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Prospects not Bright for Switzerland at Euro 2024

Switzerland have progressed beyond the group stage of the European Championships on two occasions, reaching the Round of 16 in 2016 and the quarterfinals in 2020, marking their first time advancing so far. They are the second choice in online betting in their group and will be looking to beat their best result when they head for the 2024 edition.


Prospects not Bright for Switzerland at Euro 2024
Switzerland's national football team head coach Murat Yakin | Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

History Not on Switzerland’s Side

Despite the fact that Switzerland missed only two World Cups until 1966, the team managed to qualify for the European Championship only at the 10th attempt in 1996.

However, the team’s debut did not go well, and they had to wait for their first victory at the continental tournaments until the European Championship at home in 2008. However, then, as well as at Euro 1996 and Euro 2004, they failed to get out of the group.

They managed to do it at the 2016 European Championship, reaching the Round of 16, but they managed to surpass the achievement at the next tournament, losing to Spain in a penalty shootout quarterfinal.

There’s plenty of talent for head coach Murat Yakin to choose from, with defenders Manuel Akanji, Fabian Schar and Ricardo Rodriguez joined by midfielders Denis Zakaria, Granit Xhaka and, of course, Xherdan Shaqiri.

Breel Embolo will likely lead the line too, but before the tournament, Yakin will have to whittle the team down to just 26 players by UEFA’s deadline of June 7, meaning 12 unlucky stars will be dealt some bad news in the near future.

With bundles of experience within the Switzerland Euro 2024 squad, there’s no reason why they can’t turn the magic on in Germany. Xhaka has shone in the country for Bayer Leverkusen this season, and if he manages to transfer that form onto the international stage, they’ll be in good stead.

Yakin is expected to field his team in a 3-4-1-2 formation, with the experienced Yann Sommer in goal. Forming a solid defense at the back will likely be Akanji, Nico Elvedi and Rodriguez. In the midfield, Xhaka, Remo Freuler, Ruben Vargas and Dan Ndoye are likely to make an impact.

Shaqiri, Zeki Amdouni and Noah Okafor are likely to form an inverted triangle in the final third. Switzerland is Germany’s main contender for the first place in Group A, but Hungary are no walkovers. The best Switzerland can do is to finish third and qualify further in the competition. It’s better to avoid them and not include them in your soccer picks and parlays.



Switzerland’s Strengths and Weaknesses

The Swiss have been drawn in Group A, where they will be joined by the tournament hosts Germans, Scotland and Hungary.

Yakin’s troops were close to being left without a ticket to the continental championship as half of their 10 matches were drawn and they finished second, just two points ahead of Israel. The consistency is not there for the Swiss team

There is major doubt if the players can repeat the 2020 effort as the team gets older and only a few young players managed to break into the team. Most of them are second-string players.

Defensively solid is what we associate with the Swiss team. Very few defeats and hard to beat for any team are their main characteristics.

On the other hand, inconsistency and patchy form is holding the team back. Finishing second in an easy group behind Romania is not what’s expected from them. Overall, an aging squad will not help matters at the Euros.

They will play Hungary in their first game and they enter as favorite priced at +115 on the three-way moneyline, but you should definitely fade them here and take Hungary PK +½ at -110 according to the latest soccer odds.



Question of the Day

Who is the player to watch for Switzerland?

Captain Granit Xhaka will play higher up the pitch for his country. Has had an outstanding season for his club and will be looking to transfer that form for his national team. Two goals and two assists and close to four ball recoveries per match in the qualifiers, these are some of his numbers. He also tends to get booked so he’s another great player to back for yellow cards.

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