Switzerland v Japan Betting Tips & Preview – Friday 8th June 2018

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Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland meet Akira Nishino’s Japan at the Stadio di Cornaredo in Lugano on Friday night for an international friendly. With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just a week or so away, both nations will be on the lookout for a win in this one. This will be the Swiss’ final game before facing Brazil in their first World Cup fixture in Russia on June 17th.

Petkovic’s side, who had a very impressive qualifying campaign, are the strong favourites in this one. However, the Japanese have several classy players who are more than capable of putting on a performance in Lugano. These two countries have not met often over the years, but we should be in for an entertaining fixture in southern Switzerland on Friday night.

Top Tips

Switzerland to Win to Nil @ 6/4

Switzerland to Win -1 @ 15/8

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Switzerland Form

Switzerland have a tough group to navigate in Russia, with the likes of Brazil, Costa Rica and Serbia standing in their way. With the Brazilians expected to win Group E, the race between the other three for second spot should be a captivating battle. Since missing out in 1998 and 2002, Switzerland have been regulars at the World Cup, reaching the Round of 16 stage in both 2006 and 2014.

La Nati were superb during qualifying, winning nine of 10 matches. However, after taking maximum points from nine games, a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in their final qualifier saw Switzerland finish second. They then faced Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland in the play-offs, winning 1-0 on aggregate after the two legs. Since losing to Poland at UEFA Euro 2016, the Swiss have won 13 of 16 matches. Petkovic’s in-form Red Crusaders could be dark horses this summer.

MatchDateScoreResult
Spain v Switzerland 3rd June 2018 1-1 Draw
Switzerland v Panama 27th March 2018 6-0 Win
Greece v Switzerland 23rd March 2018 0-1 Win

Japan Form

On their way to Russia, Japan stormed AFC qualifying Group E with seven wins and a draw from their eight games to progress to the Third Round of the Asian Cup. In a group with the likes of Saudi Arabia and Australia, the Japanese won six, drew two and lost two of 10 qualifiers to end up top of Group B on 20 points. After failing to qualify for seven successive World Cups, Japan have been involved in each of the last six, including this summer’s tournament.

Worryingly for Nishino’s boys, they head into this one in pretty poor form. Since beating China PR 2-1 back in December last year, Samurai Blue have lost three and drawn one of their previous four ahead of their trip to Lugano. After playing the Swiss, Japan have one last friendly against Paraguay to contend with before getting their World Cup campaign underway with a match against Colombia in Saransk.

MatchDateScoreResult
Japan v Ghana 30th May 2018 0-2 Loss
Japan v Ukraine 27th March 2018 1-2 Loss
Japan v Mali 23rd March 2018 1-1 Draw

Head to Head Stats

These two countries last went head-to-head back in 2007 in a Four Nation Tournament matchup. In a thrilling contest in Klagenfurt, the Japanese came from two goals down and scored in the last minute to seal a 4-3 win – something similar on Friday will be very welcome for us neutrals.

They also locked horns in a Carlsberg Challenge match in Hong Kong way back in 1993, which was won on penalties by Switzerland after a 1-1 draw in normal time. Roy Hodgson was the manager of the Swiss back then.

DateHomeScoreAwayResultCompetition
11th Sep 2007 Switzerland 3-4 Japan Japan Four Nation Tournament
23rd Jan 1993 Switzerland 1-1 Japan Switzerland (pens) Carlsberg Challenge

Injuries & Suspensions

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka missed last week’s friendly with Spain with a knee injury. The midfielder is also likely to sit this one out, but he has been named in Switzerland’s 23-man World Cup squad. Meanwhile, Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri played 90 minutes in the draw with the Spanish after an injury scare in training. Japan have no fresh concerns.

Switzerland

  • Granit Xhaka - Arsenal man a doubt for this one after picking up a knee injury

Japan

  • No injuries

Betting Tips

Switzerland have been in terrific form for the last couple of years under the management of Petkovic, and they will be looking to continue that ahead of this summer’s World Cup. The Swiss’ remarkable run of results since Euro 2016 should not go unnoticed, and Petkovic and his troops will back themselves to go far in Russia. After a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Spain last Sunday, Switzerland will be looking to sign off for the World Cup with a win in Lugano this Friday night.

Switzerland to Win to Nil

Alvaro Odriozola’s strike for Spain in Villarreal last Sunday was the first goal the Swiss have conceded since losing 2-0 to the Portuguese in their final qualifying group game back in October. Switzerland have kept four clean sheets in their last five, and we’re backing them to win to nil (6/4) against Japan on Friday.

Switzerland to Win -1

Switzerland won by more than one goal on six occasions during qualifying. Have a punt on the home team to win -1 at 15/8 on Friday.

Switzerland to Win 2-0

As for the correct score in this one, we like the look of the big price of 6/1 for Switzerland to beat Japan 2-0 in Lugano.

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