Can Spain put the Swiss out of their misery?
Spain will hope to continue their impressive Nations League campaign on Saturday evening when they host strugglers Switzerland in Zaragoza.
Luis Enrique’s charges know the permutations – a win will seal a spot in the Nations League Finals next summer if Portugal slip up. Were Portugal to taste defeat, it would render the Iberian derby on Tuesday a dead rubber.
Switzerland’s travails have been clear for all to see, picking up just one victory in 2022, although that did come in the Nations League group stage against Portugal.
The only injury worry for the Swiss is that of defender Ricardo Rodriguez. Were he to miss out, then Fabian Schar or Eray Comert could fill in.
Spain, meanwhile, are in fine fettle. Although Sergio Ramos was overlooked for the latest round of Nations League games, Borja Iglesias was handed a call-up to the senior squad following his exploits with Real Betis this term where he has netted six times in La Liga.
Ahead of kick-off, we have scoured the market and handpicked a couple of tips for you to line your betting slips with.
Spain to lay down a marker
While Spain are arguably one of the strongest teams in Europe, it seems to have escaped the attention of those who watch international football regularly.
Nevertheless, with the World Cup on the horizon, Spain are simmering to the boil nicely, notching six goals and amassing eight points from their four Nations League games to date.
There appears to be no obvious chinks in their armour, and while they only eked out a 1-0 win away to Switzerland earlier in the summer thanks to a Pablo Sarabia strike, it should be more comfortable this time for Enrique’s charges.
I’m leaning towards the Correct Score section and I fancy Spain to cruise to a 3-1 victory. If you like the sound of this, then you can find an enticing price of 12/1 advertised by William Hill.
Pablo Sarabia at the double
Enrique isn’t short of options, and when you throw Iglesias’ name into the mix, Spain have plenty of dynamism and they will cause teams problems.
But Sarabia has caught the eye during the current Nations League campaign, chipping in with two goals. His sharp movement will ask questions of the Swiss backline and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he got on the scoresheet this weekend.
Goals haven’t been hard to come by for Spain, and they will create plenty of chances. And if you are swayed by the Goalscorer Market, then you can locate odds of 10/1 with Paddy Power for Sarabia to net a double, which may be worth exploring further.