Ireland vs Switzerland – History and form disfavour Ireland in crucial clash

All of the odds are against the Republic of Ireland before their penultimate EURO 2020 qualification match vs Switzerland. Ireland are currently joint on 12 points at the top of qualification Group D with Denmark. Switzerland trail the two leading nations by four points, but with an extra game to play. 

With three wins and three draws, Ireland are still undefeated in the EURO 2020 qualification campaign. While McCarthy’s side let a big opportunity slip this past weekend versus Georgia. 

Ireland and Georgia played to a 0-0 draw this past Saturday. Ireland have been excellent defensively throughout this campaign, but Georgia are a good side who don’t allow a lot of space for the opposition to play. Many would have predicted a 0-0 draw for Ireland away to Georgia. 

However, Ireland’s final two games will be played versus Switzerland and Denmark. These are Ireland’s two Group D qualification rivals. Both of these teams have more quality than Denmark and will be much tougher to beat. 

Had Ireland beaten Georgia, they would now be six points ahead of Switzerland in Group D. This would mean that two draws for Ireland in their final two qualifiers would have been enough to secure qualification. 

As things stand, Ireland need to win one of their final two qualifiers to advance to next summer’s tournament. The first of those two games will take place away to Switzerland tomorrow evening. 

Ireland’s away record in recent times doesn’t give Irish fans much faith in their chances tomorrow evening. Ireland have won just two of their last twelve away matches in all competitions. They have scored just seven goals over these twelve games. 

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Ireland’s first-choice striker David McGoldrick will miss tomorrow’s game due to injury. Image source – FAI.ie

Meanwhile, the Swiss are far from an easy side to beat on home soil. In fact, Switzerland have lost just two of their last fifteen home games in all competitions. On top of that, one of these losses was a penalty shoot-out loss to England. They have won eleven of their last fifteen home games, scoring a total of 40 goals. 

Ireland have historically got a good record vs Switzerland. They have won eight of the seventeen games played between the two, losing just five. However, Ireland have only ever won once away to Switzerland. This win came in 1937. Given Ireland’s recent form, their record versus Switzerland is looking unlikely to change tomorrow. 

Ireland will host Denmark in their final EURO 2020 qualifier in November. Ireland’s home form has been much more impressive in recent times. On top of that, Denmark’s away form has not been anything to shout about either. 

Ireland have lost just one of their last eight home games in all competitions. Meanwhile, Denmark have won just two of their last eight away games in all competitions. 

It would be a weight of the shoulders of all Irish fans if the Boys in Green pulled off a massive win in Switzerland tomorrow. However, it is looking likely that Ireland’s future will still be uncertain coming out of this international break.

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