Swedes can stop clockwise Swiss progress
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The draw has opened up nicely for Sweden and Switzerland who are set to play each other in the last 16 round tie on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.
Whilst the Swiss side expectedly came runners-up to Brazil in their respective group, it’s the Scandinavians who shockingly ended up topping the Group F above the likes of Mexico, Korea and Germany to set the stage for such encounter at this stage of the competition.
sides have 5 wins apiece coming into their 14th head to head encounter. This will, however, be their maiden clash at a major tournament as most of their previous ties came in qualifications for either World Cup or EURO.
None of last three H2H outings offered 3 or more goals. Sweden are unbeaten in last 3 encounters with La Nati, two of which ended up in a draw.
The previous clash had a friendly character and saw a 1-1 draw back in March 2002.
Both teams see the tie as a huge change to each the last eight following the much easier-than-expected draw.
The stakes are just massive and give n that both managers generally fancy the defensive-minded style, we can’t imagine a high-scoring affair on Tuesday.
The Under 2.5 goals FT should be a banker at the 1.44 odds.
Punters who are after longshots can also chase the goalless draw, priced at 6.00 odds.
We will take a more conservative approach backing no goals in the first half as we don’t believe any of two sides will take unnecessary risks going forward too much in the first 45 minutes.
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