Group F winners Sweden match up with Group E runners-up Switzerland on Tuesday 3rd July with both teams going head to head to advance to the quarter-finals. Both teams place in the World Cup knockout stages was only secured on the final day of their respective groups.
Where and when: Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg – 3 July, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Sweden vs. Switzerland: William Hill
Last time: This will be the 28th meeting between the two sides, with both sides winning 10 matches apiece with seven draws. The last meeting between the teams was in March 2002, ending in a 1-1 draw.
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Sweden vs. Switzerland Predictions and Preview
Sweden surprisingly topped a tricky Group F in impressive fashion, winning two of their three matches and finishing ahead of both Mexico and defending champions Germany.
After edging out South Korea 1-0 in the opening game, a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to the Germans was followed by a hugely impressive 3-0 victory over Mexico.
Switzerland edged through Group E mainly thanks to a last-minute win against Serbia in the second round of matches.
Vladimir Petkovic’s side had held Brazil to a draw in the opening fixture and concluded their group with a 2-2 draw with already-eliminated Costa Rica.
The Swiss are slight favourites to win this game at odds of 19/10, with a Sweden victory available at 11/5 and the draw priced at 2/1.
Under 2.5 goals is available at 4/9 while over 2.5 goals is priced at 15/8.
A ‘double chance’ on Sweden to battle their way to either a draw or a win in 90 minutes is available at 1/3 while a Switzerland/draw outcome is at 4/9.
If you fancy it to be a draw at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 11/4.
One to watch for Sweden: Al Ain striker Marcus Berg is his side’s attacking focal point with 18 international goals – more than any other active Swedish international – and he scored seven times in qualifying.
One to watch for Switzerland: Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri is the dangerman for the Swiss side and he has netted 21 times in 73 internationals, including in his side’s 2-1 victory over Serbia in the group stage.
Long shot: Knockout matches are typically cagey affairs with both sides wary of ceding space and time to their quality attacking opponents. A scoreless draw in this game is available at odds of 6/1.