Our football match prediction:
Friday's football match at St. Jakob-Park pits together Greece and Switzerland. Michael Skibbe's men will not participate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals and, as a result, they 'v decided to take part in UEFA Nations League where they will face the likes of Estonia, Hungary and Finland. Skibbe is likely to use upcoming warm-up games against Switzerland and Egypt to test as many players as possible. Over the years Switzerland have established themselves as one of the best sides in Europe and they have big ambitions for the showpiece tournament in Russia. The Rossocrociati are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet and we predict that they are going to rely on their rock-solid defence in Friday's football match. Stoke City ace Xherdan Shaqiri, who was sent off in a 2-1 loss to Everton at the weekend, will be the man to watch in the home team. Taking everything into account, Switzerland are more of a team than Greece and we believe that there is a big value in betting on Vladimir Petkovic's team.
Highlighted Player (Andreas Samaris):
Greece international midfielder Andreas Samaris began his career playing for Panachaiki before his spells with Panionios and Olympiakos. Benfica is the first international experience for the 27-year-old player who arrived in Portugal in 2014. A full international since 2013, Samaris represented Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup during which he managed to make his presence known and earn a move abroad. Andreas Samaris operates as a central midfield but is capable of filling in defensive midfielder role. Greek international was the mainstay for Benfica during his first two seasons at the club managing 46 Primeira Liga appearances during the period. He also added 12 Champions League appearances. Andreas Samaras helped Benfica win two Primeira Liga titles, two Taca da Liga trophies and one Super Cup. Greek international was the regular performer for his national team during the unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with ten games to his name.
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.