Switzerland vs Qatar
Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Stadio di Cornaredo (Lugano).
Qatar will serve as a test for Switzerland four days before La Nati take on Belgium in the crucial UEFA Nations League affair in the battle for the top spot in their respective group. The Swiss side bounced back from a 2-1 loss to the Red Devils by surviving a stern Iceland test a month ago away in Reykjavik.
Haris Seferovic and Michael Lang were on target in the mentioned contest which saw Swiss team playing their standard 4-2-3-1 formation with Mario Gavranovic leading the line. We could likely see Vladimir Petkovic mixing up his squad a bit here and giving rest to his main stars Xerdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka who could only feature the first half of the game or come on as subs later on. Obviously, the mentioned reverse fixture with Belgium (scheduled for Saturday) is of a much greater importance for La Nati at the moment.
Switzerland vs Qatar: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever head to head encounter between Switzerland and Qatar.
Switzerland vs Qatar: Prediction
The Maroons ended a three-win streak by falling 2-0 to Uzbekistan a month ago in Tashkent. The Spanish manager Felix Sanchez made some rotations to the line-up which defeated Ecuador 4-3 days before, but we can expect the strongest squad possible for the visitors here.
November matches against Switzerland and Iceland will be Qatar’s final tests before the Asian Cup in January. You should pay attention on Almoez Ali who bagged a brace in the 4-3 victory over Ecuador in October.
Sanchez will also be keen to see improvements in his men’s defensive efforts which were fairly lame in recent outings. Qatar allowed five goals last month against Ecuador and Uzbekistan.
The quality is definitely on the Swiss’ side, but the visitors will enter this much more motivated to pick up a result which is why we don’t expect a high-margin victory for La Nati here.
Switzerland vs Qatar: Bet Tips
Qatar +1.5 handicap @ 2.30 (13/10)
Draw at the half time @ 2.70 (17/10).