Ireland v Switzerland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 02, 2019
Aviva Stadium - Euro 2020 Qualification
The Republic of Ireland are looking to maintain their unbeaten start to their Euro 2020 qualification campaign as they host Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday. The visitors are a solid team though and are also unbeaten, although they’ve only played twice so far due to their participation in the Nations League finals over the summer.
These countries last met in a friendly back in March 2016, with Ciaran Clark’s second-minute goal settling the contest in Dublin. Before that, the teams hadn’t played each other since qualification for the 2006 World Cup, with both fixtures ending in draws.
Everton full-back Seamus Coleman captains the home team, while veteran midfielder Glenn Whelan is hoping to win his 88th cap. Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick is in line to reach his half century of international appearances, while Charlton’s Josh Cullen and Jack Byrne of Shamrock Rovers hope for their first cap.
Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri misses out on this game through injury, but Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is set to start as captain despite further questions surrounding his discipline in the north London derby at the weekend. Benfica striker Haris Seferovic leads the line, while new West Ham United signing Albian Ajeti should feature.
Ireland v Switzerland Preview and Predictions
The Republic of Ireland have gone back to the future with Mick McCarthy looking to take the Boys in Green to next summer’s pan-European showpiece. The Irish have made a strong start to this qualification campaign, but this is going to be a stern test of their credentials against the group favourites.
Switzerland are a solid, compact side who concede few goals, although they did ship three at home to Denmark in their last Euro 2020 qualifier. They also let in three against Portugal in the Nations League semi-finals. However, the Rossocrociati were only undone by the late brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo on that occasion, with the game looking set to head into extra-time.
Vladimir Petkovic’s side surprisingly drew their game against the Danes after leading 3-0 with little over five minutes left, belying their excellent form over recent years. They beat Georgia 2-0 away from home in their first fixture, while they lost on penalties to England in the Nations League third-place play-off.
Ireland meanwhile have also drawn with Denmark in this current campaign, although their point in Copenhagen was much more commendable. Despite that and three victories in their other three matches, it’s Switzerland who start as the favourites in the betting for this match. The visitors are 6/5 for the win, with Ireland at 3/1 and the draw 11/5.
Under 2.5 goals at 4/9
Neither of these teams are usually renowned for being big scorers, while the away team are hamstrung by the absence of their prime creative outlet in Shaqiri.
Draw and under 2.5 goals at 5/1
This could be a tight and closely-fought contest, and this bet could be attractive as it covers you for a 0-0 and a 1-1 draw.