On the 5th of September Ireland vs Switzerland will play at the 5th Round of UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification, at Aviva Stadium, in Dublin. Ireland vs Switzerland is the match with big interest because of perspectives in Qualification. Review our thoughts on this Ireland vs Switzerland UEFA Euro2020 qualification match here below.
FIFA Rating – 32
Ireland started the Euro2020 qualification very well, and after 5 matches they have 10 points. The only match in which they lost points is a draw against Denmark, away. The next opponent will be even stronger. Ireland played against Denmark and Gibraltar at the beginning of summer. In the match against Denmark, the team stood strong in defence while opponents attacked and created dangerous moments. In the second half, the Danish team got an advantage after the goal scored by Hojbjerg P. However, Ireland was not taken aback and with a late goal pulled out a very important draw for them on the away game. Against Denmark, one point on the road is a very good result since they were the clear favourites of the game. In the game against Gibraltar, Ireland played at Aviva Stadium, in Dublin and took 3 easy points against outsiders of the match and qualification.
The team’s greatest strengths are defence and a physically strong game. Almost all players are gathered from the Premier League. The team has almost no known names, but there is still a very good experience from one of the most powerful leagues in the world – Premier League.
In the last 10 games at home, in various tournaments, the team lost 3 games against Wales, Denmark and Serbia. All three teams were stronger than the Irish, but only the game against Denmark turned out with a score 1:5. In other games, the team held the defence and played confidently, what will we expect in the game against Switzerland.
Predicted Ireland line-up
Seamus Coleman, Kevin Long, Richard Keogh, Enda Stevens;
Callum O’Dowda, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Conor Hourihane, James McClean;
FIFA Rating – 11
A team from Switzerland missed several games in the Euro 2020 qualification due to participation in the UEFA League Nations. Strongly built team by Vladimir Petkovic, who coaching the squad since 2014 lost the semi-final against Portugal with 3:1 result. Cristiano Ronaldo made everything to reach the Final with Portugal national squad scoring the hattrick. The chic game of Portugal legend and the teamwork brought the team to the Final where they, unfortunately, lost to Holland. Switzerland faced England for 3rd place, however, lost by penalties. But the team played with dignity, both in defence and in the attack, and could complete several dangerous attacks.
If almost all team of Ireland brought from England than Switzerland’s team is almost all from Bundesliga. Of course, there are Fabian Schar from Newcastle, young Albian Ajeti from West Ham and captain of Swiss Granit Xhaka from Arsenal, who will definitely take the leaders position in the middle.
This team is very versatile and most often adapts to the game of their opponent. If a rival plays an open game, then Switzerland will create many moments also. If the opponent clamps in defence, then control the ball on their field will not be a problem for the Swiss. Strong, talented and fast-paced team players should be favourites in this game against Ireland.
Predicted Switzerland line-up
Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji, Kevin Mbabu;
Remo Freuler, Granit Xhaka, Denis Zakaria;
Breel Embolo, Haris Seferovic, Admir Mehmedi;
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