Sweden vs Switzerland prediction: Sweden 1-2 Switzerland
Despite finishing as runners-up in their group, Switzerland are certainly favourites for this one.
That said, I reckon it’ll be close encounter, with one goal being the difference come full-time.
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Sweden vs Switzerland: Who will win?
Switzerland are 17/10 favourites to win in normal time, with Sweden given slightly longer odds of 21/10.
Sweden are evens to qualify for the quarter-finals while Switzerland are 3/4.
Xherdan Shaqiri is 6/1 to score the opening goal of the game.
Sweden vs Switzerland match preview
These two nations have faced each other 27 times, although their most recent meeting was back in 2002. Each side has ten victories against the other.
Sweden will be looking to reach the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the first time since 1994, when they finished 3rd in the tournament. Switzerland’s last appearance in the quarter-finals was back in 1954 when they hosted the tournament.
Switzerland finished as runners-up in Group E, winning one and drawing two of their games.
Vladimir Petkovic’s side followed up their impressive 1-1 draw with Brazil by beating Serbia 2-1 in dramatic fashion. The Swiss drew 2-2 against Costa Rica in their final match, with Blerim Dzemaili and Josip Drmic getting on the scoresheet. Goalkeeper Yann Sommer scored a 93rd-minute own goal.
Sweden progressed to the last 16 as surprise winners of Group F. Janne Andersson’s side won two and lost one of their three matches, finishing above Mexico, South Korea and Germany.
After their heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Germany, Sweden responded in style with a convincing 3-0 win over Mexico to close out their group campaign. Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist both scored in the win.
Granqvist has scored two goals at the tournament so far – both from the penalty spot. No player from either side has scored more than one heading into Tuesday’s match.
The winners of the match will meet Colombia or England in the last eight. Those two sides face each other in Moscow later in the day.
Sweden team news vs Switzerland
Sebastian Larsson is suspended, although the midfielder would have missed the game anyway after being stretchered off against Mexico.
Gustav Svensson is likely to replace Larsson in midfield.
Albin Ekdal, Viktor Claesson and Mikael Lustig are all one booking away from a ban.
Switzerland team news vs Sweden
Switzerland will be without Arsenal full-back Stephan Lichtseiner and defender Fabian Schar. The duo are both suspended, meaning Michael Lang and Johan Djourou are set to start in defence.
Steven Zuber is a doubt through illness.
A solid display against Costa Rica could see Breel Embolo keep his spot out wide.
Denis Zakaria, Valon Behrami and Xherdan Shaqiri are all one booking away from suspension.
Sweden predicted line-up vs Switzerland
Switzerland predicted line-up vs Sweden
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
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