Serbia vs Switzerland | World Cup Betting Tip & Prediction
Serbia and Switzerland meet in Group E on Friday evening, with many already predicting a close encounter in Kaliningrad between the European duo. Serbia come into the match off the back of a narrow opening win over Costa Rica, while Switzerland held World Cup favourites Brazil to a draw on Sunday evening.
Serbia vs Switzerland | Match Preview
Group E rivals Serbia and Switzerland meet in the World Cup in Russia later this week, with two points currently separating the duo in the standings. The European duo will both still be hopeful of potentially joining group favourites Brazil in the knockout phase of the competition, with the result in Kaliningrad on Friday set to have a significant impact here. For those still unsure of who to back ahead of kick-off, be sure to check out our top betting tip below. However, let’s first take a closer look at the two teams, starting with Serbia.
Serbia Team News & Form
A superb free-kick from Aleksandar Kolarov handed Serbia a narrow win over Costa Rica in their first match, with manager Mladen Krstajić likely to name the same starting line-up that featured from the off last weekend. As a result, Aleksandar Mitrovic should once again be supported in a forward position by the hugely talented Sergej Milinković-Savić, while Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic will also start in midfield. Serbia have failed to find any form of consistency of late however, which will offer opponents Switzerland hope ahead of kick-off on Friday.
Switzerland Team News & Form
A second half goal from Stefan Zuber was enough to hand Switzerland a point against Brazil in their opening Group E fixture, with Vladimir Petković undoubtedly looking for a similar performance against rivals Serbia this time around. Switzerland bring a mixture of youth and experience, with new Arsenal signing Stephan Lichtsteiner leading the side in Russia. Elsewhere, the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Blerim Džemaili will look to provide creativity in advanced areas.
Serbia vs Switzerland Head to Head
The two nations have, perhaps surprisingly, never met in either a friendly or competitive fixture, meaning that no conclusions can be made when it comes to their head-to-head record.
Serbia vs Switzerland Betting Odds and Predictions
There is little to choose between the duo ahead of kick-off with the majority of online bookmakers, making predictions difficult ahead of Friday’s encounter. Following their win over Costa Rica, Serbia are available to back at odds of 17/10 with William Hill, while Switzerland are priced at 2/1 on the same platform to claim their first 2018 World Cup victory. Meanwhile, a draw after 90 minutes is available at 21/10 with Paddy Power.
Top Betting Tip
However, our top betting tip for the match is to bet on under 2.5 goals being scored during the 90 minutes in Kaliningrad, a market is available at a best price of 1/2 with William Hill.