Scotland vs Switzerland Odds & Pick: Why to Bet Switzerland

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Scotland vs Switzerland Odds

June 19
3 p.m. ET
Scotland Odds+360
Switzerland Odds-118
Over / Under
 +120 / -150
Odds via bet365. Get up-to-the-minute Soccer odds here.

Let's take a look at the Scotland vs. Switzerland odds and make a pick in our Euro betting preview for Wednesday, June 19.

Scotland and Switzerland meet for their second match in Group A with a lot at stake.

Scotland were embarrassed in the opening match of the Euros by the host nation Germany, losing 5-1 with their lone goal coming on an own goal. Steve Clarke's gameplan was puzzling and totally wrong for the opponent they were facing. They need a response here against Switzerland or they could be packing their bags early.

Switzerland were really impressive in their opening match of the tournament, beating Hungary 3-1. The Swiss showed how good of an in-possession side they are given their experience and versatility.

Let's dive into my Scotland vs Switzerland preview.


Scotland looked absolutely lost against Germany from the first minute of their opening match. There really wasn't a clear plan of what they were supposed to do tactically and the players looked really confused. Scotland were playing a high line, but that was pretty much forced by Germany dropping all of their attackers deep in build up, which forced Scotland's center backs to track them, leaving space in behind for Germany to make runs off the back line.

There was also a dilemma of whether Scotland's wingbacks were going to actually mark Germany's fullbacks who were pushing high and wide up the pitch or stay more narrow to avoid getting overloaded in the middle of the pitch. The problem is Switzerland is able to the exact same thing to them because they have a similar build up structure to Germany and operate really well in between the lines.

The other problem for Scotland that was very apparent is they have absolutely no outlet in their attack. They primarily rely on long balls up the pitch and crosses, but they have no aerial threats in the box. In addition, Che Adams is not good in a transition-based system with Scotland, which has been proven for a number of years considering he's only scored six goals for the national team in his career.


Switzerland are a really good build up team and did such a good job against Hungary's low block. They are one of the best teams in this tournament at operating in the half spaces being able to form passing triangles to play through opposing defensive blocks. They did a great job playing through Hungary's 5-3-2 defensive shape on their way to creating 2.3 expected goals on 15 shots.

Things did get a little shaky for Switzerland once they went up two goals, but overall they are a really good team out of possession because of their adaptability to both press teams high and cause problems or to sit in a solid defensive structure. They will likely try to counter-press Scotland when they lose the ball and will have success with it.

They played a lot of teams like Scotland that wouldn’t build out of the back or if they did they Swiss would force them into a long ball up the pitch. You probably will see them play more passively than they did during qualifying and it will be out of a 5-3-2 formation.

The one weakness that Switzerland have without a doubt is defending crosses, especially ones to the back post. Hungary got them with a cross in the first match and that is the primary way Scotland create most of their chances.

Scotland vs Switzerland


I have a real hard time seeing what Scotland are going to be able to change here against Switzerland. The Swiss have the ability to build out of the back and play the same way tactically as Germany did. They also are really good at playing through pressure, so even if Scotland decide to be more aggressive out of possession they should be able to play right through them.

Scotland also simply don't have an outlet in their attack that can threaten the Swiss in transition and they are going to have limited crosses to even take advantage of Switzerland's weakness.

So, I really like the value on Switzerland's moneyline of -115.

Pick: Switzerland ML (-115 via DraftKings

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