Switzerland – Qatar SOCCER PICKS
Switzerland and Qatar meet at Stadio di Cornaredo, in a friendly match. This will be the 6th of the year for Switzerland, after the previous ones played against England, Japan, Spain, Panama and Greece. In the case of Qatar, this is his 7th friendly of the year, after having already faced Uzbekistan, Ecuador, Palestine, China PR, Syria and Iraq. This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never faced each other before. The Qatar presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
The team of the house disputes its 6th friendly of the year. In the previous friendlies it registered the following markers: England (1-0) Switzerland, Switzerland (2-0) Japan, Spain (1-1) Switzerland, Switzerland (6-0) Panama and Greece (0-1) Switzerland. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses as a visitor. against 10 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a win away with Iceland by (1-2). In the last 9 home matches for all competitions, the Swiss won 7 and tied 2. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 7 times and only managed 1 comeback.
The Swiss team comes to this match with a win, 1-2, against Iceland, in a game for the League of Nations: the goals were scored by Seferovic and Lang. In the last friendly match, the Swiss lost to England, 1-0. In this match against Qatar, a team that is at a very low level, coach Vladimir Petkovic will have to keep the team in a 4-2-3-1, benefiting possession of the ball and the organized attacks: Shaqiri is a very important player in the organization of the offensive process. However, it must be emphasized that Switzerland has presented some defensive weaknesses.
This is the 7th friendly match of the visiting team’s year, after previous friendlies in which they registered the following results: Uzbekistan (2-0) Qatar, Qatar (4-3) Ecuador, Qatar (3-0) Palestine, Qatar (1 -0) PR China, Qatar (2-2) Syria and Iraq (2-3) Qatar. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 1 draw and 9 losses in away matches, with 18 goals scored and 27 conceded; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 29 goals scored and 20 conceded. In the last 8 away matches for all competitions, Qatar won 2, tied 1 and lost 5. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 5 of the last 6 matches for this competition.
Qatar comes to this match with a 2-0 defeat against Uzbekistan, putting an end to the three wins in a row, all in friendly games. In this match against Switzerland, coach Félix Sánchez must keep the team in his usual tactical system, that is, the 4-3-3, benefiting the organization and the fast transitions: Ali Afif is very fast and strong in the transport of ball to the attack. However, the great weapon of the team is midfielder Al-Haydos, player of Al Sadd, a very competent player in the offensive organization.