Our prediction for this World Cup 2018 match:
A place in the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals will be at stake when Sweden and Switzerland take on each other at Sankt-Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. The Swedes set up a meeting with the Rossocrociati by rolling over Mexico 3-0 in their last group game and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of the clash. Switzerland, on the other hand, are undefeated at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and they are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Tuesday’s football game. Xherdan Shaqiri is undisputedly the team’s key player and all eyes will be on him when Switzerland take on Sweden in Sankt-Petersburg. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that the game will go into extra-time. In their last meeting on the international stage the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in a friendly and the history is likely to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Marcus Berg):
Marcus Berg is a Swedish footballer who was born on 17 August, 1986. The 184-cm-tall attacker played for the likes of Torsby, Velen and Goteborg during his youth career and he continued playing for the Anglarna at senior level.
Marcus Berg joined Groningen in 2007 and two years later he moved to Bundesliga, signing a deal with Hamburger SV. After spending the 2010/2011 season on loan at PSV, the Swedish striker made 13 appearances more for Hamburg and on 8 July, 2013 he joined Panathinaikos. Berg signed a four-year deal with the Greek outfit and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for the team on his debut against Panetolikos.
The Swedish striker scored 15 goals in the 2013/2014 Greek Superleague campaign with Panathinaikos. Berg has 19 appearances for Sweden U21 team and he made his 42nd for the first team at the 2016 European Championship finals in France. The Swedish forward is well known for his heading ability.
Highlighted Team (Switzerland):
While missing the first ever World Cup, Switzerland played at next four, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions, but they were unable to repeat the success in next six appearances. Nati reached the first knockout stage in 1994, 2006 and 2014, but they couldn’t make the next step.
When it comes to their European Championship appearances, the situation is even worse, as the team only qualified for the 1996, 2004 and 2016 finals, while they automatically qualified for the 2008 tournament together with co-hosts Austria. Switzerland national team of late have profited from the multicultural environment, as they appear to have closed the gap behind top European sides and also adopted a more adventurous style of play.
The new generation is probably the most talented yet, with players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ricardo Rodriguez and Valon Behrami all held in high regard. Nati now have a unique chance to try and reach the closing stages of a major tournament as their key men are either at their peak or will be there in the next couple of years.