Kick Off: 2000, 03/06/2018
Stadium: Estadio de la Ceramica
TV: Sky Sports
Spain and Switzerland both go into Sunday’s World Cup warm-up match in Villarreal in fine form but the hosts are expected to prove a cut above.
La Roja strengthened their position as one of the favourites for Russia 2018 glory when thrashing Argentina 6-1 in their last international friendly.
A similar level of performance here would make 19/20 for Julen Lopetegui’s side to win by more than one goal look a gift for our Spain vs Switzerland betting tips.
A Look At Spain’s Betting Odds
Spain’s standards slipped after they prevailed at the 2010 World Cup and two European Championship tournaments, but all the signs are that they are now back on track.
La Roja dropped only two points from 10 games on the road to Russia, scoring 36 goals and letting in just three in a group which also featured Italy.
They celebrated that qualification by thrashing Costa Rica 5-0 in November, while March brought a 1-1 draw in Germany and that Madrid drubbing of Argentina.
With Portugal being their first opponents at this summer’s spectacular, Lopetegui will be keen to hit the ground running after a strong preparation.
A Look At Switzerland’s Betting Odds
Switzerland also hit their last opponents for six when pummelling Panama in Lucerne, four days after a decent 1-0 success over Greece in Athens.
Bologna midfielder Blerim Dzemaili scored in both of those victories, while Valon Behrami, Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka give Vladimir Petkovic plenty of other options in the centre of the park.
Benfica striker Haris Seferovic and Juventus wing-back Stephan Lichtsteiner are other proven performers in a solid squad.
They also face a tough start at Russia 2018, taking on Brazil and Serbia before closing the pool stage with a clash versus Costa Rica.
Opening the qualifying campaign with nine straight wins was obviously impressive, but Switzerland then lost 2-0 in Portugal when only needing a point to top the table.
Petkovic’s side were pushed hard by Northern Ireland in the play-offs and could be considered fortunate to shade that two-legged affair 1-0 on aggregate.
On overall form, we fear the visitors are just short of top class, so 29/4 for a 3-0 home win completes our Spain vs Switzerland betting predictions.
SPAIN 6-1 Argentina – Diego Costa, Isco (3), Thiago Alcantara, Iago Aspas
SWITZERLAND 6-0 Panama – Blerim Dzemaili, Granit Xhaka, Breel Embolo, Steven Zuber, Mario Gavranovic, Fabian Frei
Head-to-head: Spain 0-1 Switzerland, Spain 3-0 Switzerland, Spain 2-1 Switzerland, Switzerland 1-1 Spain, Switzerland 0-4 Spain
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