Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland betting tips: Euro 2020 Qualifier match preview and predictions

Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland prediction: Switzerland 1-1 Republic of Ireland

A potentially decisive day for the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland.

The Irish are still unbeaten in this group and, simply, if they win in Geneva, they will book their place at the European Championships for the third tournament in a row.

Will the Boys in Green be celebrating in Switzerland?

Highlights of Republic of Ireland 1-1 Switzerland

Highlights of Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland

Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland: Who will win?

Switzerland are odds on at 8/13 to claim a pivotal win.

The Republic of Ireland are 4/1 to win and thereby book their place at Euro 2020.

A draw, which is an ok result for both, is 14/5.

Each and every one of Ireland’s last nine competitive games have seen under 2.5 goals and under 2.5 goals is 8/13. here.

Draw and under 2.5 goals is 11/4.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – NOVEMBER 09: Ricardo Rodríguez of Switzerland scores his sides first goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: First Leg between Northern Ireland and Switzerland at Windsor Park on November 9, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Haris Seferović has 17 international goals to his name including six in 2018. The Benfica forward is 7/2 to score first and 13/8 to get his first Swiss goal of this year.

Fabian Schär scored a superb goal in the reverse fixture. The Newcastle centre-back is 11/1 to open the scoring once more and 9/2 to net anytime.

Aaron Connolly is tipped to be the next big thing in Ireland. The Brighton forward is 9/1 to score first and 7/2 to get his first ever Ireland goal.

James McClean is the top scorer in the Irish squad with ten goals for his country. He is 14/1 to break the deadlock and 11/2 to add to his tally.

Both Remo Freuler and Seferović to score is 10/1.

Both Ricardo Rodríguez and Seferović to score is 14/1.

Both McClean and James Collins to score is 40/1.

Both Conor Hourihane and Jeff Hendrick to score is 85/1.

Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland: Match preview

Granit Xhaka Switzerland

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka scores during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group match between Serbia and Switzerland on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Switzerland might be 11th in the world rankings but are in danger of missing out on Euro 2020.

In the summer of 2018, they got out of their World Cup group before losing 1-0 to Sweden in the round of 16.

Nevertheless, that was their joint-best run at a World Cup since 1954.

Then, last Autumn, they qualified for the UEFA Nations League Finals.

In those finals in June, they lost 3-1 to Portugal in the semi-final before losing to England in the third-place play-off.

But, they have not been able to translate this form into this qualification campaign.

It also started so well for them though.

Back on matchday one, second half goals from Steven Zuber and Denis Zakaria saw them win 2-0 in Tbilisi against Georgia.

That is an impressive win given that’s Georgia’s only home loss in the last 11.

Then, three days later, Switzerland were 3-0 up at home to Denmark with just six minutes to play.

But, incredibly, the Danes scored three times to leave St. Jakob-Park with a 3-3 draw.

Amazing.

Vladimir Petković’s side then did not have any qualifiers for six months due to those afore mentioned Nations League commitments.

Back in September, they travelled to Dublin and led late on once again after a brilliant team goal from Fabian Schär.

But, once again they could not hold onto a lead and the match finished 1-1 at the Aviva.

They did then beat Gibraltar 4-0 at home but beating Gibraltar is essentially a given.

Saturday evening they faced a potentially pivotal away trip to the other side in contention in this group, Denmark.

The visitors missed three really good chances but were then hit with a late sucker punch, Denmark scored the only goal of the game with just six minutes to go.

They’ve still only won twice and, if they’re beaten here, their automatic hopes would be over.

Can Ireland book their place at the Euros?

Euro 2020 live streaming

ROME, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of UEFA Euro Trophy in the Stadio Olinpico during the UEFA Euro Roma 2020 Official Logo unveiling at Palazzo delle Armi on September 22, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

As for Ireland, it’s certainly not been pretty but they’re now just one win away from the Euros.

On Saturday afternoon, they drew 0-0 at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena with Georgia in a game void of quality.

However, as Mick McCarthy put it, they’re ‘one point closer’ and his side are still unbeaten.

In March and June, they beat Gibraltar twice and Georgia 1-0 at home.

But, their two decisive results have been 1-1 draws one of which was in the summer.

On matchday three, Shane Duffy’s late header saw them leave Parken Stadium with a draw against Denmark.

Then, the meeting with Switzerland at the Aviva followed the same pattern.

The Swiss took the lead with about 15 minutes to go before a late header, this time from David McGoldrick, salvaged a point for the Irish.

After this, Ireland have just one more qualifier and that is at home to Denmark in 34 days time.

But, that could be purely academic for them.

As it stands in Group D, Ireland and Denmark both have 12 points with Switzerland on eight although they do have a game in hand.

But, if the Republic of Ireland did win at Stade de Genève, Switzerland could not catch them and Ireland would qualify for a third straight European Championships.

If the Boys in Green fail to win this one, a win over Denmark in Dublin would do it.

Will the travelling fans be celebrating in Geneva?

Switzerland team news vs Republic of Ireland

SAINT-ÉTIENNE, FRANCE – JUNE 25: Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Switzerland and Poland at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on June 25, 2016 in Saint-Étienne, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Vladimir Petković is without his star man for this fixture which could be a reason behind their lowly position in the group.

In goal though, as always will be Yann Sommer.

This’ll be his 51st international cap and he has only missed two competitive internationals in the last four years.

Also, he is one of four Borussia Mönchengladbach players in this squad with at least three of them likely to start.

On Saturday in Copenhagen they switched to a back three but are expected to abandon that and revert to a back four here.

Bizarrely, 35 year old Stephan Lichtsteiner started that match but is likely to drop out for Kevin Mbabu.

If they do change system, Nico Elvedi will be the centre-back to drop out with Manuel Akanji partnering the man who scored in Dublin, Fabian Schär.

AC Milan left-back Ricardo Rodríguez has scored five times for Switzerland since his last club goal although six of his eight international goals have been penalties.

Captain Granit Xhaka will partner Denis Zakaria in midfield.

Further forward is where they’re without their gem.

Xherdan Shaqiri missed the last set of internationals after a dispute with the Swiss Football Association.

They did then make up but days later he was ruled out with a groin injury.

Given that the Liverpool man has scored 22 internationals goals, which at least five more than any squad member, he is a massive loss.

Steven Zuber and Christian Fassnacht are also out so they could lack creativity.

Renato Steffen, Remo Freuler and Breel Embolo will be looking to support the main front man.

He will be Haris Seferović who scored 27 goals for Benfica last season which is more than he managed in his previous four season combined.

Can this side defeat a defensively solid Ireland and keep alive their automatic qualification hopes?

Republic of Ireland team news vs Switzerland

Seamus Coleman

DUBLIN, IRELAND – OCTOBER 06: Séamus Coleman of Ireland in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

As for the Republic of Ireland, after an energy sapping trip to Tblisi at the weekend, Mick McCarthy has some decisions to make.

Darren Randolph is very much established as the number one goalkeeper having started each and every one of the last 30 competitive internationals.

In defence, Sheffield United left-back Enda Stevens is back from suspension so will come back into the team.

Matt Doherty, who covered on that side on Saturday, will drop out of the XI with captain Séamus Coleman keeping his place at right-back.

Shane Duffy was a fitness concern ahead of their last game but played the full 90 minutes and will start once again.

With no Richard Keogh, John Egan will be his centre-back partner.

Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan and Jeff Hendrick will continue to make up a functional midfield trio.

Callum Robinson and James McClean are the first choice wide-players but McCarthy has a decision to make up front.

James Collins started on Saturday with man of the moment Aaron Connolly coming off the bench in that game.

However, they are hopeful that David McGoldrick, who scored the pivotal equaliser in the reverse fixture, will be fit and if he is he will start.

Can this Irish side grind themselves to a draw or even a win which would book their ticket to Euro 2020?

Predicted Switzerland line-up vs Republic of Ireland

Predicted Switzerland line-up vs Republic of Ireland

Predicted Switzerland line-up vs Republic of Ireland.

Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs Switzerland

Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs Switzerland

Predicted Republic of Ireland line-up vs Switzerland.

Highlights of Denmark 1-0 Switzerland

Highlights of Switzerland 3-3 Denmark

Highlights of Gibraltar 0-1 Republic of Ireland

Highlights of Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia

Highlights of Denmark 1-1 Republic of Ireland

Highlights of Republic of Ireland 2-0 Gibraltar

The latest tweets from Switzerland pre Republic of Ireland

The latest tweets from Republic of Ireland pre Switzerland

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

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