The UEFA Nations League is back with another round of fixtures this weekend as Spain lock horns with Switzerland at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in Madrid. The two sides have made contrasting starts to their UEFA Nations League campaigns and will want to pick up a victory in this game.
Switzerland slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Croatia earlier this week and will want to bounce back in this game. The Swiss gave a good account of themselves in their 1-1 draw against Germany last month and can potentially trouble the Spaniards in this game.
Spain, on the other hand, have been a resurgent force under Luis Enrique and are currently at the top of Group 4 in League A of the UEFA Nations League standings. Spain have built an impressive array of attacking talent over the past two years and hold the upper hand going into this game.
Spain vs Switzerland Head-to-Head
Spain have a predictably superior head-to-head record against Switzerland and have won 15 games out of a total of 20 matches played between the two sides. The Swiss have managed only four victories but have troubled Spain in a few high-profile fixtures in the past.
Switzerland famously defeated Spain's 2010 World Cup winners by a 1-0 margin in the opening game of the showpiece event. The previous meeting between the two sides in 2018 ended in a 1-1 draw with Ricardo Rodriguez and Alvaro Odriozola getting on to the scoresheet.
Spain form guide: D-W-D-W-W
Switzerland form guide: L-D-L-W-W
Spain vs Switzerland Team News
With the coronavirus infecting members of the Napoli squad, Fabian Ruiz has been ruled out of this fixture. Thiago is yet to complete his recovery from the virus and Dani Carvajal has also been ruled out with an injury. Pau Torres and Sergio Ramos are set to continue their partnership in central defence after being rested against Portugal.
Injured: Dani Carvajal
Not Available: Thiago Alcantara, Fabian Ruiz
Xherdan Shaqiri has tested negative for the coronavirus and will be available for this game. Manuel Akanji is ruled out with the virus, however, and Switzerland will also have to do without the injured Renato Steffen in this game.
Injured: Renato Steffen
Not Available: Manuel Akanji
Spain vs Switzerland Predicted XI
Spain Predicted XI (4-3-3): David de Gea; Jose Gaya, Pau Torres, Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas; Sergio Busquets, Dani Ceballos, Mikel Merino; Ansu Fati, Rodrigo, Dani Olmo
Switzerland Predicted XI (3-4-3): Yann Sommer; Ricardo Rodriguez, Nico Elvedi, Fabian Schar; Loris Benito, Djibril Sow, Granit Xhaka, Silvan Widmer; Ruben Vargas, Haris Seferovic, Xherdan Shaqiri
Spain vs Switzerland Prediction
Spain have several options all across the pitch and will go into this game as the favourites. Dani Olmo had an excellent game against Portugal and is likely to partner Rodrigo in the attack, with either Ansu Fati or Ferran Torres occupying the opposite flank.
Xherdan Shaqiri's inclusion in the Switzerland squad will certainly boost his side's ability in the final third. Switzerland produced a robust performance against Germany last month and will have to be at their best to take something away from this game.
Prediction: Spain 2-1 Switzerland
Published 08 Oct 2020, 21:29 IST