Март 25, 2019

Euro 2020 Qualifiers Match Previews – 26th March Tuesday

Malta v Spain

Malta will welcome Spain to the Ta’Qali National Stadium on Tuesday as these two sides aim to keep their momentum in the Group F of the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Both teams were the 2-1 winners on the opening matchday over the weekend; however, it doesn’t look like Malta could cause an upset on Tuesday’s match against a side like Spain.  

Luis Enrique and his men were able to deliver a good start to their qualification campaign when they held Norway to a 2-1 victory. Spain had to bounce back from their shameful loss during the final game of their Nations League campaign in November of last year when they were dominated by World Cup runners-up Croatia twice in a 6-0 and 3-2 thrashing in September and November respectively.

On the bright side, Spain are looking to play with a bit more rhythm under Enrique. There’s no doubt that they have enough talented players and high attacking quality to overpower a Malta side. Furthermore, the Sergio Ramos-led team is the strong favourites to top the group stages as well as the favourites to come out as winners on Tuesday.

On the other hand, Tuesday’s hosts were able to bounce back from their crushing 5-0 defeat against Kosovo in the Nations League in November when they held Faroe Islands in a 1-1 draw in their last match in the competition. Malta dominated Faroe Islands in a 2-1 victory when they met once again over the weekend.

However, it doesn’t seem like Ray Farrugia’s side has what it takes to cruise past Spain considering their form at the moment. They haven’t won any of their previous 16 fixtures. Moreover, they only won once in their last 33 matches since the year 2015. Spain weren’t overly convincing in their performance during their opener, but they certainly have what it takes to edge past Malta on Tuesday.

Norway v Sweden

Norway are set to continue their bid for the Euro 2020 qualification when they face Sweden who will be making a trip to the Ullevaal Stadion on Tuesday. Despite facing a 2-1 loss in the hands of Spain over the weekend, the hosts have already secured a place in the play-off after a remarkable performance in the Nations League. They will further strengthen the possibilities of securing a qualification if they can claim a positive result on Tuesday.

The visitors started their qualifying campaign with a 2-1 victory at home against Romania. Sweden have been in a convincing form lately. Janne Andersson and his men are unbeaten in six of their past seven fixtures, claiming two wins and a draw in their previous three matches against Russia (2-0), Turkey (0-1), and Slovakia (1-1).

However, the visitors managed to win just three fixtures on the road. Apart from this, they’re also having a bit of trouble notching up goals, failing to score in three of their previous four away matches both in the Nations League and in the 2018 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Norway will enter this match in quite a confident mood having already secured a play-off spot due to their Nations League campaign which might relieve some of the pressure off. Prior to their loss to Spain, Lars Lagerback and his men are undefeated in their past four fixtures. They’ve also been on a seven match-winning streak at home.

With the home advantage, a strong head-to-head record against the Swedish outfit, and five clean sheets in their five home fixtures, Norway could be the team who would come out unscathed.

Switzerland v Denmark

Switzerland will welcome Denmark at St. Jakob-Park on Tuesday as the hosts take part in the second fixture of their Euro 2020 qualifiers,  while the visitors play the first match of their campaign. Both teams will enter this match in a confident mood since both were able to advance in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The hosts have already secured a spot in the competition’s play-off after a convincing performance in the Nations League. They were able to keep that notable form when they cruised past Georgia in a 2-0 victory over the weekend. Prior to the qualifiers, the Swiss have been in a shaky run of form, winning only two of their past five matches, conceding seven and scoring eight in the process.

Vladimir Petkovic has some really talented players in the squad, with the likes Granit Chaka, Breel Embolo, and Stephan Lichtsteiner to name a few. Some of these players have been making headlines in their domestic leagues. However, Petkovic will be without key players Xherdan Shaqiri and Haris Seferovic since both are ruled out due to injury.

On the other hand, Denmark will enter this match off the back of a 2-2 draw on the road with Kosova last week. The Danes are actually a tough team to beat but with their 2-2 away draw, it doesn’t seem like they will enter this match in confident spirits. However, they have enough strength to possibly overpower a solid Swiss defence.

Furthermore, Denmark are undefeated in the six matches that led up to the Euro qualifiers, winning and drawing three during that period. Apart from this, they have Tottenham star Christian Eriksen included in their lineup.

По @EliaasMJ

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