Switzerland take on the visitors Kosovo in the round 9 match of group stage of UEFA Euro-2024 qualification. The match will be played on Saturday, November 18th at St. Jakob-Park (Basel).
If the Swiss national team didn't drop points as often in matches where they were expected to win, they would have already secured their place in the Euros as group leaders. However, in exactly half of their matches, Murat Yakin's team shares points with their opponents. In the current qualification cycle, after starting with two clean victories, they have only kept a clean sheet once in the remaining six matches, conceding against Romania (2-2), Israel (1-1), Belarus (3-3), Kosovo (2-2), and even Andorra (3-1). It's unlikely that the "Red Crusaders" will keep their goal untouched in the upcoming round.
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Indeed, many expected a tough battle for the second spot in the group from the strong Kosovo team, but unfortunately, they couldn't achieve it. However, at the very least, the "Golden Boys" can organize a goal against Switzerland, even away. Last year, they played a draw with the Swiss away (1-1), and in this qualification cycle, they drew 2-2, but at home. In the current qualification, Kosovo has only failed to score against Romania. Apart from the matches against the Swiss, they performed well against Israel (1-1 and 1-0), Andorra (1-1 and 3-0), and Belarus (1-2). While Kosovo may lack the class and experience, their attacking play is commendable for their level.
Certainly, in this match, the hosts are favorites and should secure three points based on their class. However, it's challenging to predict either a handicap in favor of the Swiss or the overall total. Considering that the "Red Crusaders" have been conceding goals from almost every opponent recently, taking a risk on Kosovo scoring seems reasonable. The guests are not pushovers; they consistently deliver accurate shots in most of their Euro qualification matches, scoring at least one goal in each half against Switzerland in the first match, which ended 2-2. The hosts, as expected favorites, will launch numerous attacks, potentially leaving room for counterattacks. I believe the opponents will take advantage of this at least once. My prediction is "Both Teams to Score: Yes."
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score – yes.