Switzerland vs Turkey – Euro 2020 Preview

In their 2 games played in the group so far, Switzerland have scored 1 goal, conceded 4 goals, had 24 shots with 5 on target, they have had an average possession of 58%, have been given 4 yellow cards, 0 red cards and 14 corners.

In their 2 games played so far, Turkey have failed to score, conceded 5 goals themselves, had 21 shots with 6 on target, have had an average possession of 50%, whilst being given 4 yellow cards, no red cards and 12 corners.

Turkey need to win and hope for a miracle to qualify as one of the best 3rd placed finishers. A win for Switzerland would give them a decent chance of making the knock out rounds as one of the best 3rd place teams, but it could see them finish 2nd if Wales lose to Italy and Switzerland over take Wales on goal difference. If Wales lose to Italy and Switzerland win, they would be level on 4 points, goal difference would have to be used as in terms of Head to head record they drew when they met. Wales are currently +2 and Switzerland -3, so Switzerland would need to rack up a score themselves or hope Italy do them a favour by routing Wales.

The referee for this game is Slavko Vincic (Slovenia). This season he has refereed 10 games, giving 27 yellow cards and no red cards, an average of 2.70 yellow cards per game. In his career to date he has taken charge of 37 games, giving 145 yellow cards and 4 red cards, an average of 3.92 yellow cards per game and 0.11 red cards per game.

I feel we should see quite a good game here. Turkey will be bitterly disappointed with how they have played this tournament, even a win looks unlikely to get Turkey through, but they will want a win all the same to at least go out with some kind of positive. Switzerland know a win gives them a great chance of going through, either in 2nd or as a best 3rd place finisher. A draw does absolutely nothing for either of these teams, so we should see an attacking game with 2 teams going all out for the win. I can see Turkey scoring for the first time in this tournament and feel the most likely result is that both teams score and one of these sides pinch it 2-1 in an entertaining and feisty game.


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