Spain U21 vs Switzerland U21, KO: 20:00 Jul 1, 2023, Superbet Arena
Spain and Switzerland square off in a quarter-final clash at the European U21 Championship. The Spaniards are unbeaten in the competition and should have too much quality for the Swiss, who barely scraped through the group stage.
Spain are enjoying a fine tournament having progressed to the quarter-finals at a canter. They are yet to taste defeat in the competition and having reached the semi-final in the previous edition, will be looking to go at least one better this time around.
The Spaniards head into Saturday’s clash off the back of a 2-2 draw with Ukraine in their final group stage fixture. They had begun with 3-0 victory over Romania before edging out Croatia 1-0 in their second outing.
The draw with Ukraine was the first dropped points in the competition for Spain, who are looking like one of the favourites to lift the title. In fact, Santi Denia’s men have not tasted defeat for two years, claiming 14 wins and three draws from their last 17 matches across all competitions.
Unlike the Spaniards, who have consistently impressed in the competition, Switzerland’s campaign appears to be on a downward spiral. They failed to build on a 2-0 victory over Romania in their opening fixture and lost their following two matches to barely scrape second place in Group D.
Switzerland are coming off a 4-1 defeat to France in their final group stage fixture. They went into the break level after Dan Ndoye had cancelled out an early opener from the French but conceded three goals in the second half after suffering a defensive capitulation.
That sort of defensive capitulation is not new to Switzerland, who have the worst record in the competition. Patrick Rahmen’s men have conceded eight goals already in the tournament and are without a clean sheet in their last eight matches across all competitions.
How the bookies view it
Head to head
Spain have a 4-1 advantage with one draw from six previous matches against Switzerland at this level. The most recent meeting between both teams was a friendly back in March which ended 3-2 in favour of the Spaniards.
Players to watch
Abel Ruiz has been one of the shining lights for Spain in this competition and has found the net in the last two matches. The striker could be worth keeping an eye on to maintain his scoring run at 2/1 with William Hill.
Switzerland will be looking to Zeki Amdouni to provide the spark in attack having impressed for the senior team in recent times. The striker has found the net just once in this competition and could be backed to get on the score sheet on Saturday at 8/5 with William Hill.
Anything else catch the eye?
Spain and Switzerland produced over 3.5 goals in the friendly back in March and a similar outcome could be on the cards at 39/20 with Unibet. Over 2.5 goals could also be considered at 8/11 with Unibet while bet365 on offering odds of 19/20 on both teams to score.
Spain are priced at minimal odds for a straight victory, so a win and over 2.5 goals could be considered at 6/5 with 10bet.
This match between Spain U21 and Switzerland U21 will be played on Jul 1, 2023 and kick off at 20:00. Check below for our tipsters best Spain U21 vs Switzerland U21 prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.