July 3, 2018

Switzerland vs Sweden

Sweden vs Switzerland After shockingly winning Group G ahead of Germany and Mexico, Sweden continues its 2018 World Cup Cinderella story Tuesday versus Switzerland. The Round of 16 match begins at 10 a.m. ET at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Sweden has kept clean sheets in four of its past five matches and rides a wave of momentum after thrashing Mexico 3-0 on Wednesday. But the favored Swiss also are brimming with confidence after tying Brazil and going undefeated in their past nine matches. Switzerland enters Tuesday’s showdown at +160 on the money line, meaning a $100 bet on a Swiss victory would pay $160. Sweden is +215 and a draw in regulation is +185. The over-under on total goals scored in this 2018 World Cup match is two.

Before you lock in your 2018 World Cup picks, you need to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say. Sumpter is an applied mathematician who wrote Soccermatics, the book that explains how math works inside the sport. Along with other experienced analysts, Sumpter developed the powerful Soccerbot model.
The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. In nearly three seasons since its inception, the Soccerbot is up an incredible 1,800 percent on bookmakers’ closing odds.

The Soccerbot is destroying the World Cup knockout stage. On Sunday, it correctly predicted draws in regulation for Spain-Russia (+280) and Croatia-Denmark (+225). Earlier, the model nailed draws for Argentina-Iceland (+385) and Brazil-Switzerland (+360) and predicted Iran upsetting Morocco at +275, just to name a few of its big calls. Anyone who has followed it is way up.
Now, the Soccerbot has digested the film, crunched the numbers and broken down every single player on Sweden and Switzerland. The model has released a very strong money-line pick, which it’s sharing over at SportsLine.

Switzerland  vs Sweden face off on Tuesday with the prospect on an unlikely quarter-final place and a potential meeting with England.

Sweden were the shock winners of Group F, which saw Germany finish bottom in an enthralling final round of fixtures.

Switzerland on the other hand saw off the challenge of Serbia to make sure they went through behind tournament favourites Brazil.

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What time is it?
The game kicks off at 3pm BST in St Petersburg.

Where can I watch it?
The game will be shown live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, with coverage starting from 2.30pm BST.

Odds:
Sweden: 2/1

Switzerland: 7/4

Draw after 90 minutes: 2/1

Prediction:
Sweden 2-1 Switzerland. It will be a close game between the two and despite Switzerland being the higher-ranked side, Sweden’s performances so far look like they could be enough to guide them through. Just.It was a perfect, almost unbelievable storm that allowed Sweden to climb into first place in Group F. They needed Germany to lose to South Korea, and Sweden had to score at least 3 goals against Mexico, a team that had allowed a single goal against in their previous two games.

That’s exactly what happened, and Sweden found themselves moving from an elimination spot into first place in the group. After playing to a draw against Brazil and Costa Rica, and beating Serbia, Switzerland ended Group E games with five points, good enough for second place and a shot at knocking Sweden out of the competition.

The game at Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg starts at 5 p.m. local time, or 10 a.m. Eastern (7 a.m. Pacific). You can watch it live on FS1 in English, or in Spanish on Telemundo and NBC Universo through your cable company. If you don’t have cable you can Online it via Hulu with Live TV, or fuboTV. fuboTV offers matchday bonus feeds to bring fans closer to each game, where you can select from Match360/Tactical View, two Team Channels, a Highlight Feed, and Cable Cam.

There’s one thing for certain when it comes to the knockout stage; one team will be send packing. Can Sweden parlay their fortune in the group stage into a deep run, or will Switzerland move on instead?

The model knows Sweden wasn’t threatened last time out, whipping Mexico 3-0 behind Ludwig Augustinsson’s left-footed volley and captain Andreas Granqvist’s penalty kick. The Blue-Yellow rallied behind teammate Jimmy Durmaz after his late foul cost Sweden in a 2-1 loss to Germany.

Making their first appearance in the knockout stage since 2006, the Swedes should benefit from the absence of two key Swiss defenders: captain Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schar. Both must sit after picking up their second yellow cards in the last game.
But the Swiss also boast dynamic talent like Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, who both scored in an electrifying 2-1 comeback win over Serbia. Shaqiri, a Stoke City winger, has four career World Cup goals.
The Swiss are gunning for their first quarterfinal appearance since 1954. They have lost just one of their past 24 international matches