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Preview: Switzerland Women vs. England Women - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Thursday's International Friendly between Switzerland Women and England Women, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

England will travel to Zurich on Thursday to face Switzerland Women in their final warm-up game before they return home for the Women's European Championship.

The visitors are aiming to clinch their sixth consecutive victory, while Switzerland will be looking to end a five-game winless run.


Match preview

England Women manager Sarina Wiegman before the match on February 17, 2022© Reuters

Switzerland will play host to the Lionesses on Thursday before travelling to England to begin their Women's Euro 2022 campaign against Portugal on July 9.

Nils Nielsen's side had to go through the playoffs to qualify for the summer tournament after finishing behind Belgium in qualifying.

After drawing 2-2 on aggregate against Czech Republic, the Swiss prevailed on penalties to book their place at the European Championships, where they have been drawn in a group that contains Sweden, Portugal and Netherlands.

The confidence gained from qualifying for the tournament has slightly dissipated, with their five matches in 2022 resulting in two draws and three defeats.

Their latest outing would have caused Nielsen some concern after his side lost 7-0 to Germany, so the Switzerland boss will be hoping that his side can offer a positive response against the European Championship hosts on Thursday.

England Women's Millie Bright celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on February 17, 2022© Reuters

While Switzerland are currently enduring a poor spell of form, England look set to enter their home tournament with significant momentum after winning their last five matches.

Thursday's match represents the third international friendly that England will play in June as they prepare for the upcoming European Championships.

They began preparations for the tournament with a 3-0 win over Belgium before Sarina Wiegman got the better of her former side, with England thrashing the Netherlands 5-1 last Friday.

Lucy Bronze restored parity in the 32-minute following Lieke Martens's opener before the Lionesses moved through the gears in the second half, with a Beth Mead brace and goals from Ella Toone and Lauren Hemp helping England secure a comprehensive win over the reigning European champions.

After winning their last five games by an aggregate 26-1 scoreline, England will be hoping to head home off the back of a sixth consecutive victory.

Switzerland Women International Friendlies form:
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L

Switzerland Women form (all competitions):
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L

England Women International Friendlies form:
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W

England Women form (all competitions):
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W


Team News

England Women's Millie Bright celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates on February 23, 2022© Reuters

Lia Walti missed Switzerland's defeat to Germany due to a thigh problem, and with Euro 2022 just around the corner, the Arsenal midfielder is not expected to be risked against England.

Despite conceding seven in their last outing, Switzerland are expected to keep changes to a minimum as they look to establish a settled side ahead of their opening group game against Portugal.

However, there will be one alteration in the final third, with Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic set to come into the side to lead the line for the hosts.

As for England, they are without the services of Bronze, who has pulled out of Thursday's contest through illness.

However, the visitors will welcome Ellen White back into the fold after the forward missed the win over the Netherlands due to COVID-19.

White could be just one of a number of changes that are made to the lineup, as Weigmann looks to keep her players fresh ahead of the European championships, with Demi Stokes, Georgia Stanway, Lotte Wubben-Moy and Mead all set to be given starting spots.

Switzerland Women possible starting lineup:
Thalmann; Maritz, Buhler, Kiwic, Aigbogun; Reuteler, Maendly; Bachmann, Xhemaili, Sow; Crnogorcevic

England Women possible starting lineup:
Earps; Daly, Bright, Wubben-Moy, Stokes; Williamson, Stanway, Walsh; Mead, Hemp, White


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We say: Switzerland Women 0-3 England Women

While Switzerland are currently struggling to find form, the visitors are in a confident mood following five consecutive victories, and we think that England will prove too strong for their hosts to claim another win before Euro 2022 starts on July 6.


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