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Prediction: Serbia vs Switzerland

Posted on June 21, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Prediction: Total goals over 2.5

Best odds: 8/5

Bookmaker: Ladbrokes, Coral.

On Monday evening, Serbia and Switzerland will confront each other in the second round of group E of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Both teams achieved satisfactory results in the opening round as Serbia beat Costa Rica by 1-0, courtesy of a superb free-kick by Aleksandar Kolarov, and the Swiss held off Brazil to a 1-1 draw with Steven Zuber’s header cancelling out Philippe Coutinho’s long-range stunner.

Apart from the competitiveness and the importance of a World Cup game in itself, the clash is unfortunately set to be tense with political motives as well, as several Switzerland players were born in the regions of former Yugoslavia.

Serbia

By winning this game, Serbia would cement a spot in the knockout stages and the prospect will certainly provide motivation, as they never got past the group stage of a World Cup under their current name.

Team News

Coach Mladen Krstajić won’t have any reasons to change his starting line-up after the team he chose for the opener put in a very good performance. The experience of Kolarov and Branislav Ivanović is of vital importance at the back, while the likes of Manchester United’s Nemanja Matić, Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojević and Lazio’s wanted youngster Sergej Milinković-Savić provide some tangible quality in midfield. Up front, Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrović and Southampton’s Dušan Tadić are likely to give trouble to any but a top-class defence.

Switzerland

For all the confidence the Serbs might have gained from beating Costa Rica, the Swiss will be confident too after the Brazil draw and will look to build on that result by taking the three points on offer for themselves.

Team News

Like his Serbian counterpart, Switzerland coach Vladimir Petković doesn’t have any obvious reasons to change his personnel, though he might ask for a different approach given that there is considerable difference between Brazil and Serbia in terms of quality.

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is very likely to start again, even though his performance against Brazil was pretty weak given his usual standards. Valon Behrami had much to do on his own and was excellent in stopping Neymar. But as Serbia don’t have such an outstanding attacking player like the Brazil star, Behrami’s job should be a bit easier and Xhaka should have more freedom to move forward.

Prediction: Total goals over 2.5

Best odds: 8/5

Bookmaker: Ladbrokes, Coral.

 

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