Germany were desperately unlucky not to claim three points against Spain on Thursday night, finding David De Gea in uncommonly good form in a Spanish jersey before conceding a bizarre equaliser deep into stoppage time.
They will fancy their chances of picking up their first three points of the campaign against a very average, if solid, Switzerland side.
Switzerland went down to newly-promoted Ukraine in their opening game of the campaign and simply never inspire any excitement when they take to the pitch.
They are almost exactly what you’d expect a team from Switzerland to be like and will make life awkward for Germany, but the 2014 World Cup champions should have enough to get over the line.
Germany’s electric front two of Timo Werner and Leroy Sane should cause Switzerland all kinds of problems and it’s hard to see them sufficiently troubling Germany at the other end so this all points to an away win.
Switzerland are rarely involved in thrill-a-minute-games and, with both sides set to play five at the back on Sunday night, this one should be no different.
The Swiss’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign was exceedingly dull and, apart from two handsome wins over minnows Gibraltar and a freak 3-3 draw with Denmark, they failed to score more than twice in a match.
In fact, none of Switzerland’s remaining games had more than 2.5 goals and it’s unlikely that their clash with Germany will be any different.
It’s difficult to see how Switzerland will break through the German defence when they themselves favour an ultra-defensive 5-4-1 formation which, incidentally, still managed to look leaky in their 2-1 defeat to the Ukraine.
The Swiss presented the Ukraine with several gilt-edged opportunities and Germany will punish that on Sunday. With both sides playing five at the back, however, they may just cancel each other out somewhat, making this a low-scoring affair and Under 2.5 Goals.
Timo Werner looked exceptionally sharp in Germany’s draw with Spain and took his goal with great aplomb by wrongfooting David De Gea.
This is, in effect, Werner’s final game of preseason before making his competitive debut for Chelsea next weekend and he will be keen to make an impact ahead of that landmark occasion.
He will also be desperate to improve his goalscoring record for Germany, which currently stands at a respectable 12 goals in 30 appearances. However, that figure is quite modest for a striker of Werner’s calibre and he is yet to fully deliver on the international stage.
If Switzerland defend like they did on Friday, Werner will get chances and you have to fancy that he’ll take at least one.
Furthermore, if this game is indeed low-scoring, then chances are Werner will grab the game’s opening goal if he does manage to find the back of the net.
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