Today’s Predictions: Serbia Vs Switzerland
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The 26th match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is between Serbia and Switzerland in Group E, with both teams getting favourable results in their opening games.
- Date : 22nd June 2018
- Time : 11:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Kaliningrad Stadium
Serbia will look to consolidate their position at the top of the group with a vital win here, while Switzerland will also be vary of the importance of this game as 3 nations are going to fight it out for the top 2 spots.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Serbia scored 20 goals in their 10 qualifiers, eventually winning their group and making a strong statement in their return to this tournament after a gap of 12 long years. Their biggest win was against Republic Of Ireland, when they had to play with 10 men for almost half the game and still managed to hold on to a 1-0 away victory.
Switzerland almost always have very solid qualifying campaigns, however they are never able to dominate in the finals in the same way. They won their first 9 matches in qualifying but were still denied the top sport on goal difference, as Portugal overtook them in the last game. They scored 23 goals and conceded 7 in their 10 qualifying matches, before a narrow 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in the playoff earned them a ticket to Russia.
Serbia have been in comparatively decent form, with 3 wins in 6 matches, and a 1-1 draw with South Korea. While they won their last match convincingly with a 5-1 scoreline, they also lost to Chile and Morocco, meaning their fans are a bit worried about their chances in Russia.
Switzerland have been in decent form of late, as they have been unbeaten in their last 5 games, with 3 wins. Their most recent win was an impressive shutout against Japan, while they also earned a credible draw against Spain, just a week after hammering Panama 6-0. Beating any World Cup side with that margin is sure to build some much needed confidence.
Serbia and Switzerland in the World Cup So Far
Switzerland earned a credible draw against Brazil despite conceding an early goal which could have led to a defensive collapse and a Brazilian goal fest. However, the Swiss players regrouped brilliantly and gave a befitting reply, scoring late into the game and earning a very crucial point for qualification to the next round.
Serbia negotiated a potentially tricky fixture against Costa Rica, and came out unscathed. A brilliant clean sheet followed by Kolarov’s amazing top corner free kick saw them earn 3 priceless points and top the group.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have never met before in any recognized match.
Serbia rely a lot on their midfielders to control the tempo again, and with a vastly experienced yet ageing defense, the midfield needs to always be on their toes to prevent the opposition strikers from running at their slow defenders directly. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, a famous name in the Serbian football circuit was not selected by the new manager, who claimed he didn’t fit his playing style.
Switzerland suffered a huge injury scare when one of their main midfielders Granit Xhaka suffered a knee injury. However, he is expected to feature in the first match now. The Swiss like to play from the flanks, and have the right players for this tactic, with some of the best crossers of the ball in their roster.
Players To Watch Out For
Serbia have some renowned world class players in their roster. Nemanja Matic is the most high profile in the current squad, with the defensive midfielder playing for Manchester United in the Premier League. Defender Branislav Ivanovic is a Chelsea legend who has won every trophy at club level. Dusan Tadic is another Premier League talent to watch out for, while Mitrovic is their main goal threat.
Switzerland’s go-to man in attack is undoubtedly Xerdan Shaqiri, with the nifty winger renowned for elevating his game each time he pulls on a Swiss shirt. Their captain Lichsteiner, 34, has still got the legs to bomb up and down the right flank and deliver pin point crosses, while Granit Xhaka would be looking to boss the midfield from the middle.
Serbia Vs Switzerland Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Switzerland are very narrow favourites in this match, judging by their form. However, Serbia are the current group leaders and would give their best to stay on top. We recommend online betting on a draw between these two evenly matched teams.
- This is Switzerland’s 4th consecutive World Cup appearance, having famously been knocked out in the 2006 World Cup despite not conceding a single goal.
- Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic should step up and carry their nation through this tricky clash with their experience and leadership.
- Switzerland have always based their game on a water tight defence, while Serbia were defensively solid against Costa Rica as well. Hence, we do not expect a lot of goals in this game, so we recommend betting on the under 2.5 goals market.
Both teams are hugely dependent on their respective rock solid defences, but with all to play for in this group, we expect a low scoring but scored draw between these two.
Our Predicted Scoreline : Serbia 1-1 Switzerland