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Prediction: Switzerland vs Belgium

Harry Kettle in Free Soccer Predictions 16 Nov 2018

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Prediction: Belgium win

Best Odds: 23/20

Bookmaker: bet365

Welcome back to the international break, and welcome back to another rematch as we gear up for an intriguing set of UEFA Nations League fixtures. From Group A all the way down there are a series of intriguing contests that we’re looking forward to seeing unfold, and for the sake of this piece, we’re going to be looking at one of the biggest matches of them all: Switzerland vs Belgium. Both nations have a point to prove, and we’re interested to see how they look just a month after playing each other in October.

Switzerland

The Swiss have been struggling to rediscover the kind of consistency that once left them being dubbed the most underrated nation in European football. Sure, they’ve picked up two wins over Iceland since being eliminated from the World Cup by Sweden, but they’ve also experienced a handful of losses which leaves many questioning whether this ‘golden generation’ they appear to be enjoying is going to pass them by. With that being said they’re still quite tight from a defensive standpoint, so perhaps that could be their key to success in this one.

Team News

Switzerland are expected to make big changes from the weakened side that lost to Qatar with Seferovic and Gavranovic leading the line, and Nico Elvedi being set to start at the back.

Belgium

The Red Devils are flying high in the wake of their 3rd place finish at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with many already tipping them to push France all the way at UEFA Euro 2020. They’ve run through a series of top nations since returning from Russia with the Netherlands being the only side to prevent them from picking up a win, and now, it’s just a case of staying focused on the task at hand. They’ve got the squad necessary to defeat Switzerland again, but we’ve seen them get complacent in the past.

Team News

Romelu Lukaku missed the win against Iceland and likely won’t be fit for this one, although Batshuayi seems like a more than capable replacement after his brace in that game.

Factors to Consider

  • The game will be played at Switzerland’s Swissporarena.
  • Belgium lead the overall head to head standings 14-8 with six draws.
  • In their last meeting on October 12th, Belgium defeated Switzerland 2-1.
  • Switzerland have won two and lost four of their last six games.
  • Belgium have won five and drawn one of their last six games.

Conclusion

It’s hard to consider what changes could’ve been made in around a month, but at the same time, it’s pretty interesting to see given that we only usually see rematches this quickly in European competition or general two-legged fixtures. Switzerland are probably going to try and come flying out of the gates especially after their recent shocker against Qatar, but we’re expecting Belgium to remain calm, dictate the game at their own tempo, and slowly break Switzerland down to ease towards a 2-0 triumph.

Prediction: Belgium win

Best Odds: 23/20

Bookmaker: bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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