Preview - Sweden vs Switzerland 03 July 18

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Jul 03, 2018, 05:45 PM Last Edit: Jul 04, 2018, 06:59 AM by Harry85
World Cup Last 16
Sweden vs Switzerland
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018
23:00pm, (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium

Sweden:
Last five matches form: D W D W D
Average goals per match last ten: 0.70
Average goals against per match last ten: 0.70
Top Scorer: Marcus Berg (18)

Switzerland:
Last five matches form: L W W D L
Average goals per match last ten: 1.60
Average goals against per match last ten: 0.70
Top Scorer: Xherdan Shaqiri

The Round of 16 continues with this all European tie as Sweden clash with Switzerland.

Its been honours even between these two in the past, with three draws and five wins apiece for Sweden and Switzerland. Close to call historically then and likely close to call once again in what looks one of the tougher of the last 16 contests to predict.

Sweden edged past South Korea in their openere before suffering late heartbreak against Germany. That left their qualification on the line headed into their final game with Mexico. The Swedes responded with their best effort yet when romping to a 3-0 win.

Switzerland began with an excellent draw against Brazil, before showing admirable tenacity to come from behind against Serbia. They were however a little underwhelming in their final clash with Costa Rica though and will need to move back up a gear here.

Sweden must do without Sebastian Larsson who is not only injured but also suspended.

Stephan Lichsteiner misses out for Switzerland.

Both sides look very good at the back here, a fact well evidenced by their low goals against tally in the past ten games. For us though Sweden just look that but stronger and more organised in defence which may just tilt things in their favour.

We will take Sweden to record a narrow success.

Prediction: Sweden 2 - 1 Switzerland

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 10 - 8
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 3 - 11
Possession: 33% - 67%


Mikael Lustig had his name taken by referee Damir Skomina for Sweden, whilst Switzerland had Valon Behrami and Granit Xhaka booked, in addition to a late red card for Michael Lang.

This was as tight as many anticipated with defences coming out very much on top and only a fortunate deflection tilting the tie Sweden's way.

Whilst Sweden were ahead on the shot count, Switzerland dominated possession and can count themselves a little unlucky to go out on the overall balance of play.

Sweden probably had the better of the first half, with Marcus Berg alone having three good chances, seeing one blocked, one saved and sending a third high into the stands.

Switzerland were playing the better football though, producing a number of excellent passing sequences but like Sweden were unable to find the finishing touch. Goalless at half-time.

The games pivotal moment came in the 66th minute. Emil Forsberg being teed up on the edge of the area and firing on goal. His effort had power but looked to be headed into the arms of Yann Sommer, only to take a wicked deflection off Manuel Akanji and fly into the top left corner.

Switzerland pushed and pushed and racked up the corner count but couldn't break through and in stoppage time they were caught on the counter. Martin Olsson clean through on goal before being pushed over just outside the area by Lang. Straight red card for Lang with the resultant free kick being the last kick of the game.

Sweden progress to the quarter finals in what is turning into an excellent tournament for the Scandinavian side. Next up a meeting with Gareth Southgate's England.

The way the draw has opened up Switzerland would have had the quarter finals as a minimum goal and will be disappointed to be going home.



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