Date: 30th May 2021
Time: 11:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Kybunpark, Switzerland
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With the league season coming to an end, it’s time for some international football as Switzerland hosts the USA for a friendly match on Sunday. Interestingly, both the sides had a good outing last time around as Switzerland defeated Finland 3-2 in April, while USA beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in March. In eight encounters between the two sides in past, Switzerland have won thrice, lost once and the rest four have ended in draws. With some exciting talent in both sides, it is certainly going to be an exciting game of football in St. Gallen.
There are a few doubts over the availability of midfielder Djibril Sow who has been struggling with a minor injury. Apart from him, the hosts have a fully-fit roster and there could be potential debuts for few players like Gregor Kobel and Andi Zeqiri.
The visitors will be without their star player Christian Pulisic, who was involved in Chelsea’s UCL triumph in Porto. Apart from him, midfielder Tyler Adams could also be unavailable due to a back problem. Players like David Ochoa and Justin Che could be in line to make their debuts.
Talking about defenders, Manuel Akanji and Sergino Dest are two impact players who have the experience of playing for big clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona, respectively, which could come in handy in this contest. However, all eyes will be on the star-studded midfield battle between Granit Xhaka and Weston McKennie and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. Xherdan Shaqiri has 23 goals in his illustrious international career and he will surely want to step up for his side ahead of the all-important Euros. On the other hand, 18-year-old Giovanni Reyna has looked quite impressive in the few international matches he has played (2 goals in 4 matches) and will be one of the X-Factors in this contest.
Probable Starting XI
Yvon Mvogo, Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez, Silvan Widmer, Denis Zakaria, Granit Xhaka, Loris Benito, Xherdan Shaqiri, Breel Embolo, Haris Seferovic
David Ochoa, Reggie Cannon, John Brooks, Matt Miazga, Sergino Dest, Weston McKennie, Sebastian Lletget, Kellyn Acosta, Giovanni Reyna, Daryl Dike, Brenden Aaronson
Goalkeepers: Yvon Mvogo, David Ochoa
Defenders: Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Matt Miazga, Sergino Dest, Ricardo Rodriguez
Midfielders: Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Weston McKennie, Giovanni Reyna
Strikers: Daryl Dike, Breel Embolo, Haris Seferovic
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