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STAR PREVIEW Thurs: Switzerland v Spain

The Nations League continues with Switzerland taking on Spain at the Stade de Genève in League A Group 2 clash on Thursday evening.

Neither of these sides have picked up a win so far in their respective Nations League campaigns. Switzerland were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Portugal in their last outing whilst Spain could only muster a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic.

Murat Yakin’s Switzerland side sit bottom of their Nations League group with the likelihood of a first Nations League relegation increasing after a winless start to the new campaign. Their most recent defeat to Portugal – a resounding 4-0 thrashing – will have sent alarm bells ringing.

Fabian Schar – after picking up two consecutive bookings – will be suspended for this fixture which leaves Yakin with some thinking to do in defence with both Nico Elvedi and Manuel Akanji injury doubts.

Switzerland v Spain
UEFA Nations League Group Stage
19:45 Premier Sports 2

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
JUL 2021 EURO 2020 Switzerland 1-1 Spain
NOV 2020 NATIONS LEAGUE Switzerland 1-1 Spain
OCT 2020 NATIONS LEAGUE Spain 1-0 Switzerland
JUN 2018 FRIENDLY Spain 1-1 Switzerland
JUN 2010 WORLD CUP Spain 0-1 Switzerland
JUL 1994 WORLD CUP Spain 3-0 Switzerland
DEC 1989 FRIENDLY Spain 2-1 Switzerland
JUN 1988 FRIENDLY Switzerland 1-1 Spain
MAY 1984 FRIENDLY Switzerland 0-4 Spain
APR 1982 FRIENDLY Spain 2-0 Switzerland

Spain are without a win in their last two matches – and are still yet to pick up their first win of this current Nations League campaign – but are unbeaten in their last six fixtures.

Like most sides, this Nations League campaign isn’t much more than glorified World Cup preparation and Luis Enrique has been tinkering with this team as he looks for a winning formula in time for Qatar.

They won’t be pleased with the result in their last outing – a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic – but Gavi becoming Spain’s youngest ever goalscorer certainly gave them something to be excited about.

The 17-year-old has become an integral part of Barcelona’s midfield and is looking good for a spot in the middle of the park for Spain at the World Cup later in the year.

Both of these sides have proven they can score goals with Yakin’s side having scored in nine of their last 10 home fixtures and Spain bagging 11 goals in their last five games. Goals could well be on the menu here and we’re backing Spain to win and over 2.5 goals.

JOE CITRONE

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