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Scotland vs Switzerland, UEFA Euro 2024, Today Match Prediction

Rhein Energie Stadion Stadium, Cologne

Switzerland look to continue their winning run against a deflated Scottish side 

  • Switzerland won one, lost one and drew three of their last five games
  • Lawrence Shankland (3 goals in 12 international caps) is key on the offense for Scotland
  • Kwadwo Duah aims to shine alongside Switzerland's veteran midfield, leveraging his Ludogorets form (13 goals in 24 games).

Switzerland to win (1-3)

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2024 | Venue: Rhein Energie Stadion Stadium, Cologne

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Two teams with vastly different fortunes meet in a crucial match with major implications for their Euro 2024 campaign. Scotland, struggling after a heavy opening defeat, desperately needs a win to avoid elimination. Switzerland, on the other hand, sits comfortably in second place and is aiming to secure a spot in the knockout stages.

This encounter marks only the second time these two nations have faced each other. The previous meeting saw Switzerland triumph 3-1. Since then, the Swiss have continued their development, currently holding a coveted position within the top 20 of the National Football Rankings. Their recent form is impressive, boasting a five-match unbeaten streak with wins or draws in all their outings.

Scotland faces a daunting task. Their last five matches have yielded just one victory, and they were heavily thrashed in their opening Euro 2024 fixture. However, the underdog tag might just motivate them to pull off a shocking upset and reverse their fortunes. The upcoming match promises to be a tense affair, with both sides desperate for a positive result.

Scotland Preview

This Euro 2024 marks only Scotland's fourth appearance in the competition, and their second since 1996. This lack of experience on the big stage makes it difficult for them to compete consistently with other top teams. However, there are rays of hope. Captain Andrew Robertson, a member of the 2019 UEFA Team of the Year, brings his winning experience from Liverpool to inspire his teammates. Kieran Tierney offers similar defensive solidity honed at Real Sociedad.

Scotland's offense is spearheaded by the attacking duo of Scott McTominay (7 goals, 1 assist for Manchester United) and John McGinn (6 goals, 4 assists for Aston Villa). This partnership injects life into the attack, but they are still learning the ropes of major tournaments. Both McTominay and McGinn are playing in just their second European Championship, and neither has reached the knockout stages. Another promising newcomer is 28-year-old Lawrence Shankland. Despite starting only 12 matches, he's shown impressive growth with 3 goals.

Despite their inexperience, Scotland has a core group of players with potential. McGinn, the leading scorer with 18 goals in 67 caps, is followed by McTominay and the rising star Ryan Christie (6 goals). If these players continue to develop together, they could surprise some teams in this tournament. 

Scotland Probable Starting XI - Angus Gunn (Goalkeeper); Andrew Robertson, Kieran Tierney, Grant Hanley, Jack Hendry, Anthony Ralston (Defenders); Ryan Christie, Scott McTominay, Billy Gilmour, John McGinn (Midfielders); Lawrence Shankland (Forward)

Switzerland Preview

Switzerland with an aim of reaching the semi-finals for the first time, surpassing their previous best of five appearances in the knockout stages. Ruben Vargas, a key player since 2019, has contributed significantly both for his club (FC Augsburg) with 7 goals and 4 assists this year, and for the national team with 7 goals overall.

Kwadwo Duah, a young talent with only two appearances for Switzerland, has already made his mark. His crucial goal against Hungary showcased his positional awareness and quick development. This promising youngster is well-supported by the veteran presence of Granit Xhaka. Xhaka's leadership is invaluable, boasting 14 goals in 126 appearances and extensive experience from three World Cups. His ability to control the midfield and contribute on both sides of the pitch will be crucial for Switzerland.

The midfield unit is further bolstered by Remo Freuler, an attacking threat with 8 goals in 58 matches. Silvan Widmer, one of Switzerland's strongest defenders with 4 goals in 44 appearances, is another key player. When all these players are on form, along with the reliable goalkeeping of Yann Sommer and the solid defensive pairing of Manuel Akanji and Fabian Schar, Switzerland becomes a formidable force capable of achieving their ambitious goals. 

Switzerland Probable Starting XI - Yann Sommer (Goalkeeper); Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji, Michel Aebischer (Defenders); Romo Freuler, Granit Xhaka, Silvan Widmer, Ruben Vargas, Dan Ndoye (Midfielders); Kwadwo Duah(Forward)

Switzerland heads into this crucial group stage match brimming with confidence after their impressive 3-1 victory over Hungary. Their opponents, Scotland, are reeling from a demoralizing 5-1 defeat to Germany. This difference in momentum could be decisive.

The Swiss midfield, featuring the talented Ruben Vargas and the experienced Granit Xhaka, is expected to dominate the game from the outset. Their eagerness to return to the Euro and FIFA Cup knockout stages, a familiar territory for the Swiss, will be a major driving force.  

Furthermore, the pace of young star Kwadwo Duah will likely overpower Scotland's defense, even with the presence of the formidable duo of Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney. The Swiss attackers' skill and athleticism might expose weaknesses in the rest of Scotland's backline.

Switzerland to win (1-3)

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Author: Neev Chopra