Our prediction for this match:
Stadio di Cornaredo will host Wednesday’s football game between Switzerland and Qatar, who face each other for the first time ever on the international stage. Switzerland quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Belgium, with the team beating Iceland on the road in their last group game in the UEFA Nations League. The Rossocrociati aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration and we predict that they are going to prove their worth in a friendly against Qatar. The 2022 World Cup hosts, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Uzbekistan last month and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Switzerland’s party in Lugano. A man to watch in the home team will be Liverpool summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri, who is likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Johan Djourou):
John Djorou is a former Arsenal defender who plays for Hamburg in Bundesliga. Djorou was born on 18 January, 1987 and he started his youth career at Etoile Carouge. On 1 August, 2003 he joined Arsenal and he made his first senior start for the Gunners in a 3-1 win over Everton in the League cup. Djourou made 86 league appearances for Arsenal, scoring only one goal for the capital club.
After spending several seasons on loan at Birmingham City, Hannover and Hamburg, he signed a permanent deal with die Rothosen in April 2014. The Swiss defender played 13 games for Hamburg in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign.
Speaking of his international career, Djourou, who was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, decided to represent Switzerland on the international stage and he made his debut for the Rossocrociati on 1 March 2006, against Scotland. Djorou represented Switzerland at Euro 2016, but he had been left out of the Switzerland 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.
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.