World Cup Match 26: Serbia v Switzerland

The final clash on Day 9 will see Serbia taking on Switzerland at the Kaliningrad Stadium in a match this is expected to go down to the wire.


What’s their current form?
Serbia opened their World Cup campaign with a solid 1-0 victory over Costa Rica. They have plenty of room for improvement and will show that in this clash.

Switzerland were brilliant in their opening game, holding powerhouse side Brazil to a 1 all draw, thanks largely to their amazing defence.

Serbia: Stojkovic; Ivanovic, Milenkovic, Tosic, Kolarov; Matic, Milinkovic-Savic; Tadic, Ljajic, Kostic; Mitrovic.
Switzerland: Sommer; Lichsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Beharami; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic.

Any interesting facts I should know?
A draw for Serbia here could be enough to secure them a place in the knockout stage.

What should I be betting on?
These sides are so evenly matched, it’s hard to see any result other than a draw. Switzerland needs the win and will throw everything they have at the iron clad Serbian defence.

Wolf’s Prediction

If goal is what you are after The Wolf suggest staying asleep as there will not be more than one in this clash. When two defensive units collide the outcome is inevitable – a technical battle in midfield with both sides pushing limited number forward in attack and relying heavily on set pieces to produce a goal. Both sides showed just how good they are defensively in their opening matches. Serbia will again use Matic and Milivojevic in front of a stellar back four that includes Ivanovic and Kolarov. The Wolf says the experience of the two wing backs will prevent Shaqiri and Zuber from having any effect on the counter. The stats also point to the Unders with 9 of Switzerland’s 12 World Cup matches failing to exceed the total. Further more, 3 of Serbia’s last 4 matches at the finals have gone Under 1.5 goals and all four have been goalless at the break. Unders!

Recommended Bets

Best: 1st Half result – Draw ($1.75)
Other: Under 1.5 goals ($2.50)
Correct Score: Draw 0-0 ($6.50)


TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 8pm (local time) on June 22. In Australia, kick-off will be at 3am on June 23rd.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Both sides are expected to be fully fit and available to play.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? These sides have never met before.