World Cup 2018 | Sweden v Switzerland Tips | 3rd July 2018
THE LAST 16 of the World Cup continues on Tuesday as Sweden meet Switzerland. Our man Mark O’Haire offers his betting preview and tips.
Switzerland have suffered a sole reverse in 25 games now – a run that goes all the way back to before Euro 2016 – but Die Nati could be vulnerable favourites for their meeting against Sweden in Saint Petersburg.
Vladimir Petkovic’s troops appeared lethargic and limited in their final group game against Costa Rica – perhaps struggling with fatigue following the exertions against Serbia just days beforehand – and will now also be without two of their key back four defenders in Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schar.
Sweden topped Group F and were excellent for the most part in a devilishly difficult pool. The Blue-Yellow eased past South Korea, gave Germany a major scare and walked all over Mexico in their third and final fixture.
Having now competed with and/or knocked out the likes of Germany, Italy, Netherlands and France, it’s high time the Scandinavians were given our respect. The rugged 4-4-2 system has worked a treat and Sweden have now recorded clean sheets in nine of their past 15 competitive outings.
Keep Sweden onside
In a game that’s unlikely to provide copious amounts of goalmouth action, it may pay to keep Sweden onside. Since the start of the 1998 World Cup, 50% of favourites have failed to win in 90 minutes and this looks like a great opportunity to get with the underdogs.
We can back Sweden double chance and Under 2.5 Goals at even-money – a selection that would pay out if the match ends 0-0, 1-1 or in 1-0 or 2-0 victories for the Blue Yellow and that appeals considering the tight nature of knockout games at the World Cup.
Sweden v Switzerland – Sweden double chance and Under 2.5 Goals (1/1)