Our football match prediction:
Switzerland will be aiming to keep their 100% record in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers intact when they take on Latvia at Stadions Skonto. The Rossocrociati recorded a routine 3-0 win over Andorra on Thursday evening and they will be looking to move one step closer to securing automatic qualification for the showpiece tournament in Russia with a victory over the out-of-sorts Latvians. The Baltic side head into Sunday’s football match following a 3-1 loss to Hungary and you should bear in mind that they are on a six-game losing run in their qualifying group. Latvia were beaten by Faroe Islands at home earlier in the process and, taking everything into account, we predict that Switzerland are going to extend their impressive winning run in Group B. When the two teams met at Stade de Geneve in the reverse fixture Josip Drmic scored the winner (1-0) for Vladimir Petkovic’s troops.
Highlighted Player (Silvan Widmer):
Silvan Widmer was born in Aarau, Switzerland on 5 March, 1993 and, as expected, he began his senior career at his home-town club Aarau. He made nine appearances for the reserve team in the 2010/2011 campaign and he played for the first team between 2011 and 2013, scoring 11 goals in 65 league appearances for the club. The pacey right back, who is capable of playing as a right midfielder and a left back, signed a deal with Udinese in the summer of 2012, but he remained at Aarau until 2013. Silvan Widmer has 15 caps for Switzerland U21 team and he played for the U 19 side in the past as well, scoring three goals in eight appearances for the team. He made his debut for the senior team on 31 March, 2015, in a 1-1 draw with USA in Zurich. Widmer came as a substitute to replace fellow Serie A footballer Lichtsteiner after 46 minutes. His contract with Udinese expires on 30 June, 2020.
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.