25th of March 2019 Author: Johnny Karp
Switzerland are looking to achieve a perfect start to their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, but they might have a tough match at St. Jakob Park in Basel on Tuesday as they host Group D rivals Denmark. The two sides have not met since the qualifying campaign for the 2000 European Championships, when Denmark secured a 1-1 draw in Switzerland before a 2-1 victory at home and qualified for the final tournament. Overall, the head to head record between these two sides is perfectly balanced ahead of this game, with one victory for each and two draws.
Switzerland kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 victory in Georgia last weekend, with second-half goals from Steven Zuber and Denis Zakaria. That was the second consecutive win for Switzerland after last year's shocking 5-2 victory over Belgium in the UEFA Nations League. That result allowed Switzerland to finish at the top of their Nations League group, and that gives them the play-off option in case they finish outside the top two in Group D. Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri was forced to pull out of the squad ahead of the Georgia match due to an injury, while Fabian Schar picked up a knock during that match and is ruled out for Tuesday's game.
Denmark didn't have a qualifying match last weekend, so they played a friendly in Kosovo which nearly ended in a defeat for them. Kosovo had a 1-0 and a 2-1 lead but Denmark fought back each time with goals from Christian Eriksen and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. That wasn't the result that their fans had been expecting but it did extend their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions. Denmark also managed to win their Nations League group last year, so they can go to the play-offs as well if they finish outside the top two. There are no injury concerns for the away side, so head coach Age Hareide will field his best eleven.
Switzerland: Sommer - Lichtsteiner, Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez - Embolo, Xhaka, Zakaria, Freuler - Zuber - Ajeti
Denmark: Schmeichel - Christensen, Zanka, Kjaer, Larsen - Delaney, Hojbjerg - Poulsen, Eriksen, Braithwaite - Jorgensen
My prediction: 1-1 draw, these two sides seem quite evenly-matched and both will be unwilling to take too many risks at such an early stage of the campaign.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Switzerland win - 2.20
Draw - 3.30
Denmark win - 3.75
22nd of March 2019
25th of March 2019
Wow, never saw that game but when I checked the stats I was amazed to see Switzerland had a 3-0 lead till the 84-th minute before Denmark scoring three themselves so late to tie the game.
Probably a lot of punters thought they've had a certain win for those staked at a home win but I guess a few others might me quite happy with that result.
In the end not that bad of a result for either side...except that Swiss probably would regret about it in the next few months.
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