Sweden’s roller coaster of a campaign in Russia now faces its next twist when they take on Switzerland in the Round of 16 at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on 3 July. From scraping past South Korea 1-0 to thumping Mexico aside with a last-minute defeat to Germany, Sweden has already seen almost everything. Switzerland, on the other hand, has looked far more consistent despite two draws and a win in the group stage. History will be in the beckoning as both Sweden and Switzerland will seek to enter the quarter-final after a long, long wait. It will be about the attack of both sides as the defenses look pretty much equal. After watching what happened last night, it will have to be said that it will all come down to holding your nerves at the end.
For the fans, it will be their biggest game of the tournament. Fans from both sides are expected to storm the stadium in massive numbers. It will be a big day for the fans back home as well. For all of the fans dreaming of a World Cup quarterfinal, here are all the details supposed to be known about Sweden vs. Switzerland game.
Sweden vs Switzerland Live Stream
The official broadcasters of both Switzerland and Sweden will be streaming the match live on their respective official websites. Web users can opt for websites while mobile users will have the option of streaming the game live via apps. The fans in the UK will be able to enjoy a VR (Virtual Reality) stream of the match as well via BBC’s VR 2018 FIFA World Cup App. High-quality streams will also be provided by FOX Sports, Telemundo, DirecTV, Mediaset, Sony LIV, Mediaset, TSN Canada, Optus Sports, beIN Sports, and Sky. Fans can check with FIFA’s official website to confirm the channel and link available in their country.
The 7th Match of 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played between Serbia and Switzerland at Saint Petersburg Stadium on 3 July. The match will be the first of the day and will kick-off at 17:00 local time. Tickets are not available online anymore, and the stadium almost sold out. The last few tickets will be made available at the ticket counters across the city. Fan parks for fans from both Sweden and Switzerland will also be available. Ticket availability for the stadium and fan parks can be confirmed via FIFA’s official website.
Suspensions will haunt both sides as Sweden will miss Sebastian Larsson while Switzerland will be without the services of Captain Stephan Lichtsteiner and defender Fabian Schar. Sweden is likely to bring in Hiljemark or Svensson as the replacement. Captain’s armband for Switzerland will be taken over by Michael Lang. Sweden has lacked the cutting edge up front with their striking options falling to impress.
Sweden Probable XI (4-4-2)
Olsen (GK); Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Svensson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen
Switzerland Probable XI (4-2-3-1)
Sommer (GK); Lang, Djourou, Akanji R. Rodriguez; Behrami, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Dzemali, Zuber; Gavranovic
Matches Played: 13
The game between Sweden and Switzerland will be broadcasted in Sweden on CMore Football and CMore Channel 4. The fans in Switzerland will have three options to watch the game on, RSI S2, SRF, and RTS. All the three broadcasters will broadcast the big game on their respective primary sports channels. FOX Sports in America, ITV in the United Kingdom, beIN Sports in the MENA region, Optus Sports in Australia, Mediaset in Spain and Italy, Sony Ten Network in Asian Subcontinent, and Kwese Sports, Canal+, and SuperSport in Africa will also be broadcasting the match across within their geographical constraints. The broadcast will include a preview and a review show before and after the game to discuss and analyze the game in detail.
Though Sweden has had better results in the group stages, Switzerland will enter the game as favorites. Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri will be pushing Sweden to the limits. Switzerland will be threatening with Shaqiri having the ball as his bullet-like shots are good enough to beat the best of goalkeepers in the World. Yes, Sweden does have the momentum, but Switzerland will fancy their chances more because of their sheer attacking prowess. For the he-man of Switzerland, our prediction sees Switzerland winning it 3-2.