Switzerland vs. Spain – European Championship, July 2, 2021

| July 1, 2021 6:06 am PDT

After being involved in two of the most exciting games at Euro 2020 on Monday, Switzerland and Spain now switch their attention to a quarterfinal meet-up in Saint Petersburg on Friday.

Luis Enrique’s Spain has finally woken up in front of goal after frustrating fans in the opening games. On the other hand, Switzerland will still be on a high after knocking out favorites France in the round of 16. Read on to find out how I think this game will go – and for my all-important betting pick.

Will Spain Keep Scoring at Euro 2020?

Luis Enrique had everyone on his back after the first two games of the group stage when Spain had managed just one goal in the games against Sweden and Poland. Alvaro Morata was the main point of frustration after missing a host of chances and only finding the net once to salvage a point in the second game.

But Enrique stayed loyal to the Juventus striker – and was repaid against Slovakia and then Croatia, as his team ran riot. Five Spanish goals were scored in each game, with Morata striking a wonderful effort in extra time of the round of 16 tie. Spain is still missing many chances, but they are still creating them in the first place.

There is also the positive to take from the way Spain responded to a late Croatia comeback in the round of 16 game.

Two goals in the last five minutes took the tie to extra time, but Spain dug in and had stretched the lead to two once more before the extra time interval. Switzerland will not frighten this team.

Can Switzerland Cause Another Upset?

No one gave Switzerland a chance of beating France on Monday – and when it was 3-1 down with just minutes to play, it seemed as if all the predictions were about to come true. Vladimir Petkovic’s side had surprisingly taken the lead earlier on, but France had come back majestically and looked to be strolling into the quarterfinals.

But two very good Swiss goals took the game to extra time, where Granit Xhaka led his team to a well-deserved draw, leaving the game to be the first at Euro 2020 to be decided by penalties. Keeper Yann Sommer saved Kylian Mbappe’s final effort, and Switzerland was in dreamland.

There are questions over this Swiss defense. Both Italy and France have been able to score three against it, and Spain will be looking forward to having a go as well.

Switzerland doesn’t seem to have any problem going forward – and will test the Spanish backline – but it is its own defense that will win or lose this tie.

Latest Odds and Switzerland vs. Spain Betting Pick

Switzerland to Win+455
The Draw+280
Spain to Win-145

Switzerland would seem to have nothing to lose here after knocking out France in the previous round. The attractive odds from BetOnline will only make more people believe that it can cause another upset on Friday. But France’s tactics for that round of 16 game were all wrong, allowing the Swiss to come back into it at the end and punish the favorites in the penalty shoot-out.

Spain has been far more impressive – even though it was heavily criticized at the start of the tournament. Luis Enrique’s side is the odds on favorite here and should be able to set up a semifinal tie against either Belgium or Italy.

There could be goals in this one, though. Both teams have created chances throughout the competition, and that is why I think it will be the more suspect Swiss defense that determines the winner. There might not be quite as much excitement as in the round of 16, but this will be a good game – ultimately won by Spain.

Pick
  • Spain to Win
    -145
Dan Roberts
Dan Roberts

Dan Roberts is an experienced freelance writer specialising in sports and sports betting. He is particularly knowledgeable about world soccer, but also writes about football, basketball and cricket.

As a fan of Nottingham Forest, New York Knicks, Minnesota Vikings and New York Mets, Dan has not had much to celebrate recently.

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