Unbeaten Spain Take on Switzerland
Spain are one of just three remaining unbeaten teams in the UEFA Nations League A. They’ll put their unbeaten record on the line on Saturday when they host Switzerland. Switzerland come into this match in last place but are certainly not to be taken lightly. Let’s review the UEFA Spain vs Switzerland odds and preview the match.
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UEFA Nations League – Spain vs Switzerland Game Info:
- Location: Estadio La Romareda, Zaragoza, Spain
- Date & Time: Saturday, September 24, 2:45 P.M. EST
Spain have an excellent all-time record vs Switzerland of 18 wins, five draws and just one loss. La Furia Roja’s only loss to Switzerland was in the Group Stage of the 2010 World Cup and Spain still went on to win the tournament. Since then, they’ve played to three 90-minute 1-1 draws and Spain have won the other two matches. In June, winger Pablo Sarabia scored the game’s only goal as Spain won 1-0. Each of the last six meetings has finished with two or fewer goals. The UEFA Nations betting odds list the over/under goal total at 2½ for this match.
Spain in the Driver’s Seat
- UEFA Nations League Standings: 2-0-2, 1st Place (Group 2)
A mixture of youth and experience characterizes Spain’s squad. While midfielders Pedri and Gavi are still teenagers, Sergio Busquets and Koke have been mainstays for years. Spain were runners-up in the last Nations League. Now, they’re just a couple of positive results away from another semifinals appearance, in Nations League 2022. A Spain win and Portugal loss would be enough, but Portugal vs Spain next Tuesday is very likely to be the decider.
Since switching allegiances from France to Spain in May 2021, Aymeric Laporte has made 15 appearances in defense for La Furia Roja. Unfortunately, he’s out of the squad due to an injury. Still, Spain have the likes of Eric Garcia, Pau Torres and Diego Llorente to fill in. Torres and Llorente was the pairing that kept a shutout vs Switzerland back in June.
The days of “tiki-taka” might be long gone but Spain still control games in midfield. Any team with the industrious Rodri in it becomes a lot better and Busquets still has some gas left in the tank. Without Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal, who are both recovering from injuries, there are some questions about Spain’s creativity. Still, they’ve managed to score in each of their four matches so far. Winger Pablo Sarabia leads the way with two goals and striker Alvaro Morata has been in good form for Atletico Madrid.
Switzerland Struggle vs Spain
- UEFA Nations League Standings: 1-3, 4th Place (Group 2)
Granit Xhaka is one of the most misunderstood players in world football. The oft-maligned Arsenal midfielder has been in some of the best form of his life recently. He even captained the side in the 3-0 win at Brentford in Martin Odegaard’s absence. Just under three years ago, Xhaka was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy and he’s officially completed his redemption arc. Xhaka can play box-to-box or can provide great service as a number 10. With Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland are a dangerous team. Spain will also be wary of Haris Seferovic and Breel Embolo up top.
Switzerland lost their first three games to open up their Nations League campaign but ended June with a win. They defeated Portugal, the team that previously beat them 4-0, as Haris Seferovic scored the game’s only goal. In last place, Switzerland’s main objective now will be to avoid relegation to the Nations League B. The good news is that the UEFA Spain vs Switzerland odds favor the Swiss to score, at -120 odds.
The issue is that Switzerland have never won a match on Spanish soil. Their record vs La Furia Roja is abysmal but it’s never too late to turn things around. The Swiss come into this pair of matches with a relatively healthy squad. Steven Zuber is the only regular to miss out due to injury but young forward Noah Okafor is also out.
Odds & Preview
The UEFA Spain vs Switzerland odds price Spain as -220 home favorites heading into Saturday’s match. Recently, this has been a tight match which is decided by a goal or ends in a draw. The last time either team scored more than a goal in this fixture was when Spain won 3-0 in 1994. Still, Spain (-1) are favored to win by a multi-goal margin at -125 odds.
Given recent history, it’s no surprise that under 2½ goals is listed at -125 odds. It won’t necessarily be easy for Spain to break down the Switzerland defense. Manchester City’s Manuel Akanji is a standout in the center of defense and there are experienced players across the back line.
Despite the prevalence of draws in this matchup, a deadlock is priced at +335 odds. Meanwhile, Switzerland show +675 odds to get just their second-ever victory vs Spain. The Swiss are winless in their last four road matches in all competitions, though. Chances may also be hard to come by, especially if Spain dominates the ball the way they did in the reverse fixture.Follow us on Twitter