FIFA World Cup 2019 Qualifiers
Scotland v Switzerland
Thursday, 30 August 2018, kick-off 7.35pm
The Simple Digital Arena, Paisley
In Paisley, Scotland could take one more step towards World Cup qualification as Switzerland come to town.
Thus far, Scotland have played five games, losing just one, against the Swiss in April.
Scotland go into the match with momentum on their side, following a remarkable turnaround in Kielce, Poland, in the last round of matches.
2-0 down with 12 minutes to go, Scotland looked down and out but goals from Jane Ross, Kim Little and Lisa Evans completed a remarkable turnaround which has revitalised the campaign.
The side that finishes top of their pool automatically qualifies for the World Cup in France 2019.
The four best runners-up will then enter a play-off with one of the four teams eventually emerging as a qualifier for the tournament.
Durham striker Zoe Ness has been recalled for the upcoming crucial matches. Ness has three caps for her country already and scored the first goal in the 3-0 win against Poland earlier in the campaign.
Manchester United’s new signings Lizzie Arnot and Kirsty Smith are also involved in the squad.
What to expect from Switzerland?
Ranked three places above Scotland in the World Rankings, in 18th, Switzerland are the top ranked side in the pool and have yet to lose a game.
They are managed by Martina Voss-Tecklenburg who will move on to coach Germany at the end of this qualification campaign.
Knocked out in the group stages at Euro 2017, Switzerland possess a number of world-class players including Erin Cuthbert’s Chelsea teammate Ramona Bachmann and Wolfsburg’s Lara Dickenmann.
Thoughts of Shelley Kerr
“It’s been a long campaign and we’re in a really good position.
“Having been involved with the national team as a player and coach, it doesn’t get any better than this.
“We’re playing the top ranked side in the group and Switzerland are a great side. It’ll be a tough test but one we’re ready for.
“Every player will approach this game differently. If I was them, I’d jus be focussing on winning the match and that is my message to the players.
“They shouldn’t think too much about the permutations but keep their head in the game, stay calm and aim for the win.
“The squad is competitive and the players are ready for the challenge.
“This game is massive for us and will be a measure of how much we’ve progressed as a team.”
A large crowd is expected at the match and the West Stand will only be open to SSC Members.
There is limited space available in the Main Stand with the North Stand open from 6.30pm for walk-ups.
Adult - £5
Concessions - £2
*SSC Members - Free
A cash gate will be in operation on the night.
Supporters are encouraged to arrive early, enjoy the fan zone, and take their seats before kick-off to avoid large queues.
What’s happening pre-match?
You can warm up for the big match by attending our pre-match fan zone which will be bigger and better than ever, including:
Food and drink
Beat the goalie
Where else can you watch the match?
The game will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA.