Ireland vs. Switzerland: Euro 2020 Qualifier – Match Preview

Republic of Ireland will be looking to build on their impressive start to Euro 2020 qualifying when they host Switzerland on Thursday.

Ireland have claimed 10 points from their first four matches, however two victories have been over group minnows Gibraltar.

Their most impressive result to date has been the 1-1 draw away to Denmark and they currently sit top of Group D.

Switzerland have played just two qualification fixtures thus far, claiming four points from matches with Denmark and Georgia.

In their home draw with Denmark, they incredibly let a 3-0 lead slip with just six minutes of normal time remaining.

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Match history
The pair have met just once in the last 14 years, a friendly fixture back in 2016, which Ireland won 1-0.

Last five international meetings
Ireland 1 Switzerland 0 – 25/03/16
Ireland 0 Switzerland 0 – 12/10/05
Switzerland 1 Ireland 1 – 08/09/04
Switzerland 2 Ireland 0 – 11/10/03
Ireland 1 Switzerland 2 – 16/10/02

Under 1.5 goals – 6/4 with Bet 365

Team news
Ireland will be without both Robbie Brady and Matt Doherty through injury.

Shane Long hasn’t been selected for tactical reasons, meaning David McGoldrick will likely lead the line.

Xherdan Shaqiri rejected a call-up for these qualifiers, with the Liverpool man claiming he wants to focus on turning his club career around.

Benfica’s in-form forward Haris Seferovic will lead the line, with the Premier League duo of Fabian Schar and Granit Xhaka also likely to feature.

Expected starting XI’s
Ireland (4-3-3): Randolph; Coleman, Duffy, Keogh, Stevens; Whelan, Hourihane, Hendrick; McClean, McGoldrick, Robinson
Switzerland (3-6-1): Sommer; Schar, Akanji, Elvedi; Mbabu, Xhaka, Zakaria, Freuler, Mehmedi, Rodriguez; Seferovic

Predictions

Result: Switzerland (6/5 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 0-1 (9/2 with Coral)

Anytime Goalscorer: Haris Seferovic (21/10 with Coral)

Odds correct at time of article (04/09, 21:00), they are subject to change

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