Switzerland will see if they have another shock in the tank when they face Spain at the Gazprom Arena on Friday.
The Swiss are the biggest surprise quarter-finalists after they stunned France on Monday. This is their first appearance in the last eight. Spain, on the other hand, are attempting to win their fourth Euro crown and become the competition’s most successful side.
World champions France will be forgiven if they are still scratching their heads following their exit in the round of 16. Down 3-1 with 10 minutes to play, Benfica striker Haris Seferovic and Dinamo Zagreb forward Mario Gavranovic earned Switzerland a draw before they prevailed on penalties. Goalkeeper Yann Sommer will no doubt be basking in the praise after denying Kylain Mbappe from the penalty spot.
Spain were also involved in extra time after conceding twice in the last five minutes. But unlike France, they managed to regather and down Croatia after Juventus striker Alvaro Morata and Real Sociedad attacker Mikel Oyarzabal netted in the extra minutes.
In historical meetings between these two last 8 contenders, Spain are the dominant force. They have won 16 and drawn 5 in 22 matches. Crucially for the Swiss, they can take hope from the last time they met when they walked away with a share of the spoils as the clash ended 1-1.
As far as team changes go, it couldn’t be worse for Swiss fans following Granit Xhaka’s suspension. The Arsenal midfielder, named the Man of the Match against France, was cautioned again and will need to be replaced. Fortunately, star trio Xherdan Shaqiri, winger Steven Zuber and Seferovic are all fit.
Spain will not be able to replace Unai Simon for this tie with David de Gea injured. Simon’s howler against Croatia was a major obstacle for his side to overcome and no doubt Switzerland’s forward line will be adding pressure to every touch.
The Spaniards have no further injury concerns ahead of the 6pm kick off.
The winners will advance to face Belgium or Italy on Tuesday.
Suggested bet: Spain to win 2-1 at 8.2