Serbia vs Switzerland: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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22nd June 2018 – 14:00 ET
Group E – Kaliningrad Stadium – TV: TSN
Logic dictates that Brazil will finish top of Group E which leaves one place available for either Serbia or Switzerland. The pair meet at the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22nd in the second round of matches and this could be a potentially decisive contest. A draw will not suit either of these two teams and it could be an entertaining 90 minutes. Who will come out on top?
Serbia vs Switzerland Predictions
Serbia got off to the perfect start with three points against Costa Rica and they just about deserved it. They controlled the second half and, although they didn’t create too many clear-cut chances, they never really looked like conceding. They will keen to build upon that success and they will be determined to avoid defeat here.
Switzerland emerged from their opening game with plenty of credit, surprisingly taking a point off Brazil in Rostov. They battled throughout and restricted the space on the pitch. They are likely to deploy similar tactics against Serbia and frustrate their opponents throughout the 90 minutes.
It’s hard to separate these two teams and the points may be shared. A draw can be backed at 3.05 with Pinnacle.
Serbia vs Switzerland Preview
Group E looks wide open and both sides will fancy their chances of picking up three points in this game. Serbia were solid against Costa Rica but struggled to open up the Costa Rican defence for the majority of the 90 minutes. They will need to be a little more creative against Switzerland.
Switzerland were excellent against Brazil and took control of the game in the second half. They made themselves difficult to breach and, although they didn’t create many opportunities, they took their chance and picked up a point. They will fancy their chances against Costa Rica in the third group game but will not want to leave it down to chance and will be keen to pick up three points in this one.
Serbia vs Switzerland Correct Score Prediction
This game may be a low-scoring encounter and a bore draw is a likely outcome. Neither of these two sides are naturally high-scoring outfits but they are unlikely to be breached easily. 0-0 and 1-1 look like decent wagers in the correct score market and they can be backed at 6.45 and 5.32 with Sports Interaction.
Group E could be a fairly low-scoring group and very few of these games look like being high-scoring affairs. Switzerland didn’t concede many goals throughout qualifying and, apart from Phillip Coutinho’s curled effort and a couple of chances in stoppage time, they barely looked like conceding against Brazil.
Serbia were also solid and Costa Rica found it difficult to break them down. They have a number of experienced heads at the back such as Branislav Ivanovic who will use their expertise to keep Switzerland off the scoresheet.
Under 2.5 Goals is the likely outcome here and it can be backed at 1.52 with Intertops.
Serbia vs Switzerland Odds
Group E Standings
Surprisingly, Serbia sit top of Group E. They picked up three points against Costa Rica and have a two-point advantage over Brazil and Switzerland.
- Switzerland were out-shot 13-6 against Brazil but still managed to pick up a point.
- Switzerland have managed to reach the last 16 in three of their last four World Cups. They are 1.80 with William Hill to qualify for the knock-out round.
- The Swiss were victorious in two of their three group games at the 2014 World Cup.
- Serbia only won one of their group matches at the 2014 World Cup. A 1-0 success over Germany.
- They’ve only conceded three goals in their last four World Cup games.
World Cup Qualifiers
Serbia were drawn alongside Wales, Austria and the Republic of Ireland in a competitive looking UEFA Group D but still managed to qualify automatically for Russia 2018. They picked up 21 points from ten matches and averaged two goals per game throughout showcasing some wonderful attacking football along the way. They were involved in some high-scoring games including a 3-2 home victory against Austria and the goals of Aleksandar Mitrovic helped fire them to the World Cup.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – 6 Goals – 132.00 with Sports Interaction to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Dusan Tadic – 4 Goals
Switzerland were extremely unlucky to miss out on automatic qualification to the 2018 World Cup. They finished second in UEFA Group B losing out to Portugal on goal difference. The Swiss finished on 27 points, having won nine of their ten matches during qualifying. They netted 23 times and their defence was impressive, conceding on just seven occasions. Vladimir Petkovic’s side required a two-legged play-off game in order to book their place at the tournament. A controversial penalty helped them edge out Northern Ireland (1-0 on aggregate)
Haris Seferovic – 4 Goals – 200.00 with 888Sport to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic, Predrag Rajkovic, Marko Dmitrovic.
Defenders: Aleksandar Kolarov, Branislav Ivanovic, Dusko Tosic, Antonio Rukavina, Milos Veljkovic, Milan Rodic, Uros Spajic, Nikola Milenkovic.
Midfielders: Nemanja Matic, Luka Milivojevic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Marko Grujic, Adem Ljajic, Dusan Tadic, Filip Kostic, Andrija Zivkovic, Nemanja Radonjic.
Strikers: Aleksandar Mitrovic, Aleksandar Prijovic, Luka Jovic.
Goalkeepers – Yvon Mvogo, Roman Buerki, Yann Sommer.
Defenders – Johan Djourou, Nico Elvedi, Michael Lang, Manuel Akanji, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schaer, Jacques-Francois Moubandje.
Midfielders – Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka, Steven Zuber, Denis Zakaria, Remo Freuler, Xherdan Shaqiri, Gelson Fernandes, Blerim Dzemaili.
Forwards – Josip Drmic, Breel Embolo, Mario Gavranovic, Haris Seferovic.
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