The action in Group A continues on Friday, as the other two teams in the group clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. Switzerland will be heavily favored to land maximum points, as they are clear second favorites to progress from Group A.
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The second match in Group A will take place in New Zealand on Friday morning, as Switzerland open their account against the Philippines. The European nation is clearly second choice in the betting to progress from the group, meaning that they will be expected to get off to the dream start. This will be Switzerland’s second appearance at the World Cup, having previously reached the round of 16 at the 2015 tournament.
However, despite reaching the knockout round, they only registered one victory during the campaign. Switzerland come into the tournament in exceptionally poor form, as they haven’t won a match since booking their spot at the World Cup with a playoff win over Wales in October. Since then, they have been held to five draws from seven matches, which includes a recent 0-0 stalemate against Morocco.
It will be a famous moment for the Philippines, as they will be making their World Cup debut at the tournament this year. They achieved a spot at the competition after reaching the last four at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup last year, which was their best ever showing at the regional tournament. Defensively, they were solid at that competition, keeping two clean sheets in three group stage matches.
However, the trends go against them when it comes to this opening match. Only one previous nation from the AFC region has won their debut match at the World Cup, as China registered a 4-0 win over Norway in 1991.
Philippines vs Switzerland Head to Head
This will be a first ever meeting between Switzerland and the Philippines. However, the Swiss lost on their only previous clash against a nation from the AFC region at the competition, as they were beaten 1-0 by Japan in the 2015 tournament.
Philippines vs Switzerland Prediction
Neither side comes into this match with much momentum behind them, but the Philippines could be one of the nations that neutrals will enjoy watching. However, the preference is for the European nation to kick off with a victory in New Zealand.
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