After a two-day break, the Euro 2020 quarter-finals kick-off on Friday, 2 July 2021, when Switzerland and Spain go head-to-head at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.
Both sides have some things in common as they were involved in perhaps the best day in Euros history, with Spain surviving an eight-goal thriller to beat Croatia 5-3 after extra time in Copenhagen, while Switzerland played out a historical game to knock out France in Bucharest.
Spain and Switzerland last met in last year's Nations League and it wasn't an easy match as La Roja earned a hard-fought 1-0 home win in the first leg, before a 1-1 draw in Basel that will be remembered with Sergio Ramos missing two penalties.
Switzerland Betting Preview
Switzerland could be quietly optimistic heading into this quarter-final as the Swiss side already managed to beat the strongest ever Spain selection at the 2010 World Cup and they will be brimming with confidence right now, coming off an exceptional victory over World Champions France.
Despite the worst possible scenario, The Rossocrociati were galvanized in the final minutes of their last-16 tie against France and fought back to claim a 3-3 draw and to take the game into a victorious penalty shootout.
Switzerland were really close to reaching the quarter-finals in France five years ago but they lost to Poland. Unlike then, this time all five penalty kick takers remained composed and goalkeeper Yann Sommer saved Kylian Mbappe's spot kick to seal a shock win for Switzerland.
Finishing third in Group A, Switzerland kicked-off their Euro 2020 campaign with a 1-1 draw against the 2016 semi-finalists Wales before they suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat to hosts Italy.
However, Vladimir Petkovic's men did well when they were up against the wall as Switzerland had to face Turkey in an all-or-nothing clash at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, as Xherdan Shaqiri and Haris Seferovic formed their 3-1 win, while Steven Zuber claimed three assists.
Captain Granit Xhaka is suspended for the quarter-finals so Vladimir Petkovic will be forced to reshuffle his pack, with Denis Zakaria likely to start alongside Remo Freuler in central midfield.
Mario Gavranovic scored the equalizer against France and generally had a strong performance on Monday night, but Vladimir Petkovic is likely to keep faith with Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic up front.
Haris Seferovic's brace against France means he now has three goals at Euro 2020 and the Benfica forward will be keen to score for a third game in a row.
Spain Betting Preview
So with Portugal being dethroned by Belgium, Spain are the ones who can extend the established Iberian hegemony at the Euros and not many were backing them to succeed, particularly after their opening two group games. However, this was the case with Portugal at Euro 2016, when they had to endure some really disappointing performances en route to the title.
La Roja had to endure a difficult start to their Euro 2020 campaign with the back-to-back draws against Sweden and Poland, but Luis Enrique's side were finally effective in their final group game against Slovakia.
Gerard Moreno's late equalizer saved a point for Spain in their most recent meeting with Switzerland but the Villarreal forward may have to settle for a place on the bench in this one as Alvaro Morata will likely lead the line.
Second half substitute Dani Olmo had an instant impact as he assisted for either of Spain's extra-time goals but Luis Enrique may once again keep him for the late stages of the match, with Pablo Sarabia tipped to start at the left wing.
Despite his error, Unai Simon is expected to remain in goal, while Cesar Azpilicueta should also remain at right-back as the Chelsea skipper had an impressive performance against Croatia and he also scored his first international goal.
Elsewhere, experienced Barcelona defender Jordi Alba should return at left-back as Jose Gaya was a surprise starter against Croatia.
Possible Starting Lineups of Switzerland and Spain
Switzerland: Yann Sommer – Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodríguez – Silvan Widmer, Denis Zakaria, Remo Freuler, Steven Zuber – Xherdan Shaqiri – Haris Seferovic, Breel Embolo. (3-4-1-2)
Spain: Unai Simon – Cesar Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba – Koke, Sergio Busquets, Pedri – Ferran Torres, Alvaro Morata, Pablo Sarabia. (4-3-3)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Spain are -145 moneyline favorites with BetOnline but can we really dismiss Switzerland's odds after the way they've handled the France game?
Spain were always creating scoring chances but they failed to convert them in the opening two games. However, with 10 goals in their last two games (including the extra-time against Croatia), La Roja seem to be confident in their own attacking ability and the morale of their forwards should be much higher than just some days ago.
However, Spain's defense seems to be really vulnerable and Unai Simon's blunder is something that the Swiss side would hope to expose on Friday. With that said, Switzerland should be capable of exposing La Roja's defensive vulnerability and we expect Both Teams to score.