Quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 are completing with two matches today. In the first match of the day, Scandinavians Sweden will take on the Alpine Swiss. Both the teams have been very very impressive in the group stages.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 has already seen its fair share of upsets so far after the likes of Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Spain all went home on or before the round of 16. The World Cup has surely turned into a spectacle for the neutrals as the difference between the big teams have diminished drastically with the lesser fancied ones. Last night Japan almost pulled off the perfect upset before Belgium made a comeback from 2 goals down to progress to the quarters and meet Brazil.
Sweden were the surprise of the group stages after they topped their group consisting of Germany, Mexico and South Korea. This new look Sweden side has looked very compact as a unit since Zlatan Ibrahimovich retired from international football. They knocked out Holland and Italy in the qualifying rounds before ending the dreams of Germany in the group stages. The Vikings led by their inspirational captain Andreas Granqvist has been rock solid at the back conceding only twice in 3 matches. The whole Sweden team have played beautiful football and have also looked threatening going forward.
Switzerland have also looked very solid defensively. They are the only team so far who have scored against the mighty Brazilians. They have also shown how deadly they can be in attack, with their exploits against Serbia. Shaqiri and co are also one of the most beautiful sides to look at when they are on the counter. We can surely hope for a cracker of a game for a place in the last 8 of the World Cup tonight.
Injury and Suspension:
Sweden is likely to miss the services of their key midfielder Sebastian Larsson, who is still recovering from a head injury and is also out due to suspension from his two yellow cards.
Switzerland don’t have any injury problems, but will be without their star defender Fabian Schar and also their inspirational captain Stephan Lichtsteiner. Both are suspended.
Sweden: Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelöf, Andreas Granqvist, Ludwig Augustinsson; Viktor Claesson, Gustav Svensson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg; Marcus Berg, Ola Toivonen.
Switzerland: Yann Sommer; Michael Lang, Johan Djourou, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez; Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka; Xherdan Shaqiri, Blerim Dzemaili, Steven Zuber; Josip Drmic.
Sweden vs Switzerland Key Players:
The first meeting between the two sides in a major competition is sure to be a hot affair. A handful of talented bunch of players will be the ones to look out for in today’s match.
For Sweden, goalkeeper Robin Olsen will be crucial under the bar. The centre half duo of Andreas Granqvist and Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof will be key in their defensive solidity. Viktor Claesson and Emil Forsberg will need to take up more responsibilities in the absence of former Sunderland and Hull City man Larsson while Ola Toivonen and Marcus Berg will be the ones to bank on goals for.
Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer will once again be vital in goal for his team. In the absence of his first team centre back partner, more responsibility will befall on the young Borussia Dortmund man Manuel Akanji at the back. AC Milan’s Left back Ricardo Rodriguez will also require to play his A game in the absence of Arsenal man Stephan Lichtsteiner. The midfield quadrant of Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka, Liverpool FC target Xherdan Shaqiri, Blerin Dzemaili and Valon Behrami will be tasked to boss the midfield, as well as to score occasional goals.
Draw(into extra-time and beyond): 2/1
Telecast and Live Streaming:
The game is scheduled on Tuesday from 07:30 p.m. IST and will be telecast on Sony network and also in the Sony Liv app. However, for online streaming links, send us a message to our official Facebook page