Preview: Switzerland vs. Lithuania – prediction, team news, lineups

Switzerland will be looking to make it back-to-back wins at the start of their 2022 World Cup qualification when they host Lithuania on Sunday night.

Vladimir Petkovic’s side opened their Group C challenge with a 3-1 victory away to Bulgaria on Thursday, while Lithuania suffered a 4-0 defeat to Kosovo in a friendly on Wednesday.

Switzerland made the perfect start to their Group C campaign on Thursday, recording a 3-1 win over Bulgaria in Sofia to rise to the top of the section, level on points with Italy.

Petkovic’s team did the damage in six first-half minutes, with Breel Embolo, Haris Seferovic and Steven Zuber all finding the back of the net in quick succession to take the match away from the home side.

Switzerland will now be looking to move onto six points in the section before finishing this international break with a friendly at home to Finland on March 31.

The A-Team will be present at this summer’s European Championships, while they have competed in each of the last three World Cups, reaching the round of 16 in both 2014 and 2018.

A squad full of talent could be a force in the upcoming tournaments, and they have a perfect record against Lithuania, winning the two previous meetings between the two nations in 2014 and 2015.

Lithuania, as mentioned, will enter this match off the back of a 4-0 loss to Kosovo on Wednesday, with the visitors conceding three times in the second half during a difficult 90 minutes.

The fixture was only a friendly, though, as there are only five teams in this World Cup qualification group, meaning that Valdas Urbonas’s side will have the chance to make the perfect start on Sunday.

Lithuania have never qualified for the finals of a major tournament, while they recorded just one win during qualification for the 2018 edition, which is an indication of the size of their task in this group.

Rinktine have been victorious in two of their last four matches, though, winning their last competitive game away to Kazakhstan in the UEFA Nations League back in November, and the visitors will have nothing to lose when they head into Sunday’s clash in St. Gallen.

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