Serbia Vs. Switzerland
Kaliningrad Stadium/ Kaliningrad
2 P.M ET, June 22, 2018, Friday
Line: Serbia +155 Switzerland +180 Draw +225
FREE FIFA World Cup pick Serbia Vs. Switzerland
A Group that was supposed to see mighty Brazil on the top instead has shrewd Serbia. The stakes, however, get higher in game two with Serbia to put something of a stranglehold on a knockout spot with a second consecutive victory. Serbia proved to be a bit too much for Costa Rica as Aleksander Kolarov’s stunning left-footed curling free kick ended past Keylor Navas and Serbia marched with three points. Serbia have been criticized in the past for using defensive tactics but it has worked for them. It is still working and they continue to frustrate their opponents with their defensive mindset but get back home with three important points. Serbia have a solid set of players. In defence they have the experience and dominance of Brainslav Ivanovic and Aleksander Kolarov. Offensively, Serbia houses Dusan Tadic, Adem Ljajic and Filip Kostic- a technically gifted trio. In the middle the highly diligent Nemanja Matic will take control. Similar to many Balkan teams, the technical level of Serbia is high. The defensive work rate is likewise. If Serbia are able to annoy Switzerland and seize the opportunity when it arrives at the door they can grab very significant three points. Knowing that a knock-out berth is at the offering table, Serbs will certainly not be lacking motivation.
An industrious Swiss side were able to hold Brazil to a stalemate to everyone’s shock. The draw shook up the group and the entire World Cup. The Swiss side are not seen as contenders for the trophy but the Alpine nation are confident and capable of upsetting major teams in the tournament. Switzerland depend heavily on the influential Xherdan Shaqiri. Shaqiri, on his day, can be one of world’s most dangerous attacking midfielders. For being a European side, they have good physicality in the squad in form of Granit Xhaka, Blerim Dzemaili. The defence line is a mix of youth and experience and looks rock-solid. Coach Vladimir Petkovic plays a controlled possession-based style. He has a talented young defense and a sharp offense with flair and talent. This is an interesting team who look solid all over the field. If evaluated on recent performances, Switzerland need to be sharper upfront as striker Seferovic hasn’t been able to deliver his best. With gifted wingers, Switzerland are always capable of creating something on the flanks. The major test for Switzerland is to keep composure against a stern Serbian side that will look to frustrate the Alpines with their defensive play. Switzerland will be full of confidence after holding a Samba side full of glitz to a draw and will look for a positive result against the Balkans.
Serbia: Aleksandar Mitrovic. Serbia’s goal-scroing hopes rest on the shoulders of young Aleksandar Mitrovic. The temperamental striker is capable of causing havoc with his attacking character and is very strong in the air.
Switzerland: Xherdan Shaqiri. The 26 year-old star not only scores important goals but spectacular ones too. Dubbed as “Alpine Messi” he can entertain the crowd and make defenders dance around him. He will look to cut in from the right and provide goals with his hammer of a left foot.
Serbia: Dusan Tadic. Tadic wins a close competition with team-mate Nemanja Maticfor the role of The Orchestrator. Tadic has been an inspiring presence on the right wing for Serbia. Not blessed with great pace but has excellent ball control. Tadic is instrumental to Serbia’s attack and can create chances from impossible areas with his intelligent mind and foot-work.
Switzerland: Granit Xhaka. The Arsenal midfielder has the ability to control and hold up the play. Once touted as young Schweinsteiger, Xhaka has qualities of a fine central midfielder with an insight of occasionally going forward. It is important for him to control his anger the way he controls the ball. Xhaka’s passes will be the crucial to a smooth shift from defence to attack.
The Young Gun:
Serbia: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The great hope of Serbian football will play the No. 10 role and will hope to make a greater impact. Valued at €80 million, the promising Serbian dazzled with his display against Costa Rica and will take hold of every opportunity in his way. With Europe’s elite clubs scouting him in Russia this might be the best time to show his worth.
Switzerland: Manuel Akanji. The 22 year-old centre back Akanji is pivotal in the Swiss defence. Akanji provides the very important energy at the back and is hard as rock to beat. His commitment to the ball is his strongest quality and will only improve with match experience.
The Driving Spirit:
Serbia: Serbia would rely on their tough defence line and will be hoping to get a goal and again defend their lives out. With a lucrative knock-out berth spot in reach, they will give everything onto the pitch to claim it.
Switzerland: The Swiss won’t put the foot off the pedal after astonishing draw against World Cup heavyweights Brazil. Switzerland have a tendency to disturb the equilibrium of balanced sides with their splendid performances. They too, are in search of the knock-out berth spot and will take all measures to secure a win.
FREE FIFA World Cup pick Switzerland Vs. Serbia
Two enticing and confident teams are set to go head to head with chances of group being thrown into further disorder. Both teams are very well organized at the back, but do not possess a lot of quality in their attacks. It is likely to be an extremely cagey affair, with most of the match contested in the middle of the park and not many goal-scoring chances created. It is unlikely that there will be many goals in the game, considering the nature of either teams and a draw seems to be the most likely outcome at the Kaliningrad on Friday but Serbia might just edge past Switzerland in a very narrow manner.
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