Day 20 of the FIFA World Cup gets underway at Saint Petersburg Stadium when Group F winners Sweden take on the runners up of Group E Switzerland.
What’s their current form?
Sweden opened with a tough 1-0 win over South Korea, before going down to defending champions Germany 2-1. In the third round, they defeated Mexico 3-0.
Switzerland’s campaign began with a gallant 1 all draw against heavyweight’s Brazil, before they beat Serbia 2-1. They were then kept to a 2 all draw with Costa Rica.
Sweden: Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claessen, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Toivonen, Berg.
Switzerland: Sommer; Lichsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Beharami; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic.
Any interesting facts I should know?
Sweden haven’t won back-to-back games since last October, while Switzerland has lost just once since July 2016.
What should I be betting on?
Switzerland are narrow favourites. This could go down to penalties.
This will be one for the purists as both nations will bring a defence-first approach with them. With a chance to make a quarter final, The Wolf says they should do anything but defend. Unfortunately for the neutrals, all the statistics point towards a low scoring encounter. Sweden have 4 clean sheets in their last 5 while the Swiss are undefeated in their last 9. The Swiss should be commended for their grit and have earned every right to be here. They came from a goal down to grab a point against Brazil and managed to beat Serbia despite going down 1-0. They conceded first for a 3rd consecutive game against Costa Rica and still did not lose. They have lost just once in regulation time in their last 8 World Cup matches and have scored multiple goals in 5 of their last 7. They attack with purpose on the counter thanks to Shaqiri and The Wolf says they will not be denied a goal. He is surprised to see them installed as the outsider and says they will not be going down unless it is in a shootout. We will back them to progress and have something small on Sweden to win via a penalty shootout as a save.
TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news
What time is kick off? The game starts at 5pm (local time) on July 3. In Australia, kick-off will be at midnight on July 4th.
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 fully fit for this clash.
Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.
What happened the last time they played each other? There have been 27 games between these nations. Both have scored 10 wins apiece, while 7 matches have been drawn. They last met back in 2002 where they played out a 1 all draw.