Extending their unbeaten qualifying run and knowing that three more points will secure them a spot at next year’s European Championships, Ireland will make the trip to Geneva on Tuesday night.
While Mick McCarthy’s men may have only managed to pick up a 0-0 draw against a resilient Georgia last time out, the Greens still find themselves at the top of Group D and the mood in their camp remains at a high.
On the flip side, while Ireland might be sneaking towards an automatic route to EURO 2020, Switzerland are a nation that are desperately searching for a response.
Suffering a 1-0 loss away at fellow qualifying hopefuls Denmark over the weekend, a result described as a must-win encounter for Tuesday’s hosts, Vladimir Petković’s men now sit four points adrift of the top-two.
You might be interested to know that with Switzerland are Ireland playing out a 1-1 draw last month, a similar stalemate can be found at 16/5 at Bet365.
Switzerland’s most important Group D matchup so far?
Although Switzerland may have seen their trip to Denmark billed as a must-win matchup, Head Coach Vladimir Petković could only see his side slump to a 1-0 defeat, despite bossing large sections of the game.
Now sat four points adrift of both The Danes and Ireland in Group D, Rossocrociati have also begun to show some real cause for concern over the past six months.
Watching England pick up a bronze medal in the inaugural UEFA Nations League, Tuesday’s hosts have now won just one of their last six matches across all competitions, with that sole victory coming against Group D whipping boys Gibraltar last month.
However, while the Swiss might still sit outside of securing that lucrative automatic route to next year’s European Championships, they are still seen to be a favourite with the bookmakers to close the deficit before next month.
Petković’s men sit at 2/1 with Ladbrokes to clinch top spot, only behind Denmark who find themselves at 8/11.
Ireland continue to battle
Although many were disappointed to have only seen Ireland snatch a 0-0 draw away at a plucky Georgia on Saturday lunchtime, Head Coach Mick McCarthy was left “very happy” with his side’s display on foreign soil.
Still know that their qualifying destiny remains in their own hands, the former Ipswich boss has seen his men enjoy a six-match unbeaten run in Group D, a run that has seen them already take points off of both pre-tournament favourites Switzerland and Denmark.
While their newfound defensive resolve might be impressing many around Dublin, there is no doubt that Tuesday’s traveling support are seeking a more clinical edge in the final third.
Failing to find the net out in Tbilisi over the weekend, Ireland have also scored just a pair of goals in over 400 minutes of action on foreign soil.
You might be interested to know that McCarthy’s men can be found at 5/6 with 888Sport to draw another blank on their travels in midweek.