Switzerland vs Qatar Betting Preview – 14/11/2018

Switzerland vs Qatar Betting Preview – 14/11/2018

Switzerland vs Qatar

On Wednesday evening in Lugano, Switzerland play a routine friendly in preparation for their upcoming, crucial Nations League game against Belgium. They host Qatar, who are thinking well ahead to the defining 2022 World Cup where they hope to be in a position to compete.

Under Vladimir Petkovic, Switzerland have been remarkably competitive, and their recent record of qualifying for tournaments and getting out of groups has been based on a bedrock of consistently beating opposition that they should be beating, a category their opponents Qatar undoubtedly belong in.

In between the losses to Poland (on penalties) and Sweden that knocked them out of Euro 2016 and this summer’s World Cup, Switzerland only lost one game in two years. However, they suffered something of a slump since Russia, and while they bounced back from their World Cup exit in their Nations League debut, thrashing Iceland 6-0, they suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in over two years; a 1-0 defeat to England in a friendly, and a 2-1 loss to Belgium in the Nations League.

Both of those sides reached the semi-finals in the summer, however, and arguably Sweden in the World Cup aside, Petkovic has maintained his unbeaten record against sides with inferior players. Once again, they defeated Iceland in the away leg last month after the consecutive defeats.

Key players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri had different fortunes in the Premier League at the weekend. The former was culpable as Arsenal conceded to Wolves and gained just a point, while the latter scored in Liverpool’s win over Fulham. They have each scored two goals in their last ten games for the national team.

Given the home advantage and the dearth in quality between the two teams, its no surprise that Switzerland are odds-on to win, with 2/11 at SkyBet the leading market price. To lengthen the odds, the odds of 5/4 offered by SkyBet for them to win by three or more goals is worth considering, after they recently trashed Iceland.

Qatar have flown under the radar somewhat, but look to be steadily improving and their record over the last six games is reasonably good; with three wins over China, Palestine and most impressively, Ecuador, who qualified for the last World Cup ahead of Chile.

In that encounter, Qatar raced to a 3-0 lead on the hour mark, before being made to sweat with a final scoreline of 4-3. A brace from Al Duhail’s Al Moez Ali was responsible for securing the win, and he’s undoubtedly their danger man, with four goals in his last four games for the national team.

Qatar’s record on the road, however, isn’t so good, as their last match, a month ago at Turkmenistan – ranked 128th in the world by FIFA – demonstrated. A 2-0 defeat. They’ve lost four of their last five games outside of Qatar, including their last two competitive fixtures on the road – a 3-1 loss to Syria in World Cup qualifying, and a 2-1 loss to Iraq in the Gulf Cup. Going away to a side with as dependable record as Switzerland and expecting to get anything from the game appears too big of an ask.

However, there might be value in backing them to score: both teams to score is priced at 13/8 with Bet365, while a Switzerland win and both teams scoring is priced at 12/5. Qatar haven’t score in their last two away trips but recently put four goals past Ecuador at home, and score back-to-back away matches in Iraq as well as Syria.

Recommended Bets:

Switzerland to win by three or more goals at 5/4 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Both teams to score at 13/8 with Bet365 – BET HERE