Spain Women eyes locked to the quarterfinals

Spain Women eyes locked to the quarterfinals

Spain Women are eyeing to qualify in the quarterfinals for the first time in their history by winning their knockout round against Switzerland Women. Spain have yet to progress in the quarterfinals, as their best finish is a knockout stage finish. As for Switzerland, they are no better as they have yet to qualify in the quarterfinals as well. Just like Spain, their best finish is a finish at the knockout stage, during the 2015 edition. This is already the fourth time that these two teams will meet, with Spain being at the advantage. Spain already won twice of their meetings, while Switzerland only have one win, and no draws between the two teams were made. This meeting will be on August 5, 2023, at 1:00 PM (GMT+8).

Spain Women

Women's World Cup: Spain Women
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Spain did not have a smooth finish in the group stage as they were thrashed by Japan on their final match in the group stage. It was a battle for the top spot for their group, which is why the two teams are eager to prove themselves. Moreover, Spain actually dominated their first two matches in the group stage, going against Costa Rica and Zambia. Their match against Costa Rica ended in a 3-0 win for them, followed by a 5-0 win against Zambia. However, they failed to be as dominant against Japan, who thrashed them into a 4-0 loss. Furthermore, that loss puts them at the second of their group, but is enough for them to qualify for the next round. Moreover, coming into this match, they need to work on their attacks as they are against a well-organized Swiss squad.

Spain are hopeful to have Ivana Andres back after she missed their final group stage because of her injury. Meanwhile, Alexia Putellas is expected to retain her spot in the midfield with Teresa Abelleira, and Aitana Bonmati.

Switzerland Women

Women's World Cup: Switzerland Women
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Meanwhile, Switzerland were able to finish their group with five points across their names. They opened their campaign with a 2-0 win against the Philippines. However, they failed to build from that win as they were held into a goalless draw against Norway and New Zealand. Those draws are already enough for them to win their group and book their spots in the next round. Moreover, this is just the second time that Switzerland qualify for the World Cup. Going against Spain is not that bad for them, as they scored six goals against Spain. However, in those matches, Switzerland conceded eight goals, which is huge for them. Switzerland’s biggest advantage coming into this match is their defense, as they are a well-organized squad.

There will be no changes in the squad of Switzerland, as they are looking to be consistent in their campaign. Noelle Maritz, along with Julia Stierli, are both patrolling their defense. On the other hand, Eseosa Aigbogun, and Nadine Riesen are both featuring as two full-backs.

Prediction:

Spain Women (2.5)
Odds: -0.93

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