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Switzerland vs Ireland – Euro Tips


Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland

Who? Switzerland vs Republic Ireland in European Championship Qualifying (Live on Sky Sports)

Where? Stade de Genève, Switzerland

When? 19:45 GMT, Tuesday 15th October 2019

Overview

A significant game in Group D could be hugely impactful to the outcome of the group as the Republic of Ireland visit Switzerland.

The Swiss took a late set back in their last game against Denmark, meaning they sit 3rd on eight points. However, they have two games remaining after their clash with Ireland to close the gap. Those games come against the bottom two countries in the group, Georgia and Gibraltar. With six points expected in those match ups, a draw might not be the worst result for the Swiss.

Topping the group on goal difference, Ireland have two huge ties remaining to clinch a hugely impressive achievement. The final game is a home tie against 2nd placed Denmark who have the bottom side Gibraltar to cruise past at home beforehand. This means that Ireland can seal qualification with a win over the Swiss, but a draw likely means a must-win game against the Danes.

Team News

Switzerland: Vladimir Petković will line up with the familiar face Granit Xhaka as the captain in the midfield. We expect Breel Embolo to be the frontman for the Swiss. Talented defender Manuel Akanji will look to shut down any Ireland attacks.

Ireland: Mick McCarthy could change his frontline with James Collins, Callum Robinson, and youngster Aaron Connolly all fighting for the spot. We expect the Premier League defence of Matt Doherty, John Egan, Shane Duffy, and Seamus Coleman to be keep their places.

Key Players

Switzerland: Manuel Akanji

The Borussia Dortmund centre back has established himself as one of the most promising defenders in Europe. His pace and ability on the ball means he has the attributes of a modern day central defender. Playing alongside the consistent performer Fabian Schar must be a boost at international level.

Ireland: Shane Duffy

The Brighton defender is a key part of the experienced Premier League defence Ireland have. The Northern Irish-born centre back is set to make his 32nd cap for Ireland. He scored a crucial equaliser against Denmark earlier in the tournament. He could be the difference at set pieces on both ends in what could be a tight game of few chances and goals.

 

Head-To-Head

In the 17 games played in all competitions, Ireland have won eight, drawn four and lost five times against Switzerland.

Three of the last four clashes between the sides have ended in a draw. The last outing between the sides finished 1-1 in Dublin.

Only five of the 17 games between the countries have had more than two goals scored, with the last time happening 2002.

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Betting Tips

Total Goals In Game – 2 – 23/10*

Second Half Result – Draw – 7/5*

Aaron Connolly Anytime Scorer – 9/2*

Fabian Schar Anytime Scorer – 5/1*

*odds as of October 15th at 12:22 GMT and subject to change

Sam is an experienced content writer with a history of working in the sports industry. Sam is a media and communication professional with a bachelor's degree focused in Sports Studies.


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