45
- Venue: St Jakob-Park
- Channel: Sky Sports
This Sunday’s League A group 2 clash sees Belgium ad Switzerland go head-to-head for a place in the Nations League finals, with Belgium in the front-seat to qualify as winners of the group.
Roberto Martinez’s men are three from three in the group, with two wins over Iceland and a home win against this weekend’s opponents Switzerland. The home side have won two of their three so far but need to beat Belgium by a two-goal margin (or a 2-1 or 1-0 win).
Belgium have an incredible record in qualifying competitions, and pretty much in general, and travel to Switzerland on the back of a 2-0 home victory over Iceland on Thursday. They know that a point will be enough for a place in the Nations League finals and at 6/5 best price, they look brilliant value.
The Red Devils have lost just one match in their last 30 fixtures in all competitions, which came against World Champions France in the World Cup and have won 23 of those games. They average around three goals a game in this current just mentioned and with the quality they have, you would expect them to keep it running here.
Switzerland lost to Qatar on Wednesday night, albeit with a weakened side, and have actually lost three of their last five games since the World Cup. Despite this, their home record is strong, with that defeat to Qatar the first at home since 2016. They also score plenty of goals, scoring 25 goals in their last nine games at home in all competitions.
Having said that, Belgium are so strong in these kind of situations, and you would rarely find them at these kind of prices in many games, so it would be foolish not to take them on at just over even money.
Switzerland are without Breel Embolo in attack and Manuel Akanji in the back-line for this game. They suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Qatar in a friendly on Wednesday but fielded a weakened team and will return to their strongest available outfit here.
Romelu Lukaku is a doubt for this game after missing the 2-0 win over Iceland midweek and he will likely be replaced by Michy Batshuayi.
Potential Switzerland Starting XI: Sommer; Lang, Elvedi, Schar, Rodriguez; Zakaria, Xhaka; Seferovic, Shaqiri, Zuber; Gavranovic
Potential Belgium Starting XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Boyata; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Hazard; Mertens, Batshuayi, Hazard
Head To Head
- Belgium lead the head-to-head 4-3, with their being one draw between them. The Red Devils have won three of the last four meetings.
- Switzerland – 13/5
- Draw – 5/2
- Belgium – 6/5
Whilst Switzerland’s home form is very strong, this looks set to be their toughest test at home for quite a while.
Belgium are 3/3 so far in the Nations League and with the quality they have throughout their squad, you would expect them to be able to overcome their opponents here. The home side do score plenty of goals, as do Belgium, so I fancy backing the away side with goals in the match.