EURO 2020 – UEFA European Qualifiers – Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland kick off? Tuesday 15th October, 2019 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland being played? Stade de Genève

What television channel is Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland on? Sky have the rights to UEFA European Qualifiers matches in the UK, so it is worth checking the Sky Sports schedule

Where can I stream Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland? If the match is televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go

What was the score when the teams last met? Republic of Ireland 1-1 Switzerland

THE TEAM NEWS

SWITZERLAND

  • Switzerland suffered their first defeat of the campaign in Denmark on Saturday, which leaves them four points off the top two with a game in hand.
  • With the exception of the injured Xherdan Shaqiri, coach Vladimir Petkovic fielded what would probably be considered his strongest starting XI against Denmark.
  • Veteran Stephan Lichtsteiner picked up a knock against Denmark so either Kevin Mbabu or Michael Lang could start on the right side, but that is the only likely alteration.

Predicted line-up (3-4-2-1): Sommer; Elvedi, Schar, Akanji; Mbabu, Zakaria, Xhaka, Rodriguez; Mehmedi, Embolo; Seferovic

Unavailable: Shaqiri (Injured), Zuber (Injured), Klose (Injured)

Doubtful: Lichtsteiner (Injured)

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

  • Republic of Ireland have made life harder for themselves after a disappointing goalless draw in Georgia on Saturday, but a shock win here would see them go through.
  • Left-back Enda Stevens returns from suspension and is likely to replace Matt Doherty, who is naturally a right-back, but no other changes are expected.
  • Youngster Aaron Connolly came off the bench for his debut against Georgia and is likely to feature again after a bright cameo, while fellow striker James Collins was handed his full debut.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Randolph; Coleman, Duffy, Egan, Stevens; Whelan, Hourihane; Robinson, Hendrick, McLean; Collins

Unavailable: Keogh (Injured), Cunningham (Injured), McGoldrick (Injured)

Doubtful:

THE PREDICTION

Switzerland have won five and drawn one of their last six home European qualifiers, scoring 24 goals in the process. Ireland's goalless draw on Saturday was the first time they have failed to find the net in a Euro qualifier since 2014, and with both teams needing the points, there should be goals.

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