Switzerland vs Lithuania prediction, preview, team news and more
Switzerland welcome Lithuania to AFG Arena in St. Gallen for the second game of their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
the Rossocrociati started their campaign with a flattering 3-1 victory over the Bulgarian minnows on Thursday night.
Breel Embolo, Haris Seferovic and Steven Zuber all scored in the opening 13 minutes in Sofia to fight the Lions. Bulgaria withdrew a consolation goal in the second half.
The victory puts Vladimir Petkovic’s side above Italy on the top goal difference of Group C after the opener. They hope to retain first place with three more points this weekend.
Lithuania are the lowest ranked team in the group and were also beaten 4-0 by Kosovo in a friendly last night.
However, the Baltic nation impressed last year in the UEFA Nations League, giving Albania, Belarus and Kazakhstan a tough run for their money.
Switzerland vs Lithuania head to head
The two previous meetings between the teams took place in qualifying for Euro 2016, with Switzerland beating Lithuania at home and away with an aggregate score of 6-1.
Switzerland Form Guide (all competitions): DLDWW
Lithuania Form Guide (All Competitions): DWLWL
Switzerland vs Lithuania team news
With the Red Cross playing a friendly against Finland next week, Petkovic could be tempted to play the same roster again on Sunday.
Key players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic were all in good shape Thursday night and could hold onto their places in the starting XI.
However, experienced players like Admir Mehmedi and Mario Gavranovic, both off the bench against Bulgaria, could have a start.
Valdas Urbonas have named a solid roster for the Kosovo friendly and could field the same XI again.
Switzerland vs Lithuania XI predicted
Switzerland (3-4-1-2): Yannick Sommer; Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez; Kevin Mbabu, Robin Freuler, Granit Xhaka, Steven Zuber; Xherdan Shaqiri; Haris Seferovic, Breel Embolo.
Lithuania (4-2-3-1): Tomas Svedkauskas; Saulius Mikoliunas, Markas Beneta, Vytas Gaspuitis, Egidijus Vaitkunas; Vykintas Slivka, Martynas Dapkus; Justas Lasickas, Arvydas Novikovas, Gratas Sirgedas; Fedor Cernych.
Prediction Switzerland vs Lithuania
Despite all of Lithuania’s improvements over the past year, Switzerland remains a difficult prospect for them.
They were beaten 4-0 on their last visit to Switzerland and we expect a similar result on Sunday.
Prediction: Switzerland 3-0 Lithuania