World Cup 2018 | Serbia v Switzerland Tips | 22nd June 2018
GROUP E of the 2018 World Cup continues on Friday as Switzerland take on Serbia. Lucas Swain shares his thoughts on the best betting angle.
When initially looking at Group E, I think everybody pinpointed this match as the decisive fixture for the side who was set to join Brazil in the Last 16 stage. After the first round of fixtures that’s probably still the case but the table looks different to how many expected.
Switzerland were impressive with their set-up against Brazil and quite simply got the better of the Brazilians. Through rigid discipline they got a result few expected and if they get something positive from this match they stand a chance at qualifying.
Whilst on the topic of rigid displays, it was exactly that which Serbia struggled to break down when playing Costa Rica in the opener. Whilst Switzerland will certainly be more open than the CONCACAF side, I’m still expecting a cautious approach.
Serbia were my choice to surprise and exceed expectations for this tournament, as the bookies fancied them to go out in the group stages. Aleksandar Mitrovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic impressed but they were wasteful.
However, players being wasteful at this level is usually limited by time, as for consistent performances and getting behind the lines is usually rewarded with goals. It’s exactly this that makes me think they’ll edge it against Switzerland.
Whilst Switzerland’s defence was very good, with players like Ricardo Rodriguez, Yann Sommer and Granit Xhaka standing out. They’re very reliant on Xherdan Shaqiri to perform for creativity and Haris Seferovic isn’t a striker than can create something out of nothing
The Benfica forward was very isolated versus Brazil, although this was to be expected. Nonetheless his goal return and chance creation are extremely poor and it’s remarkable that a nation of such quality has a dearth of which in the forward department.
The betting is really interesting in this one as whilst Switzerland are the favourites they’re priced at odds against. This gives the punter a real opportunity to add some security to their bet whilst maintaining value.
I’ve already said I’m siding with Serbia and given their win over Costa Rica a draw wouldn’t be the worst result for them here.
Therefore, I’m going to go with Serbia double chance and Under 3.5 Goals as I envisage this to be a tight encounter.