Switzerland vs England betting tips: Nations League third place play-off preview & predictions

Switzerland vs England prediction: Switzerland 1-2 England

After heartbreaking semi-final defeats, England and Switzerland must go again at Estádio D. Afonso Henriques.

With both managers likely to rotate, this game could provide a chance for some fringe players on both sides.

Who will come out on top in Guimarães?

SEVILLE, SPAIN – OCTOBER 15: Ross Barkley of England (top) celebrates with team mates as as Raheem Sterling of England (obscured) scores his team’s first goal during the UEFA Nations League A Group Four match between Spain and England at Estadio Benito Villamarin on October 15, 2018 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Switzerland vs England: Who will win?

Switzerland are 3/1 to win.

England are 17/20 to bounce back from Thursday’s heartbreaking defeat.

A draw, which would force extra time which nobody wants, is 12/5.

Over 2.5 goals is 10/11.

Both teams to score is 5/6.

England to win and both teams to score is 11/4.

Harry Kane celebrates England goal vs Spain

SEVILLE, SPAIN – OCTOBER 15: Marcus Rashford of England celebrates with his teammates Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling of England after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Nations League A Group Four match between Spain and England at Estadio Benito Villamarín on October 15, 2018 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Haris Seferović could lead the line for the Swiss. He is 13/2 to score first and 12/5 to score anytime.

Xherdan Shaqiri looked dangerous on Wednesday. He is 15/2 to score first and 14/5 to score anytime.

Callum Wilson could start up front for England. He is 7/2 to score first and 6/4 to net anytime.

Jadon Sancho is 13/2 to score first and 11/4 to score anytime.

Both Callum Wilson and Marcus Rashford to score is 11/2.

Both Callum Wilson and Jadon Sancho to score is 9/1.

Switzerland vs England: Match preview

Granit Xhaka Switzerland

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland scores his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

A disappointing day for Switzerland.

After a sensational UEFA Nations League group stage campaign, they went into their semi-final with hosts Portugal at Estádio do Dragão as massive underdogs.

They fell behind just before the half hour mark to a brilliant free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo.

1-0 at the interval.

Then, just after half time, came the VAR controversy.

Switzerland thought they had a penalty when Nélson Semedo appeared to bundle over Steven Zuber.

Then, Portugal went up the other and, when Bernardo Silva was brought down by Fabian Schär, they were awarded a penalty.

However, after consulting the pitch-side monitor, referee Felix Brych reversed his decision, awarding Switzerland a penalty and thereby taking one away form the hosts.

Ricardo Rodríguez stepped up and levelled the scoring to 1-1.

The game appeared to be petering out towards extra time but, with just two minutes remaining, Cristiano Ronaldo slotted home with a superb finish.

Then, just a matter of moment later, Ronaldo added his hat-trick cutting in from the left.

Vladimir Petković’s side were knocked out thanks to a masterclass by one of the greatest players of all time.

That game was their first ever semi-final at a major tournament so securing third would be a big achievement for them.

Will they do so?

Will England bounce back from defeat against the Dutch?

PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO – MARCH 25: Jordan Henderson of England reacts during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between Montenegro and England at Podgorica City Stadium on March 25, 2019 in Podgorica, Montenegro. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

As for England, their semi-final defeat was even more heartbreaking.

Gareth Southgate’s side were looking to make amends for the defeat in the World Cup semi-final last summer.

On Thursday in Guimarães, England were awarded a penalty just after the half hour mark.

Marcus Rashford stepped up an slotted it home; he’s scored all five penalties he’s taken in his career.

1-0 to England at half time.

Then, with just 17 minutes remaining, Matthijs de Ligt headed home a Memphis corner.

1-1.

With just three minutes to go, Jesse Lingard slotted in.

The England fans went wild.

But, after video review, the Manchester United man was adjudged to be offside.

No goal.

Extra time to follow.

Then, England shot themselves in the foot.

Not once but twice.

In the seventh minute of extra time, John Stones was caught on the ball, Memphis had a shot before Quincy Promes bundled the ball in over the line off Kyle Walker.

Then, in the 113th minute, Ross Barkley gave the ball straight to Memphis who squared it to Promes.

3-1 to Netherlands.

Game over.

That was England’s first defeat since September against Spain so will they bounce back?

Switzerland team news vs England

Shaqiri Switzerland World Cup

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 22: Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Vladimir Petković does not have the deepest squad at his disposal.

Nevertheless, he’s likely to make numerous changes from Wednesday.

Yann Sommer is likely to keep his place in goal; he has started 38 of his countries’ last 42 competitive games.

In defence, right-back Kevin Mbabu will be hoping for an easier match than he got against Ronaldo on Wednesday.

He’s likely to be joined in defence by Nico Elvedi and Loris Benito with Fabian Schär and Wednesday’s goal scorer Ricardo Rodríguez dropping out.

Djibril Sow and Edimilson Fernandes are likely to come in for Granit Xhaka and Denis Zakaria in midfield.

19 year old winger Noah Okafor is expected to win his first cap.

Albian Ajeti will also come in and join Xherdan Shaqiri as part of the attacking trio.

Haris Seferović will lead the line.

He scored five times in the UEFA Nations League group stages including the hat-trick against Belgium which got them to the Finals.

He also scored 27 goals this season for Portuguese champions Benfica.

Will this side defeat England?

England team news vs Switzerland

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 22: Raheem Sterling of England celebrates as he scores his team’s fourth goal and completes his hat trick during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between England and Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Thursday’s game was Gareth Southgate’s 34th game in charge of England and his 10th starting XI with an average age of under 25

The previous 17 managers to take charge of England did this just ten times in 595 matches combined.

He is likely to ring the changes for this one.

There could even be a change in goal.

Jordan Pickford has started England last 14 competitive games in a row but Southgate might give someone else an opportunity.

Jack Butland has been number two for a few years but Tom Heaton’s outstanding performances for Burnley should see him earn his fourth cap.

In defence, the two full-back are likely to remain the same.

Ben Chilwell and Kyle Walker are likely to go again due to the Champions League Final involvement of both Danny Rose and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

At centre-back though Michael Keane and Joe Gomez will come in for John Stones and Harry Maguire.

In midfield, Fabian Delph and Declan Rice should keep their places.

Eric Dier could come in for Ross Barkley who’s likely to miss out through injury.

Up front, Callum Wilson is expected to start for just the second time; he scored against USA in his only other start.

He’s likely to be flanked by Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard.

Will this mix and match side have enough to defeat Switzerland?

Predicted Switzerland line-up vs England

Predicted Switzerland line-up vs England

Predicted Switzerland line-up vs England.

Predicted England line-up vs Switzerland

Predicted England line-up vs Switzerland

Predicted England line-up vs Switzerland.

Nations League highlights: Switzerland 5-2 Belgium

Euro qualifier highlights: Denmark 3-3 Switzerland

Nations League highlights: Spain 2-3 England

Nations League highlights: England 2-1 Croatia

Euro qualifier highlights: England 5-0 Czech Republic

Euro qualifier highlights: Montenegro 1-5 England

The latest tweets from Switzerland pre England

The latest tweets from England pre Switzerland

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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