England v Switzerland Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview

by Punter's Hero on June 3, 2011

in Football, Latest News

England will be looking to keep their place on top of Group G in Euro 2012 qualifying when they take on Switzerland at home at Wembley Stadium on June 4th. England beat the Swiss 3-1 on the road back in September in a qualifier with a good all-round performance.

England didn’t qualify for Euro 2008 with Steve McClaren in charge and their fans won’t stand for anything less than qualification this time around. They’re off to a good start with 10 points from four games with three wins and a draw. However, Montenegro also has 10 points, but England has a better goal difference.

Switzerland has been a bit of a disappointment with just four points from a win, a draw, and two losses and they sit in third place in the group. This is a big game for both teams and they should be prepared for a tough battle.

England will be without striker Wayne Rooney, who’s suspended and his Manchester United teammate Michael Carrick also pulled out of the squad, citing an injury. Striker Jermain Defoe pulled out a couple of weeks ago as well with an injury. This leaves Darren Bent, Peter Crouch and Bobby Zamora as the strikers. Joe Hart should be the starting goalkeeper.

For Switzerland, midfielder Valentin Stocker is on the sidelines after having knee surgery. They have brought in a few new faces in Innocent Emeghara, Granit Xhaka, and Admir Mehmedi. Strikers Marco Streller and Alexander Frei have now retired from international football and the Swiss miss them dearly, especially Frei.

Montenegro is playing Bulgaria at home, so the English need three points here to stay on top of the group. England is going with a few younger players these days, but Switzerland is even younger and more inexperienced with defender Stephane Grichting being the only player in the squad who’s over the age of 30.

England has two wins, two draws, and a loss in their last five games, including friendlies while Switzerland has a win, a loss, and three draws. England hasn’t been beaten by Switzerland since way back in 1947.

Switzerland is a pretty hard team to score against, but they have trouble scoring themselves. England is notorious for coming up with bad games against weaker opposition and sometimes play at a slower pace than they should. However, they should be able to come up with a goal or two at home here and beat the Swiss by a 2-1 score.

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