Euro 2024: England vs Switzerland quarterfinals betting preview

05 Jul 24
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Euro 2024: England vs Switzerland quarterfinals betting preview

We’re officially down to eight teams left at Euro 2024, and there are no big surprises. The majority of the tournament contenders remain. On Saturday, England will be looking to continue their pursuit of a title when they lock horns with a strong Switzerland team. The kick-off is scheduled for 12 PM ET at Merkul Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf. The Three Lions barely got through to the last eight, beating Slovakia in the Round of 16 in extra time. They’ve yet to really prove their worth. The Swiss meanwhile knocked off the holders, beating Italy 2-0 last week, and will head into this clash with momentum. Below, we will preview the game.

Highlights

  • England and Switzerland clash in the quarterfinals
  • The Three Lions are a slim favorite
  • Who will move on?
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Head-to-head history

History is undoubtedly on England’s side when it comes to this matchup. The Three Lions have only lost once in their last 24 meetings with Switzerland. Since 1981, England is also unbeaten in their previous 13 games against the Swiss, winning nine and drawing four times. The English have five straight wins to their name vs Switzerland.

Can England move on?

With arguably the most talented squad at Euro 2024, expectations were sky-high for England coming into Germany. While they still are, Gareth Southgate’s men haven’t exactly looked convincing. Despite finishing at the top of their group, the Three Lions had one win and two draws, scoring a mere two goals. They beat Serbia but settled for stalemates against Denmark and Slovenia.

The Round of 16 was nearly a repeat of the Iceland defeat in 2016. The Slovenians went up by a goal in the 25th minute and kept England at bay until the final minutes of injury time in the second period where Jude Bellingham banged in a beautiful bicycle kick to force an extra 30 minutes. Southgate’s group rode the wave and quickly took the lead thanks to Harry Kane. They never looked back.

Sure, progressing is great, but England must be a mile better, especially against Switzerland. They’re a confident side right now after eliminating the Italians. It will be interesting to see what Southgate’s selections are for the starting XI on Saturday, with youngsters Kobbie Mainoo and Cole Palmer eager for more minutes. The Three Lions are a slight favorite with +120 odds at Sports Interaction.

Switzerland looking for the upset

As you can see above, Switzerland’s track record against England is absolutely terrible. That being said, it won’t scare them the least. Two draws and a victory saw them through to the Round of 16 where they absolutely ran riot on Italy. While the Swiss only controlled 49% of the possession, Murat Yakin’s squad beat the Azzurri to every single ball and just frankly outplayed the Euro 2020 winners.

Midfielder Remo Freuler netted the first with a wonderful finish before Ruben Vargas scored one of the goals of the tournament. He was also named the MOTM after assisting Frueler’s strike. Switzerland put away two of their four shots on target. It was a very impressive performance from the 19th-ranked team in the world.

Past results are also a reason for optimism for the Swiss. They’re unbeaten in the last eight matches and have just one loss in their previous 18 appearances since the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Switzerland has a strong backline and more than enough attacking options to possibly pull off the upset here, which is why their odds aren’t far behind England’s at soccer betting sites for this quarterfinal encounter.

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Quinn Allen is a seasoned sports journalist from Vancouver, Canada. Quinn is a full-time senior editor for ClutchPoints where he specializes in baseball, soccer, basketball, and football. Quinn has been working in the industry for five years and brings a unique outlook to sports journalism, having played high-level soccer and baseball growing up. Quinn resides in Kelowna, Canada, and enjoys playing soccer and going to the gym.