The tilt between Sweden and Switzerland will be played at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 3rd. The Blue-Yellow surprisingly topped the group ahead of Mexico and Germany and avoided the Brazilians in the Round of 16, while the Red Crosses met expectations after finishing behind Brazil in the Group E.
Sweden vs. Switzerland
Three-Way: 1: Sweden -250; X: +375 Draw; 2: Switzerland +900
Spread -1.5: Sweden +106; Switzerland -139
Total 2.5 goals: Over -120; Under +100
The Blue-Yellow quickly forgot the late defeat to the Germans and bounced back magnificently against Mexico, thrashing them 3-0. Sweden showed character and didn’t panic in the first half, and their patience paid off in the second 45 minutes as they shocked the Tricolor with two goals in space of 12 minutes. They knew that only a win would keep them alive as they believed Germany will beat South Korea, but nobody expected Sweden to defeat Mexico by three goals. Sweden’s chances to win the World Cup are now +4000, while the Blue-Yellow is +500 to reach the semi-finals.
The Red Crosses conceded a late goal from the penalty spot against Costa Rica, but it turned that a comeback victory over Serbia played a vital role in Switzerland’s second place in the group behind Brazil. They didn’t lose to Brazil as well, and after ending the first stage without a defeat, the Swiss are considered as slight favorites in a tie with Sweden, but all the good work can be undone in just a second, so Switzerland must not relax a bit on this one. Switzerland’s chances to win the World Cup are now +3300, while the Red Crosses are +350 to reach the semi-finals.
Switzerland is at +170, but both teams are playing similar football and it is evident that they are disciplined and excellent in translating coaches’ tactical plans, so it’s tough to predict such a duel. One goal could decide it, but I don’t think it will happen in regular time, so I am going with a draw.