England vs Switzerland Bet Builder Tips: Jude & Xhaka sure to be in the thick of it

 | Friday 5th July 2024, 9:00am

Friday 5th July 2024, 9:00am

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England and Switzerland meet in the quarter-finals of Euro 2024 on Saturday (17:00, BBC One), with the hotly-anticipated clash taking place at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf.

Read on for my England vs Switzerland bet builder tips with a midfielder from either side playing key roles in this 6/1 shot.

England vs Switzerland Bet Builder Tips

  • Under 2.5 total goals (90 mins)
  • Jude Bellingham 1+ shots on target (90 mins)
  • Granit Xhaka 1+ shots (90 mins)
  • Granit Xhaka 1+ fouls (90 mins)
  • Each team over 9.5 booking points (90 mins)

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Under 2.5 total goals (90 mins)

All four of England's games at Euro 2024 so far have gone under 2.5 goals in regulation time, and it's difficult to back against a fifth-straight match going that way.

Rumours are that Gareth Southgate may revert to a five-man defence on Saturday, a formation that may make the team more solid and less susceptible to counter-attacks - which the Three Lions were vulnerable to against Slovakia - but it's not particularly encouraging for the team's attackers, who are already struggling.

Of course, going to five at the back doesn't automatically make you 'defensive', but there could be one less forward on the pitch, and with Switzerland well-versed in their own five-man defence formation, there is a chance the sides could cancel each other out in Dusseldorf.

Switzerland beat Hungary 3-1 in their opening match of the tournament but their subsequent three games have all seen exactly two goals scored, with a couple of 1-1 draws against Scotland and Germany followed by a 2-0 victory over Italy in the last 16.

The Swiss are a solid outfit, with a terrific goalkeeper in Yann Sommer protected by three more than capable defenders in Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji and Ricardo Rodriguez, while Remo Freuler and Granit Xhaka also provide terrific stability in midfield.

Jude Bellingham 1+ shots on target (90 mins)

Who else? Well, it could be Harry Kane, who is technically averaging a shot on target every game, higher than Bellingham's 0.5, but Kane's most recent effort on goal actually came after regulation time, when he nodded in to give England the lead in extra time.

Both of Bellingham's shots on target have resulted in a goal - the winner against Serbia on matchday one and the dramatic late equaliser against Slovakia last time out - and he is clearly the man for the big occasion.

I expect him to step up again in the quarters, and at least force Sommer into a save in regulation time.

Granit Xhaka 1+ shots (90 mins)

If Bellingham is England's go-to guy, then Xhaka is that for Switzerland.

The Bayer Leverkusen star hasn't come in clutch the same way England's number 10 has in front of goal, but his industrious displays in the middle of midfield have been instrumental in leading the Swiss to the last eight.

Xhaka is yet to get on the scoresheet at Euro 2024 but he has been consistent in his approach, recording one shot in every game so far, and I expect him to fire off at least one on Saturday, with Jordan Pickford already beaten by a long-range effort from Denmark's Morten Hjulmand in the group stage.

Granit Xhaka 1+ fouls (90 mins)

Xhaka is always in the thick of the action and is averaging 1.5 fouls per game so far in the tournament.

He kept it clean against Scotland but fouled once against each of Hungary and Italy, while a bruising battle with Germany saw him commit four fouls and get booked for his troubles.

A fascinating battle awaits in the middle of midfield with England's Declan Rice, and you can bet Xhaka will be well up for teaching the Arsenal ace a thing or two.

Each team over 9.5 booking points (90 mins)

England only picked up one yellow card across their first two group games - against Denmark - but picked up three against each of Slovenia and Slovakia, incurring 30 booking points in both as a yellow is worth 10 booking points with Betfred.

Switzerland, meanwhile, were given two yellows (20 booking points) against Hungary, two (20 booking points) against Scotland and three (30 booking points) against Germany, though they kept their slate clean against Italy last time out.

I can't see them repeating that feat, however, so I'm backing both teams to receive over 9.5 booking points in regulation time for the final leg of this bet builder.

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