Having been paired with Brazil and Costa Rica in Group E, both of these teams will recognise the fantastic opportunity that awaits them to – probably – finish second behind Brazil and progress to the last 16.
But they will need to claim all three points here you would think – or at least secure a draw and give Costa Rica a bit of tonking – in order to get ahead in the race for second.
As we know, both of these teams qualified for the World Cup in Russia with relative ease, but it’s fair to say that Serbia had a tougher time of things. They were grouped with Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Austria, amongst others, and the fact they managed to top the pile for the loss of just one game hints at the marked improvement in their game.
Switzerland, on the other hand, really couldn’t have wished for an easier group in qualifying. Okay, so they were paired with European champions Portugal, but otherwise a group containing Hungary, the Faroe Islands, Latvia and Andorra really is the stuff of dreams. They won nine of their ten matches and lost the only one they were arguably ‘supposed’ to: away in Portugal.
So the Swiss have had an easier route, but will that count for anything against a Serbia side that has proven themselves against bigger and better opposition? Read Serbia vs Switzerland betting tips.
Serbia and Switzerland in first round
Serbia won against Costa Rica 1-0 after a dull match, and for a long period of time they couldn't score a goal. If they cannot beat Costa Rican defense, then will they be really able to do that with Swiss one?
Switzerland on the other hand managed to get a tie against always dangerous Brazil. They were able to eliminate all the threats like Neymar and Coutinho so if they will play as good defensively as they did against Canarinhos this match is looking like a winning one to them. Take that into account when making Serbia vs Switzerland betting tips.
1. Serbia vs Switzerland Odds
|Statistics for last 10 matches (including WC) ||Serbia / Switzerland |
|Number of wins: ||6 / 6 |
|Number of draws: ||1 / 3 |
|Average scored goals per match: ||1.6 / 2.0 |
|Average conceded goals per match: ||0.8 / 0.6 |
|Failure to score matches: ||1 / 2 |
|Team form (last 5 matches): ||L W L W W / W W D W D |
The Serbia vs Switzerland odds are pretty close. The bookmakers are siding with Switzerland for this one, making them their narrow 2.60 favourites.
But it’s a close run thing with Serbia just back on 3.00, with the draw available at 3.10.
2. Serbia vs Switzerland Predictions
It’s interesting that Switzerland have been installed as favourites, because they are a solid rather than spectacular team who at this point must have fairly low expectations of how they will fare in Russia.
They qualified with ease, fair enough, but their group was a piece of cake, and most worryingly for the Swiss was that they struggled for goals. They could only put four past the Faroe Islands in two games, and just five past the minnows of Andorra. Switzerland’s top scorer was Haris Seferovic, who scored just four in ten.
And therein lies their major concern: they have some fine attacking talents in Seferovic, Josip Drmic and Breel Embolo, but they really do lack a player who can put the ball in the net on a regular basis.
By contrast, Serbia have found a man in a rich vein of scoring form: Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has traded the subs bench at Newcastle for a run at English Championship side Fulham. The goals are flowing, and it doesn’t matter that it is at a less than stellar level of football: strikers thrive on confidence.
He will be fed by the likes of Dusan Tadic, Adem Ljajic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, while Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic hold the fort in midfield. It’s an exciting front six, and in matches of a close nature like this you might argue that Serbia have more players that can produce that single moment of magic to break the deadlock than Switzerland.
From a betting perspective, Serbia are nice value at 2.00 in the Draw No Bet market.
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4. Serbia vs Switzerland
So these were our Serbia vs Switzerland predictions. Opportunity awaits for Serbia or Switzerland, who both know they have an excellent chance in progressing to the knockout phase along with Brazil in Group E. So who will claim the all-important three points here?
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