Czech Republic vs Switzerland Nations League preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, prediction, form guide
Thursday, 2 June 2022
When is it? How can you watch it? All you need to know about the UEFA Nations League Group A2 game between Czech Republic and Switzerland.
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Czech Republic and Switzerland meet in UEFA Nations League Group A2 on Thursday 2 June.
Czech Republic vs Switzerland at a glance
When: Thursday 2 June (20:45 CET kick-off)
Where: SINOBO Stadium, Prague
What: UEFA Nations League Group A2 fixture
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage will appear here
Where to watch Czech Republic vs Switzerland on TV
Fans can find their local UEFA Nations League broadcast partner(s) here.
Czech Republic: Vaclík; Zima, Brabec, Krejčí; Coufal, Sadílek, Souček, Zelený; Jakto, Kuchta, Hložek
Switzerland: Sommer; Widmer, Elvedi, Schär, Rodríguez; Sow, Freuler, Xhaka, Vargas; Embolo, Okafor
Czech Republic (most recent match first): DLWWWD
Switzerland (most recent match first): DLWDWW
Ondřej Zlámal, match reporter: Jaroslav Šilhavý renewed his contract in May and leads a Czech side relying on a backbone of West Ham duo Tomáš Souček and Vladimír Coufal and the experienced Tomáš Vaclík into their first League A campaign. Top scorer Patrik Schick is out, though, and Hradec Králové's Adam Vlkanova is in line for his first cap. Switzerland, Nations League finalists in 2019, lost to the Czechs at UEFA EURO 2008 but they are much stronger these days.
What the coaches say
Jaroslav Šilhavý, Czech Republic coach: "There is nothing easy about what lies ahead, and our other opponents in the group [Portugal and Spain] are very difficult, so the games against the Swiss are very important. This is a Champions League for national teams; you could call it a mini-EURO. It's a pity some of our best players are unavailable, but everyone will do their best."
Murat Yakin, Switzerland coach: "Are we looking for revenge for the 1-0 loss to the Czechs in the opening game of UEFA EURO 2008? There are feelings attached to every opponent, but in sport, [revenge] isn't a thing. The important thing is to look ahead. To play good football focused on results. To finish near the top of this group, and above all, get a rhythm going for our big goal: the World Cup."
What happens after the UEFA Nations League group stage?
The four group winners in League A will advance to the knockout finals with, in principle, one appointed as hosts. The semi-finals will be played on 14 and 15 June 2023 with the final and third-place play-off to follow on 18 June.
The teams finishing fourth in the groups in Leagues A will be relegated to League B for the 2024/25 edition.