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Switzerland vs Gibraltar: Preview

Gibraltar take on Switzerland at the Stade de Tourbillon in Sion at 18:00.

The hosts will be looking to get back on track after suffering a late equaliser against Ireland on Thursday night. Petkovic’s side now sit third, but with a game in hand over Denmark and two over Ireland – both sit higher than them in the table.

Benfica striker Haris Seferovic will miss the game as he has flown back for family reasons so all eyes will be on Breel Embolo to be the main attacking threat today while Mario Gavranovic is expected to replace Seferovic, according to Swiss media.

Switzerland predicted lineup: Sommer; Elvidi, Schar, Comert; Widmer, Zakaria, Xhaka, Rodriguez; Embolo, Gavranovic, Steffen

Julio will be hoping for the same type of performance, especially the first 50-60 minutes as Dayle Coleing told us in yesterday’s press conference but better refereeing will surely be Gib’s main hope.

Questionable refereeing made Gibraltar’s life even harder than it was already going to be when coming up against a top nation such as Denmark. Ribas never said no to making changes for today’s game but would probably be expected to name the same team which were defeated by the Danes.

Gibraltar predicted lineup: Coleing; Sergeant, R.Chipolina, J.Chipolina, Olivero; Annesley; Hernandez, Walker, Hernandez, Britto; De Barr

Betting:

The Swiss are undoubtedly huge favourites this evening, and the match betting isn’t even worth talking about – so we start off by looking at the correct score betting. The bookies reckon the most likely score tonight will be a 5-0 victory for the home side, at 13/2, with 6-0 close by at 6/1. Logically, the line is then set at 5 in terms of the handicap betting this evening, while, with Seferovic unavailable, Gavranovic is 100/30 to score first. An alternative option would be to back AC Milan full-back Ricardo Rodriguez to score in 90 minutes at 7/5 – he will most likely be on free kick and penalty duty.

For Gib, the goalscorer markets have thrown up some real eye-openers – with bookmaker Paddy Power having Tjay De Barr as the most likely Gib attacker to score, but at 275/1. Meanwhile, Joseph Chipolina is as short as 6/1 to score this evening – meaning that if Gib get a goal and it is someone other than Joseph, you could cash in a big winning.

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