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Serbia vs Switzerland: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

Serbia vs Switzerland- Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

Serbia against Switzerland on Friday has the potential to be a winner-takes-all contest for a shot at reaching the knockouts of the World Cup (7pm kick-off, UK time).

Serbia vs Switzerland: Betting tips

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Serbia vs Switzerland: Predictions

Serbia vs Switzerland: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? Yes 37/50 with Midnite
Correct score 1-1 5/1 with Midnite
First Goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic 41/10 with Midnite

Brazil have already confirmed their place in the last 16 from Group G, so one of only Serbia, Switzerland or Cameroon can join them in the knockouts. As it stands, Switzerland are in the driving seat with three points, but that could all change on Friday, with Serbia knowing a win could give themselves a chance of qualification.

If Cameroon can’t produce something spectacular and beat Brazil in their final match-up, then this showdown in Doha between Switzerland and Serbia will be a straight shootout, though football’s script-makers rarely do things by the book. Even so, Murat Yakin’s Rossocrociati know a win will make the Cameroon result against Brazil redundant. Their fate is in their own hands.

For Serbia, though, their only chance of progression is to take down Switzerland and hope Cameroon don’t beat Brazil by a wide margin. It’s certainly not against the realms of possibility, and in Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic, Dusan Tadic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the nation have a squad more than capable of hurting Switzerland, as Cameroon found out on Monday. They will just need to shore things up at the back, which is ironic because Serbia boss Dragan Stojkovic will be hoping to target the Swiss’ holes.

“We’d really like to talk about their cheese and find their weak spots – the holes – to get the result,” he told reporters.

“We knew after the [group stage] draw was held that Brazil is an entirely different dimension and we would be fighting for second place with Cameroon and Switzerland. These forecasts brought us to this point.

“We knew the match with Switzerland would be of major importance as the last one in the group, and this is what we’re now faced with. We’ve witnessed a lot of surprises at this World Cup, but we will be ready.”

Serbia vs Switzerland match stats

Matches involving Switzerland, thus far, have been interesting if unspectacular. They have been involved in two 1-0s, with one working in their favour against Cameroon, before Brazil edged them on Monday night. Serbia meanwhile have lost 2-0 to Brazil, and were then involved in a six-goal thriller against Cameroon. That 3-3 has bred life into Group G, but for the four contests so far, there have under 2.5 goals. Expect another cagey affair on Friday.

As for who might be the difference-maker for knockout-chasing Serbia. After the end of the second round of fixtures, Aleksandar Mitrovic had taken on the joint-fifth most shots of any player at the World Cup with seven. He opened his account last time out against Cameroon and will be scenting blood for this tournament-defining showdown. Switzerland will be tough to break down, though, with the nation conceding just one goal so far.

Serbia vs Switzerland result odds

Serbia vs Switzerland: Squawka Says

Scoreline prediction: Serbia 1-1 Switzerland

Serbia vs Switzerland head-to-head

22 Jun 2018 – Serbia 1-2 Switzerland – World Cup

These two nations were pitted against one another in the groups of the previous World Cup. Vladimir Petkovic’s side won 2-1 thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, which cancelled out Mitrovic deadlock-breaker five minutes in.