Whatever the outcome, Dragan Stojkovic's team could have been in a much better position if they had just beaten Cameroon in their previous game.
Serbia face Switzerland in their final Group G game on Friday at Stadium 974, with the Eagles knowing they must win to advance to the knockout stages. Nati will likely be satisfied with a point if Cameroon fails to beat Brazil in the group’s other remaining game. Serbia still has a chance to advance to the knockout stages, but they will be disappointed that they are not in a better position going into the final game. The Eagles fell to an expected defeat against Brazil in the opener, despite holding the star-studded side off for quite some time, but a second-half Richarlison brace ensured that they took nothing from the match.
Whatever the outcome, Dragan Stojkovic’s team could have been in a much better position if they had just beaten Cameroon in their previous game, and they looked almost certain winners against the African side at one point. After the opposition’s Jean-Charles Castelletto opened the scoring, Serbia took a 2-1 lead at the half thanks to goals from Strahinja Pavlovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Aleksandar Mitrovic added a third shortly after the restart, but two goals in quick succession from the Indomitable Lions mean that only a win will suffice for Serbia, and even that will not ensure automatic progression if Cameroon defeats Brazil.
Switzerland is in a strong position to advance to the knockout stages after defeating Cameroon 1-0 in their first Group G game. Breel Embolo scored the game’s only goal early in the second half, securing a crucial three points for his national team against his birth country. Nati have only managed one goal in their first two games, falling to a 1-0 defeat against Brazil in their most recent match despite dominating for the majority of the game. Casemiro scored late to deny Murat Yakin’s team a vital point, but they remain in a strong position for the time being, needing only to avoid defeat unless Cameroon beats Brazil.
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored his first goal of the tournament against Cameroon, and the talisman is now fully recovered and ready to lead Serbia’s attack. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is having an excellent season with Lazio, is expected to play on the right flank, while captain Dusan Tadic is expected to play on the left. Strahinja Pavlovic, Milos Veljkovic, and Nikola Milenkovic are likely to start for the Eagles, as they have done in the previous two matches.
In terms of Switzerland, Noah Okafor is the only injury concern for Murat Yakin, as he currently has a muscle problem, though he was never a sure starter, having played less than 20 minutes against Cameroon. Given that a point should be enough to secure Nati’s progression, the manager may take the same cautious approach he used against Brazil, with Granit Xhaka and Remo Freuler sitting in front of the back four. Breel Embolo, Switzerland’s only goal scorer to date, should lead the attack, supported by Djibril Sow through the middle, while Ruben Vargas and a returning Xherdan Shaqiri could provide support in advanced wide roles.
Serbia probable starting lineups: Milinkovic-Savic; Milenkovic, Veljkovic, Pavlovic; Zivkovic, Maksimovic, Lukic, Kostic; Tadic, Milinkovic-Savic, Mitrovic
Switzerland probable starting lineup: Sommer; Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Freuler; Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas; Embolo
|Czech Republic||2-1 (W)|
|Switzerland beat Serbia||2-1|
The FIFA World Cup match between Sweden and Switzerland will take place at the Stadium 974 on Friday at 12:30 am IST.
|Sweden vs Switzerland||Key Details|
|Kickoff time in India||12:30 am (Saturday)|
|Kickoff time in Serbia||8:30 pm (Friday)|
|Kickoff time in Switzerland||8:30 pm (Friday)|
|Kickoff time in Qatar||10:30 pm (Friday)|
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar can be seen on Sports18 – 1 SD & HD – in India. Sports 18 will be telecasting the games on the regular and HD Channels. Besides, Viacom18 Sports announced that Jio Cinema will live-stream all the World Cup games. Besides, the match between Serbia and Switzerland can be seen on RTS and Arena Sport in Serbia; and SRG SSR in Switzerland.