Switzerland vs Norway
Women’s World Cup Group A
25th July 2023
Preview, analysis and predictions for the Group A Women’s World Cup fixture between Switzerland and Norway.
Switzerland form analysis
Switzerland’s Women’s team has recently competed in a series of friendly matches, and the results show a mixture of outcomes. Let’s delve into each match to understand their performance:
In a friendly encounter, Switzerland faced China PR in a goalless draw. The match showcased the defensive resilience of both teams, resulting in a tightly contested game without any goals.
Switzerland encountered a challenging match against Iceland and suffered a narrow 1-2 defeat. Despite scoring through S. Piubel in the 39th minute, Iceland managed to secure the victory with goals from G. Viggósdóttir (18th minute) and S. Jónsdóttir (73rd minute).
The friendly match against Zambia turned out to be an exhilarating encounter. Switzerland took an early lead through A. Crnogorčević (8th minute), but Zambia fought back with goals from G. Chanda (13th minute), B. Banda (20th minute), and R. Kundananji (45th minute). Switzerland showed resilience as S. Piubel (54th minute) and C. Sow (81st minute) scored to salvage a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Switzerland’s friendly match against Morocco ended in a goalless draw. Despite their efforts, both teams were unable to find the back of the net, resulting in a stalemate.
In the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, Switzerland faced the Philippines and secured a 2-0 victory. Switzerland displayed their quality, with goals from R. Bachmann (45th minute, penalty) and S. Piubel (64th minute) securing the win.
Norway form analysis
In a friendly match, Norway faced Denmark and suffered a 0-2 defeat. Goals from J. Hasbo (9th minute) and S. Svava (83rd minute) secured the victory for Denmark, while Norway faced difficulty finding the back of the net.
Norway faced France in another friendly match, which ended in a goalless draw. The match showcased Norway’s defensive capabilities, holding the French team at bay.
Norway faced Spain and experienced a 2-4 defeat in a friendly. Jenni Hermoso (17th minute, 22nd minute) and Salma Paralluelo (52nd minute, 54th minute) scored for Spain, while A. Hegerberg (20th minute) and C. Andreassen (86th minute) scored for Norway.
Facing Sweden in a friendly match, Norway participated in an intense encounter, resulting in a thrilling 3-3 draw. F. Rolfö (17th minute), N. Björn (83rd minute), and O. Schough (90th minute) scored for Sweden, while F. Maanum (50th minute, 60th minute, 90th minute) netted a hat-trick for Norway.
New Zealand secured a significant 1-0 victory over Norway in a hard-fought battle. The match showcased both teams’ determination and competitive spirit, with New Zealand ultimately emerging as the triumphant side.
Hannah Wilkinson scored the decisive goal for New Zealand in the 48th minute. Her goal proved to be the difference-maker, as New Zealand’s defensive resilience ensured they held onto the lead until the final whistle.
Switzerland vs Norway: Prediction
This is perhaps the closest contest in this group. There is a lot of quality in both these teams. While Norway would be looking forward to registering their first win, Switzerland would want to seal qualification from their group. However, a draw is the likely outcome of this fixture.
Goalless draws have been a staple of these team’s recent games. Therefore, I do not expect any goal from this game.