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Prediction: Switzerland vs USA

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions 29 May 2021

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Verdict: Switzerland win

Best Odds: 2/3

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to gain some perfect momentum heading into the summer, Switzerland will welcome the USA to St. Gallen on Sunday night for a friendly showdown.

Switzerland

Starting with the hosts, while Switzerland might have endured a nightmare two-month run of form between October and November of last year, The Reds have bounced back in some style. Looking to keep the mood in their camp at a real high before they open this summer’s European Championships against Wales on June 12th, Rossocrociati will fancy their chances of potentially causing an upset on foreign soil. Only continuing to build off of that deserved 1-1 draw against former world champions Spain last year, Vladimir Petković’s side have won each of their last four matchups across all formats. Opening up their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with back-to-back Group C victories against Lithuania and Bulgaria, Switzerland also signed off their sluggish UEFA Nations League run with an eye-catching 3-0 romp against Ukraine on home soil. Gaining a reputation for their clinical displays since opening 2021 and last seen landing a 3-2 win against Finland in a friendly contest back in March, Sunday’s hosts are enjoying their brightest run since 2018.

Team News

Enjoying a real free-scoring run at the back end of the campaign with Benfica, striker Haris Seferović has been included in Switzerland’s squad.

The uncapped trio Dan Ndoye, Andi Zeqiri and Gregor Kobel have all been included in Vladimir Petković’s 29-man squad.

USA

As for the visitors, almost gaining a reputation as a perfect sparring partner over the past 16 months, USA appear to be a squad that have enjoyed their status as a friendly specialist. Not featuring in a competitive matchup since a routine 4-0 romp against Cuba in the Concacaf Nations League back in November 2019, The Stars and Stripes have still continued on quite the purple patch. Relishing another contest against European opposition this weekend, Head Coach Gregg Berhalter last saw his side put in another eye-catching display on foreign soil. Coming past an always resilient Northern Ireland and landing themselves a deserved 2-1 victory when they made the trip to Belfast on March 28th, USA are unbeaten in each of their last nine matchups across all formats, a run that stems back to October 2019. Winning eight of those contests and the only minor blip on their record a 0-0 stalemate against Wales on the road last year, Berhalter’s men might fancy their chances of causing an upset in St. Gallen.

Team News

Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic has not been included in Sunday’s squad for the USA as he has a Champions League Final against Manchester City on Saturday night.

However, the likes of Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie and Barnsley’s red-hot striker Daryl Dike have been included and should feature in St. Gallen.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Sunday’s opponents last faced off back in 2015, they played out a 1-1 draw in a friendly contest.
    • Switzerland have won their last four matchups on the spin for the first time since 2018.
    • The USA are unbeaten in each of their last nine matchups across all formats, recording eight wins.
    • Benfica striker Haris Seferović signed off the 2020/21 campaign with 15 goals in his last 17 matchups for club and country.
    • The USA’s last five contests have produced a staggering 29 goals.

    Conclusion

    While the USA might have continued on what has been a real purple patch, Sunday’s guests might face a stern test when they travel back to Europe this weekend. Despite last being seen landing that 2-1 victory against Northern Ireland back in March, Switzerland are desperate to keep up their momentum heading into this summer’s European Championships. Opening their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a real flurry, The Reds are enjoying their brightest run of form over the past three years. Landing themselves a 3-2 win against Finland on home soil earlier in the year and with a red-hot Haris Seferović enjoying his own free-scoring run, we’re backing Switzerland to make it five wins in as many outings on Sunday night.

    Verdict: Switzerland win

    Best Odds: 2/3

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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