Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Georgia Switzerland moved one step closer to booking their place at the Euro 2020. The Rossocrociati take on Gibraltar in their last group game and a win over the minnows will see them clinch their spot at the next year’s showpiece tournament. Switzerland fans are likely to pack Victoria Stadium, and seeing that Gibraltar have been serving as cannon fodder for fellow Group D teams, away win should be considered.
Gibraltar experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 6-0 loss to Denmark on Friday, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the away team. When the two teams met in Sion earlier in the process Switzerland crushed Gibraltar 4-0 and yet another routine away win is on the cards. A man to watch in the away team will be Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.
Highlighted Player (Breel Embolo):
Born in Younde, Cameroon on February 14, 1997, Breel Embolo is a striker who plays for Bundesliga side Schalke 04. Embolo began his youth career at Nordstern back in 2008, but two years later he moved to Old Boys.
In 2010 the Switzerland international joined Basel and he continued playing for the RotBlau at senior level. After scoring 21 goals in 61 appearances for the club in the Swiss Super League, Breel Embolo signed a five-year deal with Schalke 04 in June, 2016 for a fee of €20 million.
The Schalke striker made his Bundesliga debut on August 27 in a 1-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt. Speaking of his international career, Breel Embolo has four caps for Switzerland U21 team and he made his senior debut on March 31, 2015 in a 1-1 draw with United States of America. Embolo is very powerful striker, he is technically strong, he has explosive pace and a composed finisher.
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.