Switzerland vs. Spain 2020 UEFA Euro Quarterfinals Game, Analysis, and Pick
Switzerland and Spain had to take the tougher route going to the UEFA EURO 2020 Quarterfinals. The Swiss national team faced 2018 World Cup champions France in the round of 16 and stretched the game to extra-time thanks to a late goal by Mario Gavranovic. This finished regulation time in a 3-3- draw. The gridlock went on until the final whistle of extra time to force a penalty shootout, and the 32-year-old Yann Sommer denied Kylian Mbappé to secure his team a spot in the next stage of the tournament.
Meanwhile, the Spaniards had to go through a resilient Croatian team. Regulation time saw both sides score 3 goals each, and it went on until the 100th minute of extra time before “La Furia Roja” was able to hit the back of the net. Álvaro Morata scored the 4th goal for his team followed by a 103rd-minute goal by Mikel Oyarzabal.
Now that both teams are past the first knockout stage, NitroBetting takes a closer look at the first quarterfinal match between Switzerland vs. Spain. We bring you a comprehensive preview of the clash, including important details like soccer betting odds, betting trends, and our very own expert betting predictions. Be sure to check out for this and more sports betting odds and lines at our online Bitcoin sportsbook!
Switzerland vs. Spain 2020 UEFA Euro Game Info
- When: Friday, July 2, 2021, 12:00 PM ET
- Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg, Russia
- TV: ESPN+, TUDN, Univision
- Radio: BBC Radio
- Live Stream: UEFA.tv
- Champions League Odds Odds: Switzerland +439 / +0.75 (-106) / Over 2.5 (-111) | Spain -156 / -0.75 (-115) / Under 2.5 (-111) | Draw +268
Why is Switzerland a safe bet to win?
Switzerland produced an upset result after they knocked out France in the previous round. Vladimir Petkovic’s squad was ahead by one goal and a penalty, pretty much having the upper hand towards the end of the game. However, within 15 minutes, Hugo Lloris saved a penalty and fired up his teammates.
Karim Benzema scored two goals within 3 minutes and was followed by a 75th-minute goal by Paul Pogba. They were almost out of the woods, but the Swiss had other plants. Haris Seferovic and Mario Gavranovic sparked a massive comeback, scoring in the 81st and 90th minutes, respectively. This forced extra time and boosted the morale of the Swiss side coming into the next 30 minutes of the match.
After a goalless extra time, Switzerland was able to secure a 5-4 victory via penalty shootout thanks to an incredible save by Yan Sommer. Despite trailing in possession, shots on target, and even pass accuracy, the determination of the Swiss national team proved that they are worthy of taking down bigger names in the tournament.
Why is Spain a safe bet to win?
At the time of this writing, Spain already scored 11 goals in the tournament and proved the naysayers wrong after the first few games of the tournament. But, there were still moments of luck during their game against Croatia.
Had it not been for an own goal by Pedri in the 20th minute, the Spaniards would have left the knockout stage early. Nonetheless, they did outpace their opponents in their last game and recorded 68% of possession throughout the game and hitting 10 shots on target.
Eventually, Luis Enrique and company completed a comeback in the final moments of the game with two goals. They stepped up in the extra time, confidently holding the ball and keeping a composed backline that made it more difficult for the opposing squad to get through. Furthermore, Spain remains undefeated in their last 12 games, posting five wins and seven draws. We see this as a positive trend for the 2010 World Cup winners and 2012 UEFA EURO winners as they enter the next stage of the tournament as favorites.
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Switzerland vs. Spain 2020 UEFA Euro Betting Trends
- Spain conceded 4 goals in their last 4 matches.
- Spain scored 11 goals in their last 4 matches.
- In their last 5 games against Switzerland, Spain won 2, drew 2, and lost 1.
- Switzerland conceded 8 goals in their last 4 matches.
- Switzerland scored 7 goals in their last 4 matches.
- Switzerland is 8-1-1 in their last 10 matches.
Switzerland vs. Spain Betting Prediction
We’ve seen plenty of action in the Round of 16, and we expect this Switzerland vs. Spain will be no different. But this time around, the pace might shift at a later time, employing a conservative style of play early on to avoid mistakes. Spain might have a more attacking mentality as they have the offensive advantage coming into the match, while the Swiss will read the game more thoroughly and try to execute counterattacks.
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