Spain vs Switzerland preview – Group H

The second Group H match of the 2010 World Cup between Spain and Switzerland will take place on Thursday 17th June at 12:00am Melbourne time at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa.

Spain and Switzerland last played each other in the 1994 World Cup with Spain scoring a 3-0 win over their Swiss opponents.

Spain scored goals at 2.80 per game during qualifying with David Villa the best marksman with 7 goals while David Silva, Juan Manuel Mata and Gerard Pique scored 3 goals apiece.

Switzerland scored at 1.80 per game with Blaise Nkufo and Alexander Frei grabbing 5 each.

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When: Thursday 17th June
Time: 12:00am AEST Midnight Wednesday Melbourne time
Where: Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban
TV: Televised live on SBS

Last time they met
02-07-94 Spain 3-0 Switzerland World Cup

Recent History
02-07-94 Spain 3-0 Switzerland World Cup
15-07-66 Spain 2-1 Switzerland World Cup
24-11-57 Switzerland 1-4 Spain World Cup Qual
10-03-57 Spain 2-2 Switzerland World Cup Qual

Latest Spain and Switzerland form

Spain (#2)
08-06-10 WON Spain 6-0 Poland Friendly
03-06-10 WON Spain 1-0 Korea Republic Friendly
29-05-10 WON Spain 3-2 Saudi Arabia Friendly
03-03-10 WON France 0-2 Spain Friendly
18-11-09 WON Austria 1-5 Spain Friendly

World Cup opening favourites Spain enter the World Cup in the best possible form with 5 wins on the trot and 17 goals scored with only 3 against, inlcuding good wins over Korea Republic and France.

Switzerland (#24)
05-06-10 Draw Switzerland 1-1 Italy Friendly
01-06-10 Lost Switzerland 0-1 Costa Rica Friendly
03-03-10 Lost Switzerland 1-3 Uruguay Friendly
14-11-09 Lost Switzerland 0-1 Norway Friendly
14-10-09 Draw Switzerland 0-0 Israel World Cup Qual

Swtitzerland has not won a match in its last five friendly games although they scored a handy draw against defending champions Italy in their most recent game.

Spain vs Switzerland Preview

Spain
Spain won the 2008 European Championship in fine style and they breezed through the qualifying stage of the World Cup without losing a game and managed 28 goals in the process.

David Villa 3, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Llorente, Jesus Navas have all scored in recent friendly matches.

Switzerland
Switzerland started poorly during qualification with an early loss to Luxembourg before they got on a roll of five wins including wins over Greece and Moldova.

A scoreless draw with Israel in their final game was enough to earn a trip to the 2010 World Cup.

Gokhan Inler found the net in recent warm up games.

Sportsbet odds for Spain vs Switzerland

Spain 1.25
Draw 5.50
Switzerland 12.00

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Spain vs Switzerland Match Prediction

Spain are firing on all cylinders and appear to have too much firepower for Switzerland although World Cup trends at the moment are low scoring affairs with favoured teams being put to the sword.

The Spanish will show why they are favurites to land the title here as they are a high scoring outfit facing a team that finds it hard to score and it’s hard to see anything but a Spanish win here.

Spain are almost bankers for the win but are very short for the average punter and there are other value options on Spain if you are that way inclined.

Game score Over 2.5 goals @ $2.00 or Spain to keep Switzerland scoreless @ 1.50 or have a crack at Spain striker David Villa to score anytime @ 1.83 will all give you a run for your money.

Spain -1 Handicap @ $1.83 at Sportsbet

Back Spain at the -1 and take the double into Chile in the earlier match at around $2.03 at Sportsbet. Make sure you check out Betfair for the best available odds you can get.

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