Sweden VS Switzerland, Kick Off Time: 7:30 pm (IST)
Both sides are pretty confident of their chances of reaching the last 8 of the tournament. Sweden have brushed past Mexico, Germany and South Korea in their group while Switzerland faced stern tests in the form of Brazil, Serbia and Costa Rica in their group.
Sweden’s determinant form was averted by a 95th minute Toni Kroos efforts off a short-free kick from Marco Reus. If not for the Kroos effort, Sweden would have walked with at least a point away from the game before their final encounter against Mexico, where they had to win.
Switzerland, on the other hand, had to come from behind in the encounter against Serbia to give them a chance at reaching the last 16’s of the tournament. In their group opener, Switzerland managed to sneak a draw against the Thiago Silva led Brazilian side. Furthermore, the Swiss side managed to hold Costa Rica in the final encounter of the group.
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For Switzerland, key players Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka would be needing to make an impact in the all-important game against Sweden. Robin Olsen, on the other hand, has been arguably at his best form in the World Cup, with top-draw saves while Sweden skipper Andreas Granqvist has found it easy to convert the penalties.
If Switzerland manage to pass the ball fluently, like Germany then they might have a chance at going past the Swedish side. However, if they give away the ball in the middle of the park this Swedish side can be a real threat, given their pacy midfielder and given that the Swiss defence is on the slower side.
Probable Playing XI:
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Swiss coach Janne Andersson will want more of the same from his Sweden team after their brilliant victory over a fantastic Mexico side.
Sweden’s probable XI: Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Ludwig Augustinsson; Viktor Claesson, Gustav Svensson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg; Marcus Berg, Ola Toivonen
On the other hand, Swiss would start the same side that drew the final encounter against Costa Rica.
Switzerland’s probable XI: Yann Sommer; Michael Lang, Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez; Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka; Xherdan Shaqiri, Blerim Dzemali, Steven Zuber; Mario Gavranovic
Sweden would go past this Swedish side given their pacy midfield, with a 2-1 scoreline against the fellow European side.
Where to watch?
TV Channels (India) – Sony TEN 2, 3 & Sony ESPN – 7:30 P.M IST
In addition, you can live stream all the Matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup from 14th June to 15th July only on the Official SonyLIV App and the SonyLIV Website.