Switzerland vs Poland:
Euro 2016 – Round of 16;
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016;
Kick-off: 14:00 UK Time;
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (Saint-Etienne).
Switzerland will play Poland in the first match of Euro 2016 round of 16 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne on Saturday evening.
Switzerland qualified to the knock outs after finishing second behind the hosts France in Group A. Their win against Albania on the opening day was followed by consecutive draws against stronger sides Romania and France. They got through the group stages unbeaten, but they must improve a lot to stand a chance against Poland.
Poland finished the group phase in style after remaining unbeaten and keeping a clean sheet in each of the three matches. They started their campaign with a 1-0 win against an unpredictable Northern Ireland and then held World Champions Germany to a 0-0 stalemate. And then another 1-0 win against Ukraine consolidated their place in the round of 16 as second placed team from Group C, despite being level on points with Germany. They looked solid all along the way, but there may be still concerns after they managed just 2 goals in 3 matches so far. Even a bigger worry is the misfiring Robert Lewandowski, who is yet to get on the score sheet for his team.
Switzerland Team News:
The 19 year old youngster Breel Embolo is expected to keep his place in the attack forcing Haris Seferovic in to the bench. While there are slight concerns on the fitness situation of Admir Mehmedi, but he is expected to be fit in time to start.
Vladimir Petkovic is expected to stick with the same line-up that started in the 0-0 draw against France in their last group game
Switzerland: Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1)
Sommer – Rodriguez, Djorou, Schar, Lichtsteiner – Behrami, Xhaka – Mehmedi, Dzemaili, Shaqiri – Embolo.
Poland: Team News
Wojciech Szczesny remains sidelined with the thigh injury he picked up in the opening game against Northern Ireland and Lukasz Fabianski is expected to start in goal for Poland.
Bartosz Kapustka serves a one-match suspension after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament against Ukraine.
Poland: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Fabianski – Jedrzejczyk, Pazdan, Glik, Piszczek – Grosicki, Zielinski, Krychowiak, Blaszczykowski – Milik, Lewandowski.
Switzerland vs Poland: Head-to-Head Stats
Poland have a formidable record against Switzerland after remaining unbeaten in 9 of the last 10 meetings between the two sides.
The latest meeting between them was in a friendly in 2014 at the Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw, which finished in a 2-2 draw. Artur Jedrzejczyk and Arek Milik got on the score sheet for Poland, while Josip Drmic and Fabian Frei got the goals for Switzerland.
Switzerland vs Poland: Prediction
Switzerland might have qualified for the knock-out round of Euro 2016 by finishing second in Group A, but if you take a closer look at their form, they are far from impressive. Their only 2 wins from the last seven matches came against weaker sides like Albania and Moldova.
They have more than one goal only once during that period, that too the goals scored in the 2-1 win against a lowly Moldova. They seems to have enough trouble in finding goals and they are hardly expected to find the back of net against Poland on Saturday evening.
Poland are favourites to win this one, but just like Switzerland, they too have problems in scoring goals. They have scored just two goals in the tournament so far, but their defense has proved too hard to break down.
Robert Lewandowski is yet to assert his influence on the matches at Euros so far, but we expect him to shift gears against Switzerland. Their industrious midfield can also contribute with goals and I back Poland to win this one without any trouble.
Full-Time Score Prediction: Switzerland 0-2 Poland (12.00).
- Poland to win (2.60)
- Poland to quality (1.75)
- Under 2.5 goals (1.36)