Spain take on the visitors Switzerland in the round 5 match of UEFA Nations League (League A). The match will be played on Friday, September 24th at La Romareda (Zaragoza).
Spain after the "golden" period have experienced hard times. But now the team, under Luis Enrique, managed to produce a number of decent results. First of all, this is the Euro semi-final last summer. In addition to this, the “Furia Roja”, albeit in different versions, was able to reach the finals of the Olympics and the Nations League. True, the Spaniards did not play particularly consistent. At the continental championship, where in regular time there was actually only 1 victory, over Slovakia in the group stage. They passed Croatia only in extra time, although they ahead 3-1 until the 81st minute. Switzerland were knocked out in the quarter-finals only on penalties. In autumn, Sweden defeated them, but still Spain were able to win in the dispute for 1st place in the qualifying group. In the summer, too, the team was unstable: they started with draws against the Portuguese and Czechs, and only then gained momentum. At first, the Grand due to the only goal of Sarabia defeated Switzerland on the road, and then confidently, 2-0, defeated the Czech Republic.
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Switzerland team was able to survive the change of mentor quite painlessly. Under Petkovic, the “neutrals” were able to noticeably add to their reputation, achieving good and, most importantly, stable results. The last match of this mentor at the post was a 1/4 Euro match with the Spaniards. Then Vladimir went to Bordeaux. And Murat Yakin came to his place, and successfully coped with the main task. He managed to win a dispute with the "neutrals" against the Italian national team for 1st place in the group. And he never lost to the newly-made European champion! But in the Nations League in June, the “nati” started frankly not in the best way. The Swiss consistently lost to all 3 opponents in the group. Nevertheless, in the end it turned out to please the fans in match against Portugal. Already in the 1st minute, Seferovic opened the score, and they managed to keep this advantage, repelling all the attacks of Ronaldo and the company.
The teams played 10 head-to-heads, and only once, at the 2010 World Cup, Switzerland managed to beat the Euro champion. Spain won in following 4 games. But three times in a row, and 4 times in the last 5 confrontations, there were draws in regular time, and invariably 1-1. Bookmakers consider Spain to be the undisputed favorite of the confrontation. But both Luis Enrique and Murat Yakin are quite pragmatic. It begs to bet on the fact that there will be "total under 2.5 goals".
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.