Andorra vs Switzerland
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Monday, 10th October 2016
Kick-off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella.
Switzerland have done themselves good in this campaign so far, winning 2 games from 2. They have defeated Portugal and Hungary in their first 2 games, now they will travel to Estadi Nacional to Andorra on Monday night.
Switzerland have racked up 6 points from their first 2 games to keep them top of the group B table. Their 2-3 away win against Hungary on Friday showed how much they have improved recently. Goals from Seferovic, R. Rodriguez and V. Stocker handed the Swiss side victory while Szalai’s brace pulled two goals back for Hungry but it wasn’t enough for the equalizer. The Swiss side will hope to continue their excellent campaign with a win in this game.
Meanwhile, Andorra was sent to the bottom of the group by Cristiano Ronaldo and his cohorts on Friday night as they beat them 6-0. Andorra have been so poor recently, and the Friday game reflected their poor form, showing how weak they are defensively. They need to look into their defense and also create scoring opportunities if they hope to get something out of this game.
Head To Head
This will be the first meeting between these sides.
73% of Andorra's last 11 home games have seen Under 3.5 Goals, as have 80% of Switzerland's last 20 on the road.
36 year old defender Ildefons Lima is the most experienced player in the Andorra squad and will be tasked with leading the back-line to try and stop Ronaldo. He is also the top scorer by a large margin, with his ten goals in 102 appearances bettering midfielder Marc Pujol's two goals in 69 games.
Juventus defender Stephan Lichsteiner will captain the squad, whilst the main attacking threats will come from the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and teenage striker Breel Embolo. Other big names include left back Ricardo Rodriguez. Defender Leo Lacroix will hope for his debut. Arsenal new boy Granit Xhaka will be back after serving his suspension for getting sent off against Portugal.