Start date: 23. Mar 2019, 16:00
Location: Tbilisi Venue: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Referee: Craig Pawson, England
NAME: Georgia – Switzerland
DATE: March 23, 2019
TIME: 14:00 UTC
VENUE: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi , Georgia
My opinion about the game and prediction
I don’t know why bookies gives so high odds for Switzerland on this game.
Georgia won 4 of last 5 matches, but average level of their opponents was low and this wins victories mean nothing important.
Switzerland won just 2 of last 5, but their lineup are much better and experienced in big games.
It will be the first match in Group D and both teams will try to get 3 points of this game.
I think real odds for Switzerland is 1.50-1.60, so we will bet on this match because odds is too high and value.
Switzerland to win the match with odds 1.72 in 1xbet
Match preview and statistical info
Though underdogs here, the hosts will more than likely give a good account of themselves after going unbeaten in four of the five competitive matches on home soil over the last calendar year (W3, D1, L1).
The hosts gained promotion from League D after they went unbeaten in the inaugural UEFA Nations League (UNL) campaign (W5, D1), giving them good momentum for the Euro 2020 qualifiers. It should be noted though, that Georgia failed to win in any match against higher-ranked opposition in their last UEFA qualification campaign, for the 2018 World Cup.
Visitors Switzerland take to the field unbeaten in 11 of their last 12 matches away from home against opposition ranked lower than themselves (W9, D2, L1). Notably, the Swiss have scored at least twice in two-thirds of those victories.
The first goal could be crucial here, as each of the visitors’ last four matches outside of Switzerland have been goalless at the break. Relevantly, including qualification playoffs, Switzerland’s last four UEFA zone qualifiers played away from home have been settled to nil either way (W3, L1).
Players to watch: Vako scored twice in Georgia’s recent UNL home victory over Andorra. The midfielder scored ten times in 33 matches for San Jose in the 2018 MLS campaign.
In the absence of top-scorer Haris Seferović, Switzerland will look to the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, who provided two assists in their last match, and recently scored in a 6-0 rout of Iceland.
Stat attack: Four of the five defeats suffered by Georgia during their last UEFA zone qualifiers saw them lose after a level half-time score.
Only one team has scored in eight of Georgia’s last ten matches.
Four of the last five away goals scored by Switzerland in a UEFA zone qualification campaign have arrived in the 15 minutes immediately after half-time (46-60 mins).