Sports Innovation previews the World Cup Qualifier between Switzerland and Italy and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.
A top-of-the-table showdown awaits in Group C as Switzerland and Italy lock horns in Basel on Sunday for a 2022 World Cup qualifier.
A 2-1 friendly win over Greece last week served as a decent warm-up for Switzerland. With two games in hand over Italy, the A-Team can still close that four-point gap to the Group C leaders. The second-placed hosts currently have six points from two games in the table. Losing several players, though, could hurt their chances of a result on Sunday.
Italy, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier last week. The European champions have won three of their four games to sit on top of Group C.
Let’s have a look at the form of both sides and the stats from their previous encounters to come up with a reasonable betting prediction.
Stats and analysis
Switzerland enter the showdown with some low key stats from their last 10 World Cup qualifiers. The A-Team hit the target 1.9 times on average per game, scoring 19 goals along the way. They conceded a total of 5 goals, an average of 0.5 per game, as they held on for a clean sheet in 7 of those matches.
Despite their talented attacking options, Italy haven’t been very prolific. The Azzurri have found the back of the net 10 times in the last 10 World Cup qualifiers, creating an average of 1.0 goals per game. However, like Switzerland, they were solid in defense, with only 6 goals conceded, which is a highly respectable average of 0.6 per game. They kept 6 clean sheets in these matches.
World Cup Stats and facts for Switzerland vs Italy.
Fun stats Switzerland
- Switzerland unbeaten the last 8 matches in a row at home;
- Switzerland scored in the last 6 of 8 matches;
- Switzerland conceded in the last 5 of 7 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 3.5 in Switzerland’s last 2 of 4 matches.
Fun stats Italy
- Italy unbeaten the last 5 matches in a row;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Italy’s last 10 of 12 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Italy’s last 9 matches in the row;
- Italy scored in the last 7 of 9 matches.
Form Switzerland vs Italy
Switzerland hope to boost points tally.
Results have been pretty much up to scratch in recent matches for Switzerland, who have performed more or less according to expectations. In their last 3 matches, Murat Yakin’s side played out a 3-3 draw against France, followed by a 1-1 draw with Spain. Their most recent match brought a 2-1 win against Greece.
Italy can build on recent results
Like Switzerland, results have been pretty much up to scratch in recent matches for Italy as well. In their previous 3 matches, Roberto Mancini’s side experienced a 1-1 draw with Spain and went on to a 1-1 draw with England, winning both Euro 2020 encounters on penalties. Their latest match served up a 1-1 draw against Bulgaria.
Switzerland vs Italy Fixture History
The last match between Italy vs Switzerland was a European Championship match back on 16 June 2021 and saw Italy claim a 3-0 victory. 2 times in the last 5 matches between Switzerland and Italy, over 2.5 goals came out as a winning bet. Both teams found the back of the net 3 times in those 5 matches. Italy enjoy a 2-3-0 advantage in the World Cup against Switzerland.
Mario Gavranovic and Xherdan Shaqiri are both out for Switzerland, leaving the goal burden on Haris Seferovic’s shoulders for this match. Meanwhile, Federico Chiesa continues to impress and hopes to add to his goal tally for Italy.