Despite a seemingly clear-cut hierarchy between first and second (Netherlands and Sweden) and third and fourth (Portugal and Switzerland), narrow goal differences ensure that there’s still everything to play for on the final matchday of Euro 2022’s Group C. Sunday at Bramall Lane, the Dutch take on fourth-placed Switzerland, needing a result to ensure a spot in the quarterfinals.
Switzerland Women vs Netherlands: Betting Tips
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Switzerland Women vs Netherlands: Predictions
Switzerland Women vs Netherlands Women: Predictions
|Netherlands with a (-1) handicap in the 2nd half?||Yes||13/5 with Betfair|
|Netherlands to score at least 3 goals?||Yes||8/5 with Betfair|
|First Goalscorer||Jill Roord||6/1 with Betway|
Fascinatingly, only one group out of four – this one – has not yet seen a clean sheet. As a result, despite the Netherlands and Sweden each holding a three-point edge over third and fourth-placed Portugal and Switzerland, their goal differences of +1 (and, conversely, the goal differences of just -1 for the bottom two) mean the defeat for either would mean elimination from the tournament.
After a 1-1 draw in the opener with co-group favorites Sweden, it looked as though the Netherlands had found their stride on Matchday 2 against Portugal, when they took a 2-0 lead after just 16 minutes. However, as they’ve done in each of their two matches, the Portuguese fought gamely, and cut the lead and half a few minutes before halftime, before leveling the score just two minutes into the second half.
The Netherlands ultimately pulled back in front thanks to a Danielle van de Donk goal in the 62nd, and certainly could have had more – for instance, the Jill Roord goal that was ruled out by VAR for offside just two minutes after Portugal’s equalizer. It’s worth noting, though, that despite those clear cut chances, and the Netherlands’ clear edges in possession (60%-40%) and shots (17-10), Portugal actually put more of their attempts on net (6) than did the Dutch (5), and forced four saves from keeper Daphne van Domeselaar. While it’s true that the Dutch boast as much depth and proven top-tier quality in attack as any side in this tournament, their defense thus far has ensured that they’ve needed every bit of it.
Switzerland, meanwhile, have made life difficult for themselves. Against Portugal, the Swiss jumped out to a 2-0 lead inside of five minutes… but did not put another shot on goal for the remainder of the match, but conceded to Diana Gomez and Jessica Silva on either side of the hour mark, and needed four saves from their keeper just to secure a point.
Their next time out, against Sweden, yielded a 2-1 defeat that’s superficially solid, but masks the fact that the Swiss were outshot 15-5, and mounted just 58 total attacks and 18 dangerous attacks, compared to 171 and 69 for the Swedes – who, for good measure, after trading goals with the Swiss in the 53rd and 55th minutes and pulling ahead for good in the 79th-minute, had the ball in the net again in the 88th, only to have the goal disallowed by VAR.
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Switzerland Women vs Netherlands head-to-head
These nations have met five times in the past eight years, though not since November 2018. That most recent meeting was, in Switzerland, was a qualifier for the 2019 World Cup, which ended in a 1-1 draw. The Dutch wont he three meetings prior to that, and scored at least three goals on each occasion.
Switzerland Women vs Netherlands match stats
While it’s true that the Switzerland need merely one victory to punch their ticket for the quarterfinals and completely upend the Dutch, that feat for this Swiss team is much easier discussed than achieved.
The fact is that, with the exceptions of PSG’s Ramona Bachmann, Paris FC’s Coumba Sow and Barcelona’s Ana-Maria Crnogorčević, this side is light on world-class talents. Under any circumstances they’d likely to find it extremely difficult to deal with any version of a Dutch attack that, even in the potential absence of Arsenal superstar Vivianne Miedema (COVID; stay tuned for updates on her availability), boasts Van de Donk, Roord, Lieke Martens and Lineth Beerensteyen – and this version is highly-motivated to not just secure three points, but also to send a message to the rest of the tournament field. Look for the Netherlands to start strong, build a lead and not look back.
Switzerland Women vs Netherlands: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Switzerland Women 0-4 Netherlands Women
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