Kick-off: 1945, 24/09/2022
Stadium: La Romareda
Spain are fancied to cement their position at the top of Nations League Group A2 by seeing off basement dwellers Switzerland in Zaragoza.
La Roja have already beaten the Rossocrociati 1-0 in Geneva during this campaign and can confirm their superiority on home turf.
We like 6/5 for Luis Enrique’s men to win to nil again for our initial Spain vs Switzerland prediction.
Following a six-year spell in the doldrums, Spain got back on track when making the semi-finals of Euro 2020.
La Roja also finished as runners-up in the last renewal of this competition and qualified for Qatar 2022 in rock-solid fashion.
They only made a steady start to this pool, drawing 1-1 at home to Portugal and 2-2 with Czech Republic on the road.
However, Pablo Sarabia’s early strike proved enough to edge out Switzerland and the PSG ace also netted in a 2-0 Malaga triumph over Czech Republic.
Enrique must cope without injured duo Aymeric Laporte and Thiago here, while David de Gea continues to be left out.
Otherwise, though, this is a strong and settled squad, packed full of proven performers capable of controlling possession.
Looking at the 11/2 for a smooth 2-0 home success.
Switzerland looked set for relegation after losing their first three games, going down 2-1 to Czech Republic and being thrashed 4-0 in Portugal before the defeat by Spain.
However, Haris Seferovic gave them a first-minute lead versus Portugal on home turf and they held on for a 1-0 victory.
That was a much-changed Navigators line-up, though, with Cristiano Ronaldo among those rested, and it still took four fine saves by Jonas Omlin to keep the Swiss in front.
“We showed what we’re capable of,” said Montpellier shot-stopper Omlin. “We worked really well, the whole team. I’m pleased we kept a clean sheet.”
The Rossocrociati can look forward to competing at the World Cup after finishing two points ahead of Italy in their qualifying pool.
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, Newcastle defender Fabian Schar, Manchester City new boy Manuel Akanji and former Liverpool playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri are familiar faces.
Overall, though, the feeling is that they will be game, but outgunned on this occasion.
Let’s add 12/5 for La Roja to lead 1-0 at half-time to our Spain vs Switzerland betting tips.
SPAIN 2-0 Czech Republic – Carlos Soler, Pablo Sarabia
SWITZERLAND 1-0 Portugal – Haris Seferovic
Head-to-head: Switzerland 0-1 Spain, Switzerland 1-1 Spain, Switzerland 1-1 Spain, Spain 1-0 Switzerland
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