Switzerland vs Germany Bet Builder Tips: Hosts to secure top spot in Group A

 | Saturday 22nd June 2024, 9:30am

Saturday 22nd June 2024, 9:30am

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Switzerland and Germany meet at Deutsche Bank Park (Frankfurt) on Sunday evening (20:00, BBC Two) for their final group game after both making an unbeaten start to Euro 2024, though it is the latter who hold a two-point advantage heading into the weekend.

Read below for my Switzerland vs Germany bet builder tips ahead of this Group A decider.

Switzerland vs Germany Bet Builder Tips

  • Germany To Win
  • Under 3.5 Total Goals
  • Niclas Fullkrug Anytime Scorer
  • Emre Can To Be Carded

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Germany To Win

Germany beat both Scotland (5-1) and Hungary (2-0) with the minimum of fuss to strengthen their claim to be crowned Euro 2024 champions next month. Switzerland should provide sterner opposition on Sunday, but they only need a point to clinch second place, and even a low-scoring defeat should do the trick.

Therefore, I expect Germany to do themselves proud on home turf again and make it three out of three wins in Group A. One point would suffice in their bid to top the table, but this is another chance to send a statement out to the rest of the competition.

Switzerland were terrific against Hungary as they won 3-1 in their opening game last Saturday, but they were more subdued against the Scots in midweek as they played out a 1-1 draw, and I'm not sure they can stop the German train heading their way this weekend.

Under 3.5 Total Goals

There were six goals in Germany's opening-day victory over Scotland and four the following day as Switzerland beat Hungary, but the sides witnessed just two each in their next games.

Six of Germany's last seven matches have ended with three or fewer goals scored, and four of their five wins in 2024 have gone under 3.5 total goals, with Julian Nagelsmann seemingly having solved the defensive deficiencies that had plagued the national team in 2023.

Germany have kept three clean sheets in their last six contests and now face a Swiss side that has only scored multiple goals in two of their six games this calendar year, one of which came in a 4-0 victory over international minnows Estonia earlier this month.

The other four matches all finished with two or fewer goals scored, and I don't think we will see more than three strikes on Sunday, especially as a narrow defeat would see Switzerland achieve their objective.

Of course, the Swiss want to win, but they will be realistic and won't want to push the envelope in case they end up on the end of an embarrassing defeat like Scotland.

Niclas Fullkrug Anytime Scorer

I can see Nagelsmann making changes in their final group game for a few different reasons.

Firstly, they are assured of a top-two spot and need only a draw to confirm first place. Secondly, the pressing style demanded by the German head coach is one that can have an adverse physical effect, and resting players on Sunday would allow individuals to conserve some energy ahead of their last 16 tie next week.

If Nagelsmann does switch things up, Niclas Fullkrug looks well-placed to make his full Euros debut. The Borussia Dortmund striker was a second-half substitute for Kai Havertz in Germany's opener against Scotland and took just five minutes to get himself on the scoresheet, and he was only denied a brace by the VAR.

The 31-year-old was one of the first cabs off the rank again on Wednesday as he replaced Havertz before the hour mark, and he could have scored with a headed opportunity late on.

Fullkrug scored four headers for Dortmund last season and will look to Switzerland's first match for inspiration after Hungary striker Barnabas Varga headed one in against the Swiss.

Emre Can to be carded

Another Dortmund player that could be given the nod on Sunday is Emre Can who, like his club teammate, scored as a substitute against Scotland.

Despite not making Germany's original squad, Can has featured in both group games and looks a likely candidate to start against Switzerland, with Robert Andrich and/or Toni Kroos being handed a breather.

Can wasted no time getting into the thick of the action on the opening day, committing one foul as well as scoring, and in the Bundesliga last season he averaged 1.1 fouls per game. That number rose to 1.5 in the Champions League, and in another reputable tournament, don't be surprised to see the 30-year-old putting himself about again.

He was booked five times in the 2023/24 Bundesliga campaign and a further four times in the Champions League, so a card on Sunday isn't out of the question if he does indeed start.

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