Our prediction for this match:
Switzerland and Kosovo take on each other at Stadion Letzigrund in what is expected to be an interesting football game. The Rossocrociati were on the verge of holding England to a draw in London, but Harry Kane eventually scored the winner for Gareth Southgate’s troops. Switzerland aim to return to winning ways as soon as possible, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against the Kosovars.
Defender Silvan Widmer is unlikely to feature in Tuesday’s friendly after limping off with injury in the Wembley Stadium clash, while both Xhaka and Shaqiri should keep their spots in the starting XI. Breel Embolo is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. The visitors, on the other hand, rolled over Burkina Faso 5-0 in their last international friendly, but seeing that Switzerland are a real force to be reckoned with at home, Milot Rashica and Co. are unlikely to grab something from Tuesday’s match.
Highlighted Player (Xherdan Shaqiri):
Another impressive player who emigrated to Switzerland, Xherdan Shaqiri is a midfielder with excellent technical qualities, very strong in taking players on and creating chances for his teammates, while also being a danger from set pieces. The Serbian-born footballer formed an excellent midfielder pairing with Granit Xhaka at FC Basel, before making a high-profile move to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2012.
Shaqiri went on to prove a great deal of potential at Allianz Arena, scoring 11 goals in 52 Bundesliga matches, but he decided to leave in search of first team football, first joining Inter Milan and then moving to Stoke City. It was at Britannia Stadium that the attacking midfielder rediscovered his form and if he continues playing at such a high level, it won’t be long before he returns to the biggest stage.
Even when he was not playing regularly at club level, Shaqiri would always reserve his best performances for the national team, as witnessed by 17 goals in first 50 caps. The midfielder was especially impressive at the 2014 World Cup finals, where he scored no fewer than three goals.
Highlighted Team (Kosovo):
Despite the fact that a number of countries have yet to recognize Kosovo, they have been participating in the World Cup qualifiers September 5, 2016. Kosovo did well to hold Finland to a 1-1 draw in their opener, but they were outclassed by Croatia (0-6) in their second group game.
Albert Bunjaki’s men have slim chances of qualifying for the showpiece tournament in Russia, but, no doubt, they will use qualifying matches to gain a much-needed experience. Kosovo recorded their biggest win over Monaco on April 22, 2006, but they were not a member of FIFA back then. The Kosovo national football team played their first ever international friendly against Haiti in March 2014 and the match ended in a goalless draw.
Kosovo footballers wear blue shirts and black shorts when playing at home, while they play in yellow shirts and yellow shorts when facing their rivals on the road. Albert Bunjaku, who played for the likes of Nurnberg and Kaiserslautern in the past, is the team’s most notable player.