Sweden and Switzerland open today’s program at the 1/8-finals of the World Cup in Russia today at 17 o’clock at the St. Petersburg stadium. Both teams were not put in the bets, but today one of them will break into the top 8 and will continue to dream of something more.
The Swedes show a stable and effective game and without shining specially or attracting attention in the absence of its megastar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Switzerland, on the other hand, started their participation as number 6 in the world rankings. “Crusaders” did not shake the start against Superfavorite Brazil, finishing 1: 1. Then they turned Serbia up to 2: 1, and in their last match they did not give Costa Rica – 2: 2.
The two teams have played fairly often historically – 28 times, but always in controls. Their last meeting dates back to 2002 when they finished 1: 1 in Malmö.
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A big blow for Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic in this match will be the absence of Fabian Shar and Stefan Liechtenstein in the defense who are serving a punishment.
Sweden does not have such problems with the composition of the squad, the only missing being the penned midfielder Sebastian Larsson.
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The team will be ranked in the top 8 for the first time since 1994 when it reached the semifinals and won the small finals against Bulgaria.
The winner between Sweden and Switzerland will face the 1/4-final against England or Colombia that they play later today.
Sweden: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelof, Grankvist, Augustine, Claesson, Svensson, Eckal, Forsberg, Berg, Tivonen.
Switzerland: Sommer, Rodriguez, Akandji, Juru, Lang, Behrami, Jacka, Embola, Gemayli, Shakuri, Gavranovic.