Switzerland vs Belgium / League of Nations – At the end of this group of League of Nations “A”, it all comes down to this last game and it is no surprise. Island is also in this group, which was unable to parry them in any match, so both Switzerland and Belgium have defeated them without any problems, but the Belgians are currently first in the group because of that victory over Switzerland in their mutual match. The situation is clear, because 2-1 in that first duel and a convincing victory now means the first place for the Swiss, while everything else goes in favour of the Belgians.
Switzerland vs Belgium begins 18.11.2018 at 20:45 CET
The Swiss can be happy, first of all by the fact that they managed to play in such way that the decision falls in the last match in which they are the hosts. Switzerland has defeated the Icelanders twice, with a convincing 6-0 at home, while they had a much harder time as guests and the score was 2-1. They had a 2-0 lead and it can be said that it was not very uncertain. They now have six points won, because they lost to Belgium with 2-1 as guests.
They played very well in that game when they were close to a draw, however, the situation is such that every victory of two goals difference, or without any goals received, leaves them in the first place. The Swiss have played two friendly matches and lost both. Their defeat from England is certainly acceptable, because it was 1-0 at Wembley, but defeat from Qatar a few days ago with the same result is a real sensation. Coach Petkovic has changed the team a little bit, however, there is no justification and now they have to try to fix this, even though they cannot count on the injured Akanji and Embolo.
Probable lineups Switzerland: Sommer – Lang, Elvedi, Schar, R.Rodriguez – Zakaria, G.Xhaka – Zuber, Shaqiri, Seferovic – Gavranovic
When one team achieves three wins in the same number of matches, they simply should not be dissatisfied. However, these three victories did not secure the first place to the Belgians, and now this team has to play the maximally seriously and responsibly in this last match. They defeated Iceland for the first time with a safe 3-0, then they played a derby with Swiss and finally managed to celebrate with 2-1. On Thursday they played against Iceland on their field and needed another win in order to secure their first place.
Island has proved to be a stronger rival than in the first duel and in the first part the Belgians have failed to break their resistance, but they did in the last half hour of the game. The hero of the match was striker Batshuayi, who was given the opportunity instead of R.Lukaku and made the most of it. Vertonghen, Vermaelen and de Bruyne were not in the team due to injuries, who will not be in this match either. Maybe Lukaku recovers, but it is difficult to expect Batshuayi will not get a chance after two goals scored.
Probable lineups Belgium: Courtois – Alderweireld, Kompany, Boyata – Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, T.Hazard – Mertens, Batshuayi, E.Hazard
Switzerland vs Belgium PICK
Switzerland must attack in this duel, regardless of the fact that their opponent is very strong and able to respond. We believe that the host can even score a goal, while it will be much harder to stop the guest strikers, which is why we believe that there will be goals in both nets.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.80 for 888sport (down to 1.70 can be played)
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