Northern Ireland vs Switzerland by Blackcrow
They have a solid defence made of McLaughlin, McAuley, Evans and Brunt who play in the Premier League but apart from that, there is not much level of experience playing at the higher levels. However they are not to be dismissed lightly as their fans will roar them on to get something out of this game, and given that they have scored in each of their five group games at home, then there is reason to believe that they can do so again here
Switzerland, much like their opponents, are a team with not many standout players, but play well as a team. They were somewhat unlucky they did not directly progress as they lost 2-0 in Portugal, and hence lost out on goal difference. Besides that game, they scored at least twice in each of their other four way games in the group games, though they did play against the likes of Andorra, Faroe Islands, Latvia and Hungary.
What the Swiss have though is a bit of quality and creativity in Shaqiri, and believe that he has that X factor to decide this game. Having played at Stoke, he will be used to the type of players he will be up against here, and though it looks like a pretty even game, believe that he will be the difference. Can see the home side coming out and looking to land a big punch with an early goal but leave themselves vulnerable to getting a goal.
Another game which looks like the under is the obvious play but going with the idea that two similar sides who have shown that they can score from their limited chances, will score here but believe the Swiss will end up winning, as they do have that bit more quality about them.
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|Switzerland to win and both teams to score||Bet365||6.50||3||0-1 LOST (-3 units)|