Select a Team

Prev Game: FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Mon 10th Oct

prev game - Switzerland
team 1 score team 2
Andorra 1 - 2 Switzerlnd

Next Game: FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Sun 13th Nov

next game - Switzerland
team 1 score team 2
Switzerlnd 17:00 Faroe Isl

Margairaz looking for upset

Swiss midfielder believes midfield battle is key

By Francisco Acedo.   Last Updated: 07/09/10 12:44pm

  • Share:
Margairaz: Confident

Margairaz: Confident

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Switzerland midfielder Xavier Margairaz is confident his side can upset the odds to beat England.

SKY SPORTS ON SKY There's more live football on Sky Sports than ever before, including the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, England away Euro 2012 qualifiers and La Liga. With four live Sky Sports channels, as well as Sky Sports News, you'll never miss a moment on Sky. Click here for more.

The two sides meet in their Euro 2012 qualifier in Basel on Tuesday, with England already top of the group following their 4-0 win over Bulgaria on Friday.

The Swiss, however, are likely to pose a sterner test of England's confidence and resolve following their collapse at the hands of Germany in the last 16 of the World Cup.

Ottmar Hitzfeld's side produced the shock of the tournament in their opening group game when they beat eventual champions Spain 1-0, but they still failed to make it to the next phase.

However, the FC Zurich player feels that if his team keep organised, they could steal a vital win in St. Jakob Park.


"The battle against England will be in the midfield. If we impose our style, I am convinced that England will not be comfortable and this increases our chances to win," said Margairaz.

"Switzerland dream of victory because this group is very equal and to fail at home generates problems in the table. I do not accept one point.

"We do not live in fear after the English triumph against Bulgaria. We are different squads and in Basel the situation will not be easy for our rival.

"The race for first position is between England and us. The two matches will decide this aspect.

"(Frank) Lampard is not in, but it's key to stop people like (Steven) Gerrard, (Theo) Walcott and (James) Milner. There is the danger for us because they work very well with the forwards.

"England are improving match by match and they possess new footballers with enormous quality. For this reason their injuries are not so decisive like in other squads because they have sensational substitutes."

  • Share:


Related Profiles

Most Popular


Wednesday Euro stars to watch

Wednesday Euro stars to watch

A Manchester United target and a future French star are among the players to look out for on day six of Euro 2016.

Euro 2016 group permutations

Euro 2016 group permutations

Before the final match day in the Euro 2016 group stages, we run through what each side needs to qualify for the last 16.

Sky Sports Euro 2016 predictor

Sky Sports Euro 2016 predictor

Who will triumph in France this summer? Plot how the tournament will pan out with the Sky Sports Euro 2016 predictor....