UEFA Euro 2020 Switzerland vs Spain 2 JULY
Spain is the joint-most successful European Championship side, having won the tournament three times. However, they were forced to work hard for their place in Euro 2020’s final eight. La Roja did not win their two first group games against Sweden and Poland and was unable to secure a runners-up position with a 5-0 defeat of Slovakia.
This set up a tie with Croatia in the last 16. Spain led 3-1 with just five minutes remaining in that match. But Croatia scored two late goals to win the extra-time game. Alvaro Morata’s and Mikel Oyarzabal’s goals helped Spain to win, proving that you can’t completely exclude them.
The thrilling match preceded the next, when Switzerland beat France on penalties after staging a similar Croatia-like comeback. Although Switzerland won only one of three group matches, defeating Turkey in the final match, they finished with four points. While Switzerland finished third in Group A, they were able qualify as one the top three-placed teams.
At the 16th stage, their Euro 2020 journey seemed over as France led 3-1 into the final 10 minute. However Haris Seferovic & Mario Gavranovic scored to send the game to extra time and ultimately penalties. Yann Sommer saved Kylian Mbappe in the shootout to make this match.
SWITZERLAND Vs SPAIN: MATCH STATS
Spain held two clean sheets in Group E matches against Sweden and Slovakia. However, Poland and Croatia showed that their defense can be beaten. La Roja has also been scoring, with 10 goals in the past two matches, and seven in four for Switzerland.
Haris Seferovic has been one of Switzerland’s greatest threats in the past two games. He has finally returned to form following a successful season with Benfica. In his two Euro 2020 games, the forward scored three goals, including two excellent headers against France.
SWITZERLAND Vs SPAIN: CORNER STATS
The four games that Switzerland has won at Euro 2020 have been corner-fests. 50 corners were taken by Switzerland, 27 by the Swiss, and 23 by their rivals. Spain has won 28 corners, but conceded only three (limiting Croatia, Sweden, and Poland to one each).
SWITZERLAND Vs SPAIN: CARDS STATS
The matches in Switzerland were very tasty card-wise, with Vladimir Petkovic’s men being given nine yellow cards and their opponents booked seven times. Spain has received four yellow cards and had their opponents booked on nine occasions.
Pick & Analysis of Betting
Spain had just -122 odds of scoring more than 1.5 goals by Wednesday morning. This was a significant value and quickly rose to -130 by the end of the night. It was still rising as of this publication.
If you don’t believe me, Switzerland’s defenses are weak and Spain is hot. I would recommend combining the Spanish total with their money line to get -102 odds at draft Kings.
The Spanish are in excellent form and will be facing a Swiss team who has struggled defensively against two of the top teams they have faced. There is no reason to expect anything less here, but I don’t think Switzerland will be able to make a late comeback.
SWITZERLAND Vs SPAIN: HEAD TO THE HEAD
- 14 November 2020 – Switzerland 1-1 Spain, Nations League
- 10 October 2020 – Spain 1 – Switzerland 2 – Nations League
- 3 June 2018 – Spain 1-1 Switzerland Friendly
- 16 June 2010 – Spain 1 Switzerland – World Cup
- 2 July 1994 – Spain beats Switzerland in the World Cup
Spain has enjoyed their matches against Switzerland in the past 16 times, and won the last 23. Although Switzerland has not won this fixture, they did win the most recent major tournament meeting against Spain, beating them 1-0 at 2010 World Cup (La Roja’s only loss on the way to winning the tournament).