Steffen Schmidt - August 3, 2023
Switzerland vs Spain
FIFA Women’s World Cup
Date: 5 August 2023, Saturday
Kick-off at 06:00 UK / 07:00 CET
Venue: Eden Park (Auckland).
Switzerland and Spain will raise the curtain on the knockout phase of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia/New Zealand with their last 16 round clash on Saturday at Eden Park in Auckland.
Switzerland surprisingly topped Group A above Norway with two draws and a win in three matches.
They haven’t shown much in the final third in the process, scoring just two goals in total along the way.
Nevertheless, German manager Inka Grings has obviously found the perfect formula in defense for her team because Switzerland are yet to concede a goal in the tournament.
Back-to-back goalless draws to Norway and New Zealand sent the Swiss outfit through. We must say that Switzerland have offered a dismal display seven days ago when they barely avoided a defeat against co-hosts New Zealand, registering no more than three shots in total in the 90 minutes of play.
Spain, on the other side, suffered a demolishing 0-4 defeat to Japan in their last group stage match.
Nevertheless, that was only the match for the top spot in the group as La Furia Roja had clinched commanding victories over Costa Rica and Zambia earlier on.
Spain possess much more quality in their ranks and we expect them to bounce back from the tough loss to Japan and advance to the quarterfinal of the competition without too many problems on Saturday.
Switzerland have been completely toothless in the final third in the last two matches against Norway and New Zealand. Spain to win to nil is the way to go at the 2.00 odds while we also like them to win by two or more goals difference at the 2.05 odds.