World Cup – Sweden-Switzerland
The teams of Sweden and Switzerland meet at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium in a match from the 1/8-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018. One of these two teams will reach the next phase of the competition. Let’s examine this clash.
Sweden reached the knockout phase of the tournament after winning two games in the group – against South Korea and Mexico. The Scandinavians suffered a defeat from the world champion Germany, but despite of this they managed to win the group. Against Switzerland Sweden will chase its first qualification for the 1/4-finals since 1994.
Switzerland on the other hand are also ready to return among the best teams on the planet. If the Swiss team reaches the 1/4-finals of the World Cup, they will do it for a first time since 1954, when they hosted the competition.
In the group stage Switzerland finished second in their group, but being unbeaten against Brazil, Serbia and Costa Rica. This showed how hard is to beat them, even if your name is Brazil and you have 11 superstars in your team.
Both teams have some problems before this 1/8-final clash in St. Petersburg.
Sweden can’t use the influental midfielder Sebastian Larsson, who is suspended for the game. Switzerland on the other hand will be without the defenders Fabian Schaer and Stephan Lichtsteiner, which is a serious problem for the manager Vladimir Petkovic. They both are very key figures in his squad, with Lichtsteiner being the captain of the team.
These two sides do not have superstars in their squads, like some of the other teams at the World Cup, but they have very balanced and harmonious teams. They know how to play together, to help each other and do some great teamwork on the pitch.
Sweden are a team which relies a lot on its defense, but scoring three goals against Mexico was a proof how dangerous they can be in attack. Even without their star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden remains a team who can score one or two goals against any other side on the planet.
Switzerland are keeping a very high level from years now. They have an experienced and capable manager like Vladimir Petkovic, who successfully continued what the legendary Otmar Hitzfeld started. Everyone in the Swiss team knows that this is a great chance for them to reach the 1/4-finals of the World Cup. Four years ago Switzerland lost against Argentina at the 1/8-finals, conceding a goal in the extra time of the match. This was really unlucky, but now they are ready to do something more in Russia.
This match is hard to make a prediction for. Both sides look very even and equal in terms of quality. Sweden are more of a physica team, while Switzerland are more technical. We expect the Swiss team to be the one who plays more often with the ball, while the Swedes await their chance to counter attack. This game from the 1/8-finals of the World Cup seems to be very interesting.