Kick-off: 1500, 03/07/2018
Stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium
TV: BBC One
Sweden have been a revelation at this World Cup but Switzerland are an efficient and consistent unit which will be difficult to overcome.
Vladimir Petkovic’s strong all-round side do all of the basic things well and also have a touch of class in key positions going forward.
The Red Crusaders get the nod to win in normal time at 8/5 for our first Sweden vs Switzerland prediction.
A Look At Sweden’s Betting Odds
Sweden have made the most of their first World Cup since 2006 and a 3-0 drubbing of Mexico saw them progress as surprise Group F winners.
Ludwig Augustinsson’s strike, Andreas Granqvist’s penalty and Edson Alvarez’s clumsy own goal were the pivotal moments of a deserved success.
Head coach Janne Andersson beamed: “I’m so incredibly proud, moved almost, by the thought of how we performed in the match.”
The Scandinavians had earlier edged out South Korea 1-0 and only lost out 2-1 to Germany due to a stoppage-time sucker-punch, so can be relied upon to battle hard.
However, we don’t believe they will be able to outmuscle Switzerland like they did their previous two victims.
A Look At Switzerland’s Betting Odds
Switzerland were put under tremendous pressure by a Costa Rica side intent on bowing out in a blaze of glory but just about managed to pick up the point needed in a 2-2 thriller.
That match should serve as a wake-up call for the Red Crusaders, who had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with Brazil and beat Serbia 2-1 after going behind early on.
Petkovic will have to make do without captain Stephan Lichtsteiner and fellow defender Fabian Schaer due to suspension.
However, he said: “We got two yellow cards but we have 23 players in our squad and I’m happy to have the trust in the remaining players.
“I’m sure all of the players we field in the future will give 120 per cent and I think the team can cope.”
That approach epitomises the way Switzerland have climbed up to as high as sixth in the FIFA rankings, grinding out positive results with the minimum of fuss.
They also have the experience of reaching the knockout rounds in Brazil four years ago, when only going down 1-0 in extra-time to Argentina.
Josip Drmic caught the eye when coming off the bench against Costa Rica, hitting the bar with a header before claiming a well-taken goal.
He appeals at 11/2 to score last in this match and that completes our Sweden vs Switzerland betting tips.
Mexico 0-3 SWEDEN – Augustinsson, Granqvist (pen), Alvarez (og)
SWITZERLAND 2-2 Costa Rica – Dzemaili, Drmic
Head-to-head: Sweden 1-1 Switzerland, Switzerland 0-2 Sweden, Sweden 0-0 Switzerland, Switzerland 4-2 Sweden, Sweden 1-2 Switzerland