One of the most competitive matches in the Round of 16 is expected to be the one between Sweden and Switzerland on Tuesday on FS1. It could also be one of the lowest scoring, as oddsmakers put a total of 1.5 for this match. Sweden went 2-1 to win Group F, while Switzerland finished second in Group E, as they went 1-0 with two draws.
Let’s look at the match between Sweden and Switzerland and World Cup picks.
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2018 FIFA World Cup – Sweden vs. Switzerland
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 10 a.m. ET
Location: Rostov Arena, Rostov-On-Don
World Cup Betting Online Odds at BetCris:
Total 1.5 over -131
2018 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage: FS1
Switzerland is listed as a slight favorite to win this match that is expected to be low scoring. Sweden won Group F thanks to a 3-0 win over Mexico in the final game. Sweden scored a total of five goals in their three games, while allowing two goals. Switzerland finished second in Group E thanks to a win and two draws. The Swiss also scored five goals in the group stage, while they allowed four goals.
Switzerland’s coach Vladimir Petkovic was not happy with the 2-2 draw against Costa Rica even though it got his side into the Round of 16. "It's hard to say which side of the line we were on," Petkovic said to the media, "but the fact of the matter was that we turned over too much possession and lost too many one-on-one situations and so, when that happens, it all adds up.” Switzerland will be without captain Stephan Lichtsteiner and defender Fabian Schär, as they picked up their second yellow cards of the World Cup and are suspended.
Sweden coach Janne Andersson said he was very happy his team was able to bounce back after a tough loss to Germany and rout Mexico. "We have handled the things that have happened -- I'm so incredibly proud, moved almost, by the thought of how we performed in the match. They were so disciplined, so loyal in everything they did," Andersson said to the media.
The overall statistics for these teams are remarkably even in their last three games. Each team scored five goals. Switzerland had 38 attempts, while Sweden had 36. Sweden did have 15 attempts on goal, while the Swiss had 10. The Swiss had 15 corners, while Sweden had 12. The only real difference in the teams is that Sweden gave up just two goals, while the Swiss allowed four.
Sweden is 2-1 with two draws in their last five matches, with three of the five going over the total. Switzerland is 2-0 in their last five matches with three draws. They have gone under in three of their last five games. These teams have not played since 2002 when they played to a 1-1 draw. You then have to go back to 1995 for their next meeting that ended in a scoreless draw.
Sweden vs. Switzerland Free Picks
This is definitely one of the tougher games to call in the Round of 16, as these two teams look very evenly matched. I think there is a real chance that the game ends in a regulation draw and is decided on penalty kicks. I think the draw is worth a play at odds of +194. The total is definitely interesting; as I can’t remember the last time I saw a total of 1.5. It sure doesn’t take much to go over that number. I think there is some value in taking the over, as just a 1-1 draw would send the game over the total of two. Both teams have been producing chances and I expect that each team will be able to score a goal in this one.
Sweden vs. Switzerland Pick: Draw and Over the Total at BetCris
Sweden vs. Switzerland Score Prediction: Sweden 1, Switzerland 1
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