Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Spain will be looking to build on a 4-0 win over Ukraine when they take on Switzerland in yet another home game in the UEFA Nations League. La Furia Roja aim to retain top position in Group 4, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against the Rossocrociati. The likes of Dani Ceballos, Jose Campana and Sergio Canales have been included in the 25-man squad, while Atletico Madrid attacker Alvaro Morata has been omitted, as well as Jordi Alba, Inigo Martinez, Isco, Saul Niguez, and Koke.
New Leeds United striker Rodrigo is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic, on the other hand, welcomes Xherdan Shaqiri back to the squad following a one-year absence, while Jordan Lotomba is likely to make his debut for the national team against Spain. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Luis Enrique’s troops impressed in the triumph over Ukraine.
Highlighted Player (Sergio Ramos):
Over the years Sergio Ramos has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world. The Spanish footballer was born in Camas on 30 March, 1986 and he is a product of Sevilla’s youth academy. He made 39 league appearances for Sevilla and he played 26 games for the reserve team as well from 2003 to 2005.
In the summer of 2005 Sergio Ramos signed a deal with Real Madrid for a fee of €27 million and it has to be noted that he made 33 appearances for the capital club in the 2005/2006 La Liga campaign. The 183-cm-tall full back is capable of playing as a right back as well and, as a result, he often scores for Real Madrid.
Sergio Ramos helped Real Madrid win two Champions League trophies (2013/2014, 2015/2016) and he has three La Liga titles with los Blancos. The Spanish defender won the 2010 FIFA World Cup with la Furia Roja, while clinching Euro 2008 and 2010 titles with the Spanish national team as well.
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.