Sweden v Switzerland Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 2nd July

Sweden v Switzerland Betting Preview, Odds & Tips 2nd July

Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Sweden v Switzerland and provides us with his best bets for Tuesday World Cup last 16 knockout match by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Sweden v Switzerland Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 03/07/18
  • Time: 15:00
  • Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium
  • Channel: BBC One

Sweden and Switzerland will go head-to-head for to earn a place in the Quarter Finals of this years’ World Cup. Sweden finished top of Group F thanks to an impressive 3-0 victory against Mexico. They have looked organised throughout the tournament so far and could have only tasted defeat to current holders Germany in a thrilling game which saw them edged out by a fantastic Toni Kroos Free-Kick.

Switzerland progressed through Group E with two draws and a win in a fiercely contested match against Serbia, which could have ended differently had anyone seen the finishing move put on Mitrovic in the penalty area when the game was in the balance at 1-1. They will be without influential captain Stephan Lichtsteiner and fellow defender Fabian Schar. With those two missing the Rossocrociati will be up against it at the back against a Sweden team who have posed a threat all tournament albeit with only one goal from a striker.

Even with Lichsteiner and Schar in the team, Switzerland have failed to keep a clean sheet in the tournament compared to only conceding twice in the ten games preceding the tournament. Switzerland are worth a goal themselves and they have a good attack with tournament specialist Shaquiri amongst the goals in this tournament. I’m hopeful that we can see goals from either side in a game where there is everything to gain. Both teams to score is bets priced with Betfair at 5/4.

At the time of writing there have been 28 penalties awarded in this years’ World Cup. With VAR casting a closer eye (most of the time) on the shenanigans going on in the penalty area I think the odds of a penalty to be awarded in the game at 7/4 (Bet365) is worth a punt.

Team News

Swiss duo Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schar are both suspended, while Sweden will be without midfielder Sebastian Larsson.

Potential Sweden Starting XI: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Claesson, Svensson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Berg, Toivonen

Potential Switzerland Starting XI: Sommer, Rodríguez, Akanji, Djourou, Lang, Xhaka, Behrami, Embolo, Dzemaili, Shaqiri, Gavranovic

Head To Head

  • The two nations have met 27 times before, with both teams winning 10 times and sharing seven draws. Their last meeting, however, came back in 2002 – a 1-1 friendly draw.

Key Stats & Facts

  • This will be the first meeting between the two teams at a major tournament.
  • Since finishing runners up on home soil in 1958 Sweden have only progressed past the second round once. It was in 1994 when they finished second.
  • Sweden have never won back to back World Cup matches outside of their own country.
  • This will be Sweden’s 50th game at the World Cup, becoming the 11th team to reach that tally. Only Mexico have featured in more games without ever winning the tournament.

Betting Odds

  • Sweden 11/5
  • Draw 2/1
  • Switzerland 7/4

The Verdict

An intriguing encounter is in prospect on Tuesday afternoon, both teams looking to book their place in the Quarter Finals. We should be in for an open game with Switzerland having two important defenders out and Sweden will fancy their chances of exploiting a newly constructed backline. However Switzerland still having the necessary quality in attack to score goals and will fancy their chances of hitting the back of the net.

Recommended Bets

  • Both teams to score 5/4 (Betfair)
  • A penalty to be awarded in the match 7/4 (bet365)