Our match prediction:
A place in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals will be at stake when Switzerland and Poland face each other at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Saturday evening. Poland have been impressive at the back at the showpiece tournament in France so far and they will be looking to keep their fourth consecutive clean sheet when they face the Rossocrociati in Saint-Etienne. Vladimir Petkovic’s men conceded no more than one goal in the group stages and given that they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s football match, we predict that under 2.5 goals will be scored in the Staede Geoffroy-Guichard clash. The two sides meet for the first time ever at the Euro finals and, taking everything into account, we are likely to see a low-scoring affair in Saint Etienne. A man to watch in Vladimir Petkovic’s team will be Xherdan Shaqiri, whilst Robert Lewandowski is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highligted Player (Xhaka):
Granit Xhaka is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most talented central midfielders at the moment and he is on the radar of quite a few high-profile sides. Just two seasons at FC Basel proved enough to attract interest from Borussia M’gladbach, who secured his signature in the summer of 2012. The Switzerland international had a slow start to his career in Germany, causing many pundits to start doubting his credentials, but he eventually turn things around to show he is more than capable of playing at the highest level. Acting as a deep-lying playmaker, Xhaka impressed fans and pundits alike with his performances in Bundesliga and European competitions, and he even managed to score a couple of important goals in the process. Despite his fragile age, the highly regarded footballer has been a key member of the Switzerland national team for quite some time now, scoring 6 goals in his first 40 caps to establish himself as a real leader of the Rossocrociati. The 2014 World Cup, where he scored one goal in four starts, should prove just the first of many major tournaments to come.
Highlighted Team (Poland):
Poland have recently emerged as one of Europe’s top sides, although they did enjoy some success during the 70’s and 80’s. The White Eagles impressed to achieve third-place finish at the 1974 and 1982 World Cup tournaments, while they also win the 1972 Olympics, albeit with an amateur side. Poland started showing improvement at the turn of the century, slowly becoming regular at major tournaments and they even co-hosted the Euro 2012 with Ukraine, but disappointed home fans to crash out in the group stage. The new generation, boasting players like Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Lukas Piszczek, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Jakub Blaszczykowski, has the potential to help the national team return to old glory days, with some talented players also coming through the youth ranks. Zbigniew Boniek, Wlodzimierz Lubanski and Grzegorz Lato are some of the other players who have impressed playing for the national team, which has been playing their home games at the National Stadium in Warsaw.