In the first knockout game of Euros 2016, underdogs Switzerland and Poland will take each other on in what is sure to be a hotly-contested game.
These two have both reached the knockout stages at the Euros for the first time ever but Poland have the upper hand with Switzerland only beating the Poles once out of 10 attempts, with a 2-1 win coming 40 years ago in 1976 whereas Poland have won four and drawn five out of the other attempts. Switzerland
Switzerland have scored both of their goals from corners in this Euros so far, so that is something Poland will need to prepare themselves for before the game. In nine games at the European Championships, Poland have never scored more than once in a game, so Switzerland will be hoping they can make that ten today.
For Switzerland, Breel Embolo, Fabian Schar, Valon Behrami and Granit Xhaka all start one game away from a ban. Meanwhile, for Poland, Bartosz Kaputska is suspended after picking up two bookings in the tournament and Wojciech Szczesny is still out with a thigh injury, which gives Lukasz Fabianski the chance to deputise again.
Switzerland Predicted Line-Up: Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Scahr, Djourou, Rodriguez; Behrami, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Mehmedi; Embolo.
Poland Predicted Line-Up: Fabianski; Piszcek, Glik, Jedrzejczyk, Cionek; Blaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Jodlowiec, Grosicki; Lewandowski, Milik.
For me, I feel that Switzerland’s main man tonight will be Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri. The winger is able to turn a game around in a heartbeat and Poland will need to keep him quiet down the Swiss right if they are to stop his creativity.
In my opinion, Poland’s Kamil Glik will be a major factor in the success of Poland during this game today. Glik will need to be a sturdy character at the back with tough tackles needed for Poland to be able to progress further.
My prediction is that the game will be 1-1 at the end of 120 minutes, with Embolo scoring for the Swiss and Milik equalising for Poland late on. On penalties, I feel that Poland will have the edge and be able to progress through to the quarter-finals.