Our football match prediction:
Thanks to Valentin Stocker’s late goal in Friday’s football game against Hungary managed to keep their 100% record in Group B intact. The Rossocrociati proved their worth in their second group game and they are regarded as hot favourites to emerge triumphant in Monday’s match against Andorra. The minnows suffered a 6-0 loss to Portugal on Friday night and it has to be noted that they finished the match with nine men on the field. Andorra face an uphill task against Switzerland and we predict that the underdogs are going to suffer their third consecutive defeat in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. A man to watch in the away team will be Xherdan Shaqiri, who returned to the starting line-up against Hungary. Granit Xhaka has served his ban and the Arsenal midfielder is likely to make life difficult for the minnows in Monday’s qualifier as well.
Highligted Player (Michael Lang):
Standing tall at 1.85 m, Michael Lang is a Swiss international defender who has gone through all ranks of the Switzerland national team to earn his senior call-up in 2013. Michael Jang began his professional career playing for FC St. Gallen where he spent five years before he moved to Grasshopper. During his four-year spell with the club he racked up 127 league appearances and scored 12 goals. In 2015 Lang joined FC Basel on a free transfer, for whom he scored his first goal against the old club Grasshoppers only a week after his arrival. Michael Lang made 22 Swiss Super League appearance during the title winning season 2015-16, making an important contribution to his club’s 19th championship title in history. During that time the 25-year-old Swiss international also managed to bag five goals for his club, which is regarded as a considerable tally for a defender. Having gone into the new season with two goals to his name already, Lang is expected to play a significant part in his team’s UEFA Champions League challenge.
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.