Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Switzerland take on Georgia at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in the opening match of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. The Rossocrociati did well to make it to the 2018 FIFA World Cup knockout stages and they are eager to record a good result at the next year’s European Championship as well. Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic has a number of top-class footballers to choose from and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. The Georgians, on the other hand, were producing fine performances in the UEFA Nations League and they are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Switzerland. However, given the quality of the away team, we believe that Xherdan Shaqiri and his teammates are going to have a reason for celebration in Tbilisi on Saturday afternoon. You should know that Switzerland are after their second ever victory over Georgia.
Highlighted Player (Levan Mchedlidze):
Levan Mchedlidze is a Georgian international who plays for Empoli as a forward. Mchedlidze played for Dila Gori in the 2005/2006 season and in 2007 he moved to Italy. The Georgian attacker signed a contract with Empoli in July, 2007 and he has been playing for the Azzurri ever since.
However, it has to be noted that he was sent on loan to Palermo on 30 August, 2008, playing 11 league games for the Rosanero. Mchedlidze has only three caps for Georgia U21, but he played five games for the senior team in Euro 2016 qualifiers. On 3 June, 2016, he made his 27 appearance for Georgia, in a 5-1 loss to Romania in a friendly match.
The Empoli striker scored his first ever goal for the Georgian national team in a 2-0 win over Scotland on 17 October, 2007. Mchedlidze open the scoring after 16 minutes, but he was replaced by Kvakhadze in the second half of the match.
Highlighted Team (Switzerland):
While missing the first ever World Cup, Switzerland played at next four, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions, but they were unable to repeat the success in next six appearances. Nati reached the first knockout stage in 1994, 2006 and 2014, but they couldn’t make the next step.
When it comes to their European Championship appearances, the situation is even worse, as the team only qualified for the 1996, 2004 and 2016 finals, while they automatically qualified for the 2008 tournament together with co-hosts Austria. Switzerland national team of late have profited from the multicultural environment, as they appear to have closed the gap behind top European sides and also adopted a more adventurous style of play.
The new generation is probably the most talented yet, with players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ricardo Rodriguez and Valon Behrami all held in high regard. Nati now have a unique chance to try and reach the closing stages of a major tournament as their key men are either at their peak or will be there in the next couple of years.