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European Championship | Group Stage
Jun 19, 2024 at 8pm UK

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Preview: Scotland vs. Switzerland - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Wednesday's European Championship clash between Scotland and Switzerland, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Scotland shipped three goals and were reduced to 10 men in Friday's heavy defeat to Germany, so they knew the importance of getting off to a positive start against Switzerland.

The Tartan Army ultimately got the start they dreamed of as Scott McTominay fired his left-foot shot past Yann Sommer with the aid of a wicked deflection off Newcastle United's Fabian Schar.

After establishing a 13th-minute lead, Scotland would have been bitterly disappointed to contribute to Switzerland's stunning equaliser, with Xherdan Shaqiri pouncing on a loose backpass to send a sublime long-range strike into the top corner.

Despite taking the lead, Scotland were relieved to make it to half time on level terms, especially as Dan Ndoye had a goal chalked off in the 33rd minute for an offside infringement.

There were still plenty of positives for Scotland to take from their dogged first-half performance, but they will know they need to cut out the costly mistakes if they are to claim at least a point from this contest, as Switzerland's squad boasts enough quality to take advantage of any lapses of concentration.


Having suffered the heaviest-ever opening defeat at the men's European Championships, Scotland seek to restore a sense of pride on Wednesday, when they resume Euro 2024 Group A against Switzerland in Cologne.

After Steve Clarke's men were embarrassed 5-1 by tournament hosts Germany, their Rossocrociati counterparts managed to avoid the same fate by defeating Hungary 3-1.

Match preview

The Tartan Army's party was the talk of the town before Scotland had the honour of kicking off the first match of this year's European Championships, but the celebrations of their ardent supporters were quickly curtailed as a glorious German outfit ripped Clarke's meek men to shreds in Munich.

Florian Wirtz, Jamal Musiala, Kai Havertz, Niclas Fullkrug and Emre Can all helped themselves to goals against the Scots, who played the entire second half with 10 men owing to Ryan Porteous's horror tackle on Ilkay Gundogan before Havertz stroked home his spot kick.

An Antonio Rudiger own goal did spark some buoyant scenes among the Tartan Army, but Can's long-range stunner quickly restored Germany's four-goal lead, thereby ensuring that Scotland would become the victims of the biggest opening win ever posted at a men's Euros.

Already rooted to fourth place in the Group A standings after Friday's chastening experience, Scotland will be out of top-two contention with a defeat - no matter the scoreline in Germany and Hungary's battle - and will be more or less consigned to the same fate with a draw, but Clarke's men still have 180 minutes to save their Euros bacon.

Of course, placing third might still be enough to send Scotland through to the last 16, but recent performance levels may put paid to that idea; Clarke's side now have just one victory under their belts from their last 10 matches in all tournaments and are still waiting for their first Euros finals victory since the turn of the millennium.

While Scotland were left to dissect a lacklustre showing at the Allianz Arena, Switzerland deservedly went into the break two goals to the good against Hungary, as two first-time scorers in Kwadwo Duah and Michel Aebischer ensured that their fast start would be appropriately rewarded.

Murat Yakin's side were guilty of taking their foot off the gas in the second half, though, allowing Barnabas Varga to cut the arrears in half from a Dominik Szoboszlai delivery, but the Rossocrociati's two-goal cushion would be restored in added time via a delicate Breel Embolo lob.

The Monaco man's strike was certainly one for both Switzerland fans and neutral viewers to enjoy, as it was his first appearance for his nation since the 2022 World Cup due to an ACL injury and muscular problem, which limited him to just five Ligue 1 games in the 2023-24 season.

Thanks to the efforts of Embolo and co, the second-placed Swiss will be guaranteed a top-two ranking with victory on Wednesday before tackling Germany in their final group fixture, where Yakin's men will be grateful to take their foot off the pedal a tad if at all possible.

Losing just one of their last 15 matches - and winning three of their last four - has provided the Rossocrociati with solid foundations to build on for the clash with Scotland, whom they have not locked horns with since a 3-1 friendly victory in 2006, when a Kenny Miller strike was for nought.

However, Scotland earned one of their most famous successes in history at the 1996 edition of the European Championships over Switzerland, who succumbed to a winner from Ally McCoist in what was the Scots' most recent win at the continental gathering.

Despite edging out the Rossocrociati on that occasion, Scotland were still left heartbroken, as their failure to score again meant that the Netherlands scraped through to the knockout stages at their expense courtesy of a superior goals scored tally.

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Team News

On account of his straight red card in the thrashing against Germany, Scotland must make do without the suspended Porteous for Wednesday's battle and their final group fixture against Hungary, where either Grant Hanley or Scott McKenna will fill the void at the back.

Porteous's offence would have initially carried a one-game ban, but UEFA saw fit to increase his punishment, meaning that his tournament may very well be over.

It was McKenna's header that Rudiger inadvertently turned into his own net on Friday, but Hanley is expected to get the thumbs-up from Clarke, who should not shy away from another couple of alterations further forward.

Billy Gilmour was surprisingly overlooked for a start against the Germans but is an obvious candidate for promotion to the starting lineup, while Che Adams was virtually anonymous against the Germans - albeit through not much fault of his own - and may cede his position to Lawrence Shankland.

In further good news for Switzerland supporters, midfielder Denis Zakaria - who has been nursing a thigh injury - is now training fully again and is on course to be a part of the squad here, but a start can likely be ruled out.

Steven Zuber has also rejoined the main group following a brief period of discomfort, while Silvan Widmer and Remo Freuler will be suspended for the Germany match if they are cautioned here; Yakin himself was also booked over the weekend for dissent.

Regardless, the Rossocrociati boss will surely see no reason to tinker with a winning formula, thereby keeping Embolo in reserve as he builds up his fitness and keeping faith with Duah, who was making just his second Switzerland appearance in the beating of Hungary at the age of 27.

Scotland possible starting lineup:
Gunn; Hendry, Hanley, Tierney; Ralston, Gilmour, McTominay, Robertson; McGinn, Christie; Shankland

Switzerland possible starting lineup:
Sommer; Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Widmer, Xhaka, Freuler, Aebischer; Vargas, Ndoye; Duah

We say: Scotland 0-2 Switzerland

Scotland's attackers barely saw the ball against Germany, partly thanks to Die Mannschaft's brilliant display and partly due to their perpetually sloppy passing, and a sturdy Swiss side will not give too much away either.

While Yakin's men did go to sleep briefly against Hungary, their three points were merited, and we can only envisage Switzerland sealing their top-two placement while inflicting familiar Euros misery on the Scots.

In doing so, a new page of Swiss history would be written for the Rossocrociati, who have never won both of their opening matches at a major tournament before, despite 12 previous World Cup campaigns and six attempts at Euros glory.

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