Sweden vs Switzerland – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
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Final score is 1 – 0
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3rd July 2018 – 15.00 GMT
Saint-Petersburg Stadium, TV: RTE
It looked like Sweden’s hopes were almost over after their last-gasp defeat to Germany. But a surprise hammering of Mexico, combined with Die Mannschaft’s defeat to South Korea, meant they ended up finishing top of Group F. There wasn’t much optimism about Janne Andersson’s side going into the tournament, but the Swedes will have momentum on their side in Saint-Petersburg.
Switzerland are tough opponents, though. Vladimir Petkovic’s experienced team have been beaten just once inside 90 minutes in a competitive fixture since way back in September 2015. The Swiss haven’t reached the last eight of the World Cup for 64 years but this undoubtedly represents their best chance to do so.
Sweden should be respected having already progressed ahead of the Netherlands and Italy during qualifying – and Germany in the groups in Russia – but Switzerland have the most enticing odds at 17/10.
Sweden have now kept four clean sheets in their last five matches. It’s a defensive record that Switzerland would be proud of, with Petkovic’s charges keeping their opponents out just once in the same period.
But the Swiss have more experience at this stage of a major international tournament. In the World Cup four years ago, they kept Argentina out for 118 minutes until Angel Di Maria saved La Albiceleste’s blushes. Arguably, they will also be the strongest side Sweden have faced so far in Russia, too. A 1-0 Switzerland victory is at 6/1.
Six of Sweden’s last nine matches have seen one goal or fewer scored. Even though the last two matches have been something of a goal-fest in comparison, it’s not likely to be raining goals on Tuesday – especially with the prize at stake.
Switzerland are traditionally known for being hard to break down but they’ve broken the mould in these finals somewhat, with their three group games seeing nine goals scored.
Despite that, under 1.5 goals offers the best value at 16/11.
- Since the turn of the century, Switzerland have only lost two of their 14 World Cup matches inside 90 minutes
Switzerland or draw – 5/12
- Sweden have only been knocked out of the World Cup by European opposition once since 1978
Sweden to qualify – 21/20