2018 World Cup: Sweden v Switzerland Tips, Preview and Predictions
July 01, 2018
Sweden and Switzerland collide for promising quarter-final position
Two of the surprise nations of this 2018 World Cup will now collide in the last 16 as Sweden and Switzerland prepare to meet in Russia.
Neither side were highly fancied at the beginning of the tournament to progress deep into proceedings, but they now both hold a great opportunity to reach the quarter-finals.
Sweden have reached this stage of the competition after finishing top of Group F ahead of Mexico, while Switzerland ended their campaign in second place behind Brazil in Group E.
Both sides now meet in the last 16 with high stakes on the line and a quarter-final match-up with either Gareth Southgate’s England or South Americans Colombia looms large.
In what could prove to be a close affair, a draw after 90 minutes is 2/1 with Betfair to occur here, leading to potential drama in extra-time and maybe even penalties.
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Xherdan Shaqiri set to star for Swiss yet again
Stoke City attacker Xherdan Shaqiri entered the World Cup already boasting a big reputation, having also starred for his nation at the previous tournament in Brazil four years ago.
His impressive performance in Russia this summer will not have gone unnoticed, with the likes of Champions League finalists Liverpool reportedly eyeing up a move for his signature in the coming months.
Before any talk of switching clubs, Shaqiri will seek to fire the Swiss further in the World Cup after match-winning goals and showings so far in the group stage.
The Switzerland star man is available at 5/2 with William Hill to get on the scoresheet anytime during 90 minutes.
For Sweden, Marcus Berg could be a threat up front during this last 16 clash, and he is 12/5 with Paddy Power to notch up a goal in normal time.