A rather unpredictable match up for World Cup 2018 last 16 battle will happen this Tuesday when Sweden facing up against Switzerland.
Both teams’ meeting at this stage is certainly not something many football fans were predicting, notably for the Blue Yellow squad, which came out as the winner of their group.
Janne Andersson’s side surprisingly finished ahead of Mexico and Germany on their final group game, despite there’s that concern of them not even making it out of the group stage after their second match.
Now that they’re already reaching that knock out stage, Sweden are keen on not taking this massive opportunity to go even further, which they can do by beating Swiss this midweek.
It won’t be an easy game, but with that strong hunger of continuing their World Cup campaign along with morale boost after their 3-0 win over Mexico on their final group game, will give that extra energy for their Tuesday tie.
Swiss themselves also wouldn’t want to miss out on the precious chance of advancing into the quarter finals or World Cup, something that isn’t even common on Vladimir Petkovic’s side.
In order to overcome a confident Sweden team, Nati must work on their bad habit of starting the games slowly and badly, since they might not have much opportunity to fix things during the game.
Moreover, some problems also troubling Swiss’ preparation as they won’t be able to field Fabian Schaer along with skipper, Stephan Lichtsteiner due to suspension.
Petkotiv must find the right solution to replace those defenders absentees or things can really get ugly for them.
Probable starting line up:
Sweden: Robin Olsen(g):Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelöf, Andreas Granqvist, Ludwig Augustinsson; Viktor Claesson, Gustav Svensson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg; Marcus Berg, Ola Toivonen
Switzerland: Yann Sommer(g); Michael Lang, Johan Djourou, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez; Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka; Xherdan Shaqiri, Blerim Dzemaili, Steven Zuber; Josip Drmic.