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Albania v Switzerland Betting TipsIt may not be the most glamorous of ties or one many are eagerly anticipating but it is one that will immediately test the new format of these championships. Switzerland are favourites to progress with France from their section but Albania will be no pushovers, and are likely to be a frustrating opponent. As we seen in the opening game played on Friday, there is very little that is straightforward about tournament football, especially in the first round of matches as teams adjust to the atmosphere and conditions that they rarely experience. Switzerland also have the added pressure of being favourites against a team who have never played at this level before, and I’m not convinced that will suit them. Albania shown through qualifying that the tag of underdogs is one they are comfortable with and I expect them to thrive in this sort of situation as a result. Readers of my preview will know that I like their chances of progressing to the knockout stage and they can take a big step here by claiming all three points. Albania 5/1 @ Marathonbet 1pt
England v Switzerland Betting TipsThis could be something of a celebration for England if it all goes to plan. A draw or win would see them top the group whilst Rooney is on the verge of moving clear of the record he currently jointly holds with Sir Bobby Charlton. The visitors will obviously be keen to put paid to those celebrations but there was a noticeable gulf in class a year ago when England ran out comfortable winners. And although their late show saved them on Saturday, it is hard to forget how vulnerable the Swiss defence looked against what was a very mediocre attack. If you fancy Rooney to break the record then he is available at 13/8 to score anytime with Betfair. The Manchester United forward has not been in great form for his club in the Premier League but he did score a hat-trick against Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off. He has also been in terrific form in this qualifying campaign, scoring six goals in seven games. He will likely be deployed as a the central striker again and I think he rates a decent enough bet to break the record. The suggestion, however, is for England to continue their 100% record and take all three points. Their three home games in this group have seen them beat San Marino 5-0, Slovenia 3-1 and Lithuania 4-0. Switzerland will rate a more difficult proposition than any of those sides but I fully expect the home side to have to much. 5/6 available with BetVictor is tempting, but having watched plenty of these two sides throughout qualifying, I can see there being some goals. All of England’s home games have had three or more goals whilst five of Switzerland’s seven games in this group have also contained at least three goals. The visitors will pose problems on the counter but they looked rather weak in the centre of defence which Rooney and his team-mates can exploit. England to win and Over 2.5 goals 21/10 @ Betfair
Wales V SwitzerlandFriday 7 October, 2011 – 19:45 (GMT) UEFA EURO 2012 Qualifier, Group G It has been yet another miserable qualifying campaign for the Welsh, who were the first nation in Group G to drop out of contention after losing all four opening qualifiers; failing to even score in three of those. The solution? A change of manager. And it's prompted a mini renaissance. Although Gary Speed's first couple of games in charge weren't ones to be savoured, the 42-year-old former midfielder will have salivated over his team's recent displays. A stunning win over Montenegro in Cardiff was followed by a valiant display at Wembley versus England, a match they were definitely deserving of a point but yet, somewhat typically, they ended up losing by the odd goal – the latter typifies their whole campaign. Last month's 1-0 defeat to England was Wales' third 1-0 reverse of Euro 2012 Qualifying, after previously going down by the odd goal in Montenegro and at home to Bulgaria. So it isn't as though Wales have been played off the park in Group G, far from it, they were simply lacking a bit of thrust in the final third that Gareth Bale and Craig Bellamy have given them in recent qualifiers. The team was also severely deprived of self-belief and confidence, something Speed has clearly instilled during his short time at the helm. Judging by their September exploits against England and Montenegro, I would say the future is bright for Wales. To leave Wembley feeling disgruntled with a loss is a massive transformation from when they left Cardiff in the reverse meeting back in March feeling they should have lost by a far bigger margin than just the two goals. Now it's simple a case of sustaining the flow of momentum, which is why earning a result on Friday against decent opposition in the form of Switzerland is pivotal to Wales' future plans, with qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup less than a year away. Nullifying the Swiss won't be easy, mind. Managed by a coach whose tactical nous is almost unrivalled, especially at international level, Switzerland will arrive in Cardiff with one thing in mind: winning! Anything less and Ottmar Hitzfeld must pray that England take maximum points from their clash with Montenegro in Podgorica – and The Three Lions only need a point from that game in order to secure top spot. So it's all or nothing from the visitors, which should make for another highly entertaining encounter at the Liberty Stadium. I don't see the home side holding back, not with Gareth Bale and Craig Bellamy back to their menacing bests, while Switzerland cannot contemplate anything other than victory. Goals it is then, for both sides as well. Switzerland haven't been shy in front of goal – only England have scored more in the group than their tally of 10 from six qualifiers – and even slammed four past Wales in the reverse encounter in Basel, in June of last year. Wales will no doubt be seeking revenge for that humbling, and I wouldn't count against them exacting some as well in front of a decent-sized home following in Swansea. However, I do expect the visitors to edge this. Ottmar Hitzfeld is a wise cookie and his experience in management dwarfs that of Gary Speed's. The German also posses a deeper pool of talent to pick from, as well as more experienced pros. They also head into the game HAVING TO WIN! That doesn't necessarily mean they will, however their superior personnel should tell over the course of 90 minutes. Betting Selections Switzerland to WIN @ 20/23 Boylesports Both Teams to Score @ EVENS Bet365
Switzerland V Iceland
Tuesday, 14 June - 17:00 (GMT)
UEFA Under-21 European Championship
- Switzerland took maximum points from their opening Group A encounter after beating hosts Denmark 1-0.
- Iceland prop up Group A following their 2-0 loss to Belarus, with a near certain exit to follow should they not avoid defeat on Tuesday.
The 2011 Under-21 European Championship in Denmark is well underway and I'm sure many of you, like myself, have been left a little underwhelmed after the first lot of group encounters.
Goals were few and far between - Spain were the only team of the eight competing in these finals to score a first half goal - while the football itself has hardly been a spectacle at times, with all four matches to date producing tight affairs.
However, one team who did excel first-time out was Switzerland, whom stunned the hosts, Denmark, to win 1-0 in Aalborg courtesy of Xherdan Shaqiri's superb solo effort. The Swiss had to be on their guard defensively, however, with goalkeeper Yann Sommer in particular having shone. But they weren't the most creative, managing just eight attempts the entire match, and if they are to reign supreme once again in Aalborg over an Iceland outfit who disappointed on their first outing against tournament underdogs Belarus, it will probably be by another tight margin.
It will be a 'do or bust' scenario for Iceland, though, when they take to the pitch for Tuesday's Group A encounter. Should they fail to collect their first points of the tournament and Belarus defeat Denmark later that evening, Eyjolfur Sverrisson's team will exit the competition with one game to spare.
Unfortunately, though, Iceland will be shorn of 22-year-old Aron Gunnarsson, whom plies his trade with Coventry City in the Championship, after the midfielder saw red against Belarus for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.
Just like the Swiss, Iceland also struggled to carve out openings, though against weaker opposition, it must be said, and may well find themselves banging their heads against another brick wall, a well-organised Swiss defence.
Another evenly-fought contest would appear the call judging by how both encountered difficulties in the creative department in their opening games. That said, there is little doubt as to which manager boasts the greater array of players, with four of Keld Bordinggaard's Switzerland squad having turned out for the senior team against England no less than two weeks ago, and in striker Shaqiri they have a genuine talent, a powerhouse of a forward with the potential to take the tournament by storm.
Switzerland to WIN @ 2.10 (11/10) Coral
Xherdan Shaqiri to Score @ 3.60 (13/5) PaddyPower