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World Cup last 16: Sweden vs. Switzerland starting XIs, predictions, betting odds, TV

Expect a close encounter at the Saint Petersburg Stadium

Sweden vs. Switzerland

  • When: Tuesday 3 July 
  • Kick-off time: 3pm (UK time) 
  • Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg 
  • TV channel: live on BBC One

Sweden have not been in a World Cup quarter-final since 1994 while the last time Switzerland were in the last eight was 1954. So the clash in St Petersburg is a huge opportunity for both sides.

The Swedes will come into the game as underdogs, but reporter Alexandra Jonson says the players will thrive on the situation.   

Jonson writes: “After a glance at their Fifa/Coca-Cola World Ranking, we can see that Sweden once again arrive as underdogs, and the players know it. It’s a situation they’ve come not only to accept but enjoy.

“The defence will once again be key, but scoring three goals against Mexico was an important display of just how effective and dangerous they can be. The team is harmonious, going into the match with nothing to lose and their desire to keep the World Cup journey alive is huge.”

In the World Cup quarter-finals Sweden or Switzerland will face the winner of the Colombia vs. England clash.

Sweden vs. Switzerland starting XIs

Sweden vs. Switzerland predictions

Mark Lawrenson, BBC Sport: “Switzerland have been playing well and got out of group E without too much fuss. It is very obvious what Sweden do, and they definitely play to their strengths without having any really talented strikers. From what I have seen of the Swiss, they just have a little bit more about them, which is why I am backing them to get to the quarter-finals. Prediction: Sweden 0 Switzerland 1.”

Roland Kesler, 101GreatGoals: “Despite finishing as runners-up in their group, Switzerland are certainly favourites for this one. That said, I reckon it’ll be close encounter, with one goal being the difference come full-time. Prediction: Sweden 1-2 Switzerland.”

Sweden vs. Switzerland betting odds

Best prices according to Oddschecker (as of 2 July):

  • Switzerland to win: 7/4 
  • Draw: 2/1 
  • Sweden to win: 11/5

First goalscorer

  • No goalscorer: 9/2 
  • Marcus Berg (Sweden): 13/2 
  • Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland): 13/2 
  • Josip Drmic (Switzerland): 7/1 
  • Haris Seferovic (Switzerland): 7/1 
  • Ola Toivonen (Sweden): 7/1 
  • Mario Gavranovic (Switzerland): 17/2 
  • Isaac Kiese Thelin (Sweden): 9/1 
  • John Guidetti (Sweden): 19/2


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