Spain Vs Switzerland Betting Tip: Spain & Both To Score – 10 October 2020

La Roja can assert dominance in Madrid

Loris Benito / Switzerland ©imago images / Pius Koller 09/06/2020

Spain Spain Vs Switzerland Switzerland

Saturday 10 October 2020 – 19:45 (GMT)
UEFA Nations League
Pick: Spain & Both Teams to Score
Odds: 12/5
Bookmaker: Betway
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 7 October 2020)

Preview: Matchday 3 of the UEFA Nations League sends a still winless Switzerland to Madrid to take on a Spain side sat atop Group A4. The hosts are favourites although don’t rule out up upset, with the Swiss unbeaten in two prior head-to-head meetings.

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Spain Preview – La Roja to continue imperious run of form?

Four points out of six so far for Spain in Group A4 of UEFA Nations League. Luis Enrique’s men begun the tournament by conceding the first goal in their opener with Germany in Stuttgart, before dominating proceedings in the closing stages and ultimately grabbing a deserved equaliser in a 1-1 draw. They then produced an outstanding display to thrash an improving Ukraine 4-0 at Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid.

Victory on Saturday over Switzerland, a country they seldom lose to having lost only one of the previous 20 meetings (W15 D4 L1), would assure they go into their clash with Ukraine, in Kiev, three days later still top of the standings. The omens are encouraging, as far as the weekend’s fixture is concerned: La Roja are currently unbeaten in thirteen (W10 D3) and last tasted defeat in Madrid in 1987 (W16 D3).

There will be no Thiago Alcantara pulling the strings from midfield however, after the newly signed Liverpool man was forced into quarantine. It could mean a tenth international cap for Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos, while one young man almost certain to start, and retain his place in the side, is Barcelona’s Ansu Fati (15/8 ‘To Score’). The 17-year-old has been electric in 2020/21 thus far, netting three in as many games in La Liga.

 

Spain & Over 3.5 Goals
11/4

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Switzerland Preview – Will Swiss fall behind for third straight game?

National team manager Vladimir Petkovic spoke about this squad being in development and the need to be ‘realistic’ ahead the UEFA Nations League double header versus first Spain, currently top of Group A4, and then Germany. The fact both encounters are scheduled on the road probably factored into his pre-match pessimism: it is one win from their last five away internationals (W1 D1 L3) – that against lowly Gibraltar.

Conceding first has been the theme so far in this competition, having allowed their opponents a lead in each of their first two group contests. Yet it speaks highly of this team’s fortitude and resolve that an equalising goal was found both times, although this still garnered mixed results. Despite drawing level in Kiev with Ukraine, the Swiss went down to a 2-1 loss, before redeeming themselves in Basel against Germany.

The 1-1 draw with the Germans, a contest they created a large volume of scoring chances in, should give them renewed belief ahead of another formidable assignment. They can also seize upon an encouraging recent record versus the Spanish, having avoided defeat in each of their last two meetings – with the most recent of them a 1-1 draw in a friendly held in Villarreal in 2018.

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Spain Vs Switzerland Betting Advice

A 13-game unbeaten run suggests Spain are back to something like their imperious, particularly with them having won three of their last four matches whilst scoring a combined 16 goals without so much as conceding one themselves. At home, it is seven straight wins, with Norway the only visiting team in that time to breach the Spanish rearguard effort. All rather ominous stuff if you’re a Switzerland fan.

 

Spain vs Switzerland – Key Facts

  • The Spanish are on a seven-match winning streak on home soil, with six wins accompanied by a clean sheet, since a 3-2 defeat to England in October 2018.
  • The Swiss only suffered three away defeats in their previous five such matches (W1 D1 L3), beating only Gibraltar during this sequence.
  • Spain dominate the head-to-head with 15 wins from 20 prior meetings, although Switzerland have avoided defeat in the last two (W1 D1).

 

The Swiss are still searching for their first win of the group and appear unlikely to find it in Madrid on Saturday. However, we shouldn’t necessarily dismiss how they made the semi-finals in 2018-19, while they have shown admirable character to hit back after conceding the first goal in both group games so far. The value, therefore, could be in Spain prevailing but, for once, doing so without keeping a clean sheet.

Best Betting Odds – Spain Vs Switzerland

Spain – 2/5 (Unibet)
Draw – 19/5 (BetVictor)
Switzerland – 8/1 (Betway)