Sweden v Switzerland Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

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Sweden v Switzerland- World Cup 2018

Sweden v Switzerland Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 3rd July – 3.00 p.m

There doesn’t look as if there is going to be too much to choose between these two at the end of the day in this round of sixteen clash at the 2018 World Cup. Sweden battled their way to top spot in their group, totally against the odds because of the demise of Germany. Switzerland though remained unbeaten in their group, finishing second behind Brazil. A place in the quarter final against either Colombia or England awaits. Our Sweden v Switzerland prediction sees value in backing the underdogs.

Sweden News and Form

The Swedes were only the third favourites to get out of their group behind Germany and Mexico, but they prevailed. Not only did they get through but they won the group which was a big thing for them because they avoided Brazil in the round of sixteen. Sweden opened in muted fashion in beating South Korea 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Andreas Granqvist who does have a couple of goals in the tournament so far and is at 6/1 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from July 1st, 2018 at 8:05 p.m.). Then they were really deserving of a point against Germany but ended up conceding a losing goal in the 95th minute which was a tough blow for them. To their credit though they didn’t let it get them down as they came out in their final group stage match with qualification still on the line and thumped Mexico 3-0 to top the group.

Sweden v Switzerland World Cup 2018 Infographic

All but one of the goals that Sweden have netted at the 2018 World Cup have been in the second half of matches, so for our Sweden v Switzerland predictions were are looking at the half time draw at bet365. We don’t see this being an expansive contest, not the way that these two play and with what is at stake. Under 1.5 goals is well worth a look at 11/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 1st, 2018 at 8:05 p.m.) because both of these will probably err on the side of caution understandably. We have seen the pressure get to the likes of Spain and Croatia who failed to play well in the round of sixteen. Sweden have not been further than the round of sixteen since their third-place finish at USA ‘94. Sweden are W2 D2 L2 in their last six games but that dramatic defeat against Germany is their only loss in five. They have a direct style, they are a big physical side and after the confidence of the big win over Mexico, they will be in this.

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Switzerland News and Form

Pretty much everyone expected Switzerland to lose their opening game against Brazil, but the Swiss dug in their and played out a 1-1 draw. They stayed competitive and organised and got their bonus point in the group. They have their backs against the wall in their second match against Serbia having to come from a goal down and only netting a winner deep into stoppage time to put themselves in the frame for qualification. They rounded up the group stage campaign with a 2-2 draw against Costa Rica but it was enough to get them into second place because of Serbia’s defeat against Brazil in their final game. So they have shown some fighting spirit but they will be concerned about not having earned a clean sheet. Despite that we are going with both teams not to score at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 1st, 2018 at 8:05 p.m.) for this one though because of the situation. The last time that Switzerland made it beyond the round of 16 at a World Cup was their quarter-final run in 1954 which was on home soil.

Switzerland are currently on six-match undefeated streak and in that run of games they have taken a W3 D3 record but they do have only the one clean sheet in their last five played. Switzerland don’t look a major threat going forward they really don’t have world-class striker up front to deliver the goals for them but they will be taking on a Sweden side who did ship a lot of chances during their group stage campaign. While that is something that should spur on the Swiss, you wonder if at the end of the day they have enough to capitalise against a rocky defence? It is Sweden’s Marcus Berg who is the 13/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 1st, 2018 at 8:05 p.m.) favorite in the first goalscorer market for this game. The Swiss are on a good nine-match undefeated streak and have lost one of their last 13 and again this should be tight.

Sweden v Switzerland Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between Sweden and Switzerland since 2002 when they played out a 1-1 friendly draw. Switzerland are 13-8 up in the head to head with Sweden but the Swedes are unbeaten in their last three against the Swiss (W1 D2). Both teams have scored in just one of the last three meetings between them. This will be their first meeting at World Cup Finals.

Sweden v Switzerland Betting Odds*

Switzerland 17/10
Draw 2/1
Sweden 21/10

* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 1st, 2018 at 8:05 p.m.)

Sweden v Switzerland Predictions

It would not be a surprise to see this go through to extra time because there doesn’t look to be anything between them. Sweden they take their chance of quick breaks from long balls but Switzerland are a well organised side, just lacking a bit of quality up front. We do like the determination and spirit Sweden have shown and they did have Germany under pressure in the group stage and so we are going with a Sweden to qualify prediction at even money odds.