Serbia vs Switzerland: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
This match is over.
Final score: Serbia 1-2 Switzerland
For the match – Serbia vs Brazil.
For the match – Switzerland vs Costa Rica.
22nd June 2018 – 19:00 GMT
Group E – Kaliningrad Stadium – TV: BBC
Serbia and Switzerland will both be eyeing up second place in Group E and they meet at the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22nd in the second round of group matches. The Swiss will be relying on the creativity of Xherdan Shaqiri and the diminutive midfielder is always handy from a set-piece situation. Serbia are seen as underdogs in this section but are likely to be competitive throughout the tournament.
Serbia vs Switzerland Predictions
This match could be a slow-burner with both teams sussing one another out in the early stages. Switzerland look difficult to break down and Brazil were restricted to long-range efforts for a large portion of the game.
Serbia also look well-organised. They are likely to offer more going forward and they always carry a threat. They will try to find gaps in the Swiss defence but those opportunities may be rare.
A point for Switzerland is far from ideal but it isn’t a bad outcome for Serbia who already have a two-point cushion over their opponents.
The draw can be backed at 39/19 with Betfair and that looks a decent wager in this one.
Serbia vs Switzerland Preview
Both of these sides were very impressive in their Group E opener. Serbia needed a stunning moment of magic from Aleksandar Kolarov to secure all three points against Costa Rica but, on the balance of play, they deserved their victory. They played well in the second half and controlled the game throughout. They will face Brazil in their final group match and it is imperative that they pick up something from this game. Another three points will essentially put them through to the knock-out round.
Switzerland were excellent against Brazil. After falling behind to the 2002 winners, they wrestled back control and equalised it in the second half. It was the first time in over 40 years that Brazil have failed to win their opening game of the tournament and Switzerland must take plenty of credit for that. They were well-organised and battled away in midfield. They will be hard to beat at this tournament.
Serbia vs Switzerland Correct Score Prediction
We’re predicting the draw in this game but it isn’t going to be a high-scoring game. The pair could cancel one another out and the scorelines of 0-0 and 1-1 look the best options. They can be backed at 5/1.
Switzerland aren’t a high-scoring team and they don’t have a natural goalscorer. They are compact, well-organised and hard to break down and that is likely to frustrate their opponents. Serbia were 1-0 winners against Costa Rica but they may have to rely on set-pieces once again. Opportunities may be limited.
Under 2.5 Goals is available at 1/2 with 10Bet.
Serbia vs Switzerland Odds
Group E Standings
Serbia come into this game as Group E leaders following their victory over Costa Rica whilst Switzerland sit level on points with Brazil.
- Switzerland were out-shot 13-6 against Brazil but still picked up a point.
- Switzerland have reached the last 16 in three of their last four World Cups.
- They won 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.
Head to Head
These two sides have never previously met.
World Cup Qualifiers
Serbia were drawn in a competitive looking UEFA Group D and managed to qualify automatically for Russia 2018. They finished above the Republic of Ireland, Wales and Austria. They picked up 21 points from ten matches and averaged two goals per game throughout. They were involved in some high-scoring games including a 3-2 home victory against Austria.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – 6 Goals – 100/1 with 10Bet to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Dusan Tadic – 4 Goals – 250/1 with 10Bet to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Switzerland narrowly missed out on automatic qualification to the 2018 World Cup, finishing second in UEFA Group B. They were edged out on goal difference. The Swiss finished on 27 points, having won nine of their ten matches during qualifying. They netted 23 times and conceded 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.
Haris Seferovic – 4 Goals – 200/1 with 10Bet 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.
19:00 – Kaliningrad Stadium