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Serbia vs Switzerland Odds
Serbia vs Switzerland World Cup Odds
Nigeria know that they have to claim all three points if they are to have a realistic chance of reaching the knockout stages. A draw against Iceland would mean they could secure four points at the most and their fate would be out of their own hands going into the final game. Defeat to Iceland would almost certainly result in Nigeria heading back to Africa regardless of the result against Argentina in their final game.
Serbia vs Switzerland PredictionUnder 1.5 goals (+165) Bet Now
Serbia knows that beating Switzerland would secure their path to the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup while Switzerland are aware that a victory over Serbia would almost guarantee them a place in the next round.
The Serbians are the better placed of the two team here thanks to winning their opening game. A point would put them on four points with only a game against Brazil to come. It is highly unlikely that Costa Rica will beat Brazil so four points could be enough to progress from the group.
Switzerland are a solid team who give very little away, but who unfortunately do not create a whole host of chances for their forwards. A draw would not be disastrous for Switzerland, although it would mean they would have to beat Costa Rica in their third and final group game and hope Brazil do a number on Serbia to ensure their place in the Round of 16.
Serbia vs Switzerland Key Bites
- Aleksandar Kolarov’s goal was his 11th in Serbian colors. It was the fourth time he has opened the scoring for his country
- Defender Branislav Ivanovic made his 104th senior appearance against Costa Rica and is now Serbia’s most capped player
- Midfielder Sergei Milinkovic-Savic will want to shine as Europe’s top clubs are said to be tracking his progress
- Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is linked with a move to Liverpool from Stoke. Expect his to be on the top of his game
- Valon Behrami’s superb performance against Brazil kept Neymar out of the game. He will be a key figure for the Swiss in this latest encounter.
Serbia vs Switzerland Betting Trends
- Serbia defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in their opening 2018 FIFA World Cup game.
- Defender Aleksandar Kolarov score the only goal of the game with a 25-yard curling free kick.
- Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkkovic-Savic was the game’s man of the match. He has been linked with a move to Manchester United.
- This was the first time Serbia, previously playing as Yugoslavia, won an opening World Cup fixture.
- Serbia has won all four of its games against teams from the CONCACAF region.
- Serbia limited Costa Rica to only three shots on target.
- Serbia are +10000 to win the World Cup.
- Serbia are +350 second favorites to win Group E.
- Serbia are -140 second-favorites to reach the knockout stages from Group E.
- Six of Serbia’s previous eight games have has fewer than 2.5 goals scored.
- Switzerland shocked Brazil by holding them to a 1-1 draw in the opening game of Group E.
- Switzerland have only lost one of their previous 23 matches, a record of 16 wins and six draws.
- Steven Zuber, who scored Switzerland’s equalizer against Brazil, has been involved in six goals for Switzerland in his last six matches.
- Valon Behrami became the first Swiss player in history to feature in four different World Cup finals.
- Seven of Switzerland’s last eight games have featured fewer than 2.5 goals.
- The Swiss are +450 to win Group E.
- Switzerland are -120 to progress from the group.
- Switzerland only managed six shots in their game against Brazil while their opponents peppered their goal with 21 efforts.
- If Switzerland do not lose, it will be the first time they have remained unbeaten in their opening two World Cup games since 2006.
- Swiss defender Francois Moubandje turned 28 on June 21st, will he receive a belated birthday present?.
Serbia vs Switzerland World Cup Preview
Serbia gave themselves every chance of progressing to the knockout stages after beating Costa Rica 1-0 in their first group game. This means that Serbia’s destiny is in their own hands and a victory over Switzerland on June 22nd would book their place in the Round of 16.
It was an even game against Costa Rica and one that could have seen the points go either way. Serbia had 48 percent possession with both sides having 10 shots at goals with three being on target. Serbia trailed Costa Rica in terms of penalties, but only by one.
Aleksandar Kolarov scored the all-important goal to win the game for the Serbians and it could be the most important goal he has scored in his career. The attack-minded left back will probably be pinned back against the Swiss as Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri plays down the right flank.
Serbia play a 4-2-3-1 formation that they stick to religiously. While this formation helps protect the Serbian defense, it can leave Aleksandar Mitrovic isolated up front. The 23-year old is a decent enough striker, although nobody would call him great, plus he had to drop down a division in the English league to gain some playing time after Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez did not see him featuring in his plans.
Switzerland, ideally, need to get their hands on all three points as you would imagine this would see them make it into the knockout stages. A win would put the Swiss on four points and you would imagine Serbia will lose to Brazil.
The Swiss were delighted with their 1-1 draw with Brazil but the Brazilians did not really turn up for the game and looked poor, at least by their high standard. That said, you can only play what is put in front of you and Switzerland stuck to their game plan and it resulted in a valuable point.
Steven Zuber, who play for Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga, covered more than 11.1 kilometers against Brazil and was deserving of his goal. Zuber has now been involved in six goals in his previous six international appearances so expect both Zuber an Shaqiri to be at the crux of anything positive that comes from the Swiss attacks.
Bovada are finding it hard to separate these two teams with Serbia priced at +165, Switzerland at +195 and the draw at +205. We would expect a cagey affair at the Kaliningrad Stadium and one with very few goals.
Seven of Switzerland’s previous eight matches have seen fewer than 2.5 goals while six of Serbia’s previous eight games have also featured fewer than 2.5 goals.
Under 2.5 goals comes in at -210 but as these sides looked to be lacking much firepower in their opening game, it may be worth putting a wager on under 1.5 goals at +165.
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