Switzerland vs England, Sunday’s match for the UEFA League of Nations, Third/Fourth place Playoffs, at the Stadium D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães.
Switzerland have made good appearances lately, and despite the good performances the Swiss have made in the group stages, they seem like the outsider of the four finalists of this competition.
I think that is a factor that certainly England wants to take advantage of this apparent inexperience of the Swiss. In the game against Portugal, Switzerland were generally always more dangerous than the Portuguese in the semi-final, but there was no response to the individual brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo with a hat trick that basically led his countrymen to the final.
The team however can draw some positive points from the defeat in the semi-finals. Switzerland, in fact has a good national team, but feels a great lack of quality of individual stars.
This Sunday game will give right to be on the podium to whoever will be the winner and Xherdan Shaqiri has aptitude enough to really give an aid to his team to beat England.
It is the second consecutive playoff that the three lions vie for in third place after the semi-final defeat that was not so distressing when they played with Croatia in July last year where they also lost to Belgium.
This time it was the Netherlands that took the best on the set of Gareth Southgate in regular time, with contours identical to those of the game with Croatia.
Southgate will want to remedy the defensive mistakes that caused the two final goals their team conceded against the Dutch.
England may be a little downtrodden after their defeat but they will certainly want to be on the podium. England have an excellent record against Switzerland, but you have to take into account that you will face a very good team, with Xherdan Shaqiri, who did not play much in Liverpool for this season, and showed great physical freshness.
Both Switzerland and England want to finish in the best way this first edition of the Nations League. I think it will be a very balanced game; however the English have a stronger team.