R16 July 3 Sweden v. Switzerland [R]

Discussion in 'World Cup 2018 - Knockout Rounds' started by soccernutter, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. soccernutter

    soccernutter Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 22, 2001
    Don't drink beer but like cheese
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hi everyone,

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    So, with that said, good luck to both sides, and let's enjoy!

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  2. soccernutter

    soccernutter Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 22, 2001
    Don't drink beer but like cheese
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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    Sweden

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    Switzerland

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    Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg (capacity: 64,468)

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  3. Buffonfan

    Buffonfan Member

    Jun 26, 2018
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Sweden's fan here. I hope Sweden win, and I don't see how Sweden couldn't win, they got strong defense, and they organize. Switzerland might be a bit better on attack, but their defense is definately not strong as Sweden. I said Sweden got this one.

    GO GO Sweden!!
     
  4. Philip J. Fry

    Philip J. Fry Member+

    Mexico
    Jun 12, 2013
    Club:
    Borussia Dortmund
    I see both teams pretty even. Sweden is slightly better defending while the Swiss are better on attack. 50/50
     
  5. Buffonfan

    Buffonfan Member

    Jun 26, 2018
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Yes Sir, and they both similar team. But from the group stage I see Sweden perform better. I still said Switzerland will have a hard time break into Sweden defense.

    I think Sweden got this, but then I'm a Sweden's fan so..

    Who you think will win?
     
  6. Philip J. Fry

    Philip J. Fry Member+

    Mexico
    Jun 12, 2013
    Club:
    Borussia Dortmund
    Switzerland.
     
  7. Skandal!!!

    Skandal!!! Member

    Legia Warszawa
    Poland
    Apr 26, 2017
    Sverige in Karoliner mode - hold the lines! Semi final seems real, if England gets over Colombia... :)
     
  8. Froboy69

    Froboy69 Member+

    Mar 25, 2011
    Club:
    FC Internazionale Milano
    Nat'l Team:
    Colombia
    I honestly don't know who will win; I want to say Sweden but being honest about it, I think that either one can win this.
     
  9. Big balls

    Big balls Member

    May 22, 2006
    Sweden
    Switzerland has some crazy stats (can someone lay them out ?)

    pre-world cup Its something like 25 games without a loss and a tremendous amount of wins. I might be talking out of my......, but that's what I heard. They are ranked 6th in the world! o_O

    The Switzerland of old was a great draw in qualifying, it might have been tough games but was usually 6 points for Sweden (home and away). Those days are gone. I've seen international papers call Sweden "The giant killer" with pictures of Robben and Buffon. It feels rather ominous that we now face a team that doesn't have a great deal of respect and yet they are ranked No.6.

    After Sweden made sure Italy missed their first world cup since 1958 I am never truly doubting anything this team can do. Beating Brazil in a World Cup knockout match or finishing ahead of Germany in the group stage is a less impressive feature than going ahead of Italy in 2 play-off games. I gave Sweden roughly 1% chance at best of making it past Italy in 2 games. The team could pull an upset in 1 game but no way they could stand against the Italians in the second one.

    WIth all that being said, it seems so fitting that they will now be axed by a team that doesn't have the name recognition that they should have considering their stats.

    No idea really, my homer bet is on Sweden
     
  10. Hayaka

    Hayaka Member+

    Jun 21, 2009
    SF North Bay
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Denmark
    That can't be right, as the Swiss lost their last 2018 group qualifier to Portugal.
     
  11. HansWorldCup

    HansWorldCup Member

    Roma
    Sweden
    Jan 10, 2018
    Its one loss in 25 games.
     
  12. Nico777

    Nico777 Member+

    Olympique de marseille
    Croatia
    Oct 19, 2017
    Sweden impressed me against Mexico...
    Will be tough for their opponents, colombia-england included.
     
  13. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Dusselheim FC 1971
    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    I see this game too close to call like the Denmark-Croatia match. Maybe even go to penalties since both teams know hot to play solid Defense for the most part.
     
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  14. Nico777

    Nico777 Member+

    Olympique de marseille
    Croatia
    Oct 19, 2017
    I know that half of players in swiss are from balkanic origins and just like us yesterday they won't like to play a team as much organized and strong physically. Everything is possible in football but i give Sweden the edge there especially after the confidence boost from Mexico.
     
  15. Xylophone

    Xylophone Member

    Fiorentina
    Sweden
    Jan 30, 2018
    #15 Xylophone, Jul 2, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2018
    A few thoughts:

    *The last time Switzerland won a knockout round game in an international tournament was in 1938 when they beat Germany. However, there were no group stages back then so the format was different. The last time Sweden won such a do-or-die game was in 1994, against Romania.

    *Lichtsteiner & Schär not playing makes Switzerland more beatable than had they not been suspended. Especially Lichtsteiner, whose leadership is invaluable for the Swiss. We need to take advantage of this.

    *While not having an elite striker, Switzerland should beat us on paper. Nearly every single squad member plays, or has played, in an European top 5 league. Yet, they never take their game to the next level. They're they NT equivalent of an stable upper-midtable club who won't contend for the trophy. Everton might be an apt comparison.

    *Both teams have had incidents relating to multiculturalism in the team (Albanian eagle symbol vs. Serbia, & Durmaz death threats on social media), and I think both have responded in a way that makes me think that team spirit & level of unity is really high.

    *A Swiss-Croatian player kicked a Scandinavian team out of the tournament yesterday. Guess who'll be extra nervous if there is a penalty shootout and Drmić steps up to the spot?
     
  16. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Dusselheim FC 1971
    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    That 1994 Sweden-Romania match was fun.
    To this day my favorite FK set piece of all time in any tournament.
     
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  17. Val1

    Val1 Member+

    Arsenal
    Mar 12, 2004
    MD's Eastern Shore
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    That 94 Swedish team was loaded. They beat themselves in their minds even before taking the pitch vs Brazil. It was a fvcking shame....
     
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  18. legendofzola

    legendofzola Member

    Jun 4, 2006
    Cape Breton
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Great post. I'm probably not respecting them enough either.

    I don't have a clue who will win..i'm hoping there is some entertainment although I'm predicting a slog....a Croatia?Denmarkish game
     
  19. Guinho

    Guinho Member+

    May 27, 2001
    San Francisco, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    So that's what excited Swedes sound like? Makes me miss Iceland.
     
  20. Guinho

    Guinho Member+

    May 27, 2001
    San Francisco, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And Elo has Switzerland the slight favorites here
    Switzerland 1913
    Sweden 1872

    That's a 55% to 45% advantage.

    Colombia or England would be the favorites over either.
     
  21. Iranian Monitor

    Iranian Monitor Member+

    Aug 18, 2004
    Tehran Iran
    This match is an example of why I don't much care to see to me redundant sides from the same confederation at the World Cup. Sweden and Switzerland are both good teams. Certainly much better than Panama or Saudi Arabia or even Egypt. One of them will even make the quarterfinals and, who knows, maybe beyond. But I hold no real interest in either one.
     
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  22. TheHitman47

    TheHitman47 Member

    Jan 14, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester City FC
    Exactly, I am only watching this game because it's the World Cup.
     
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  23. Nico Limmat

    Nico Limmat Member+

    Oct 24, 1999
    Dubai, UAE
    Club:
    Grasshopper Club Zürich
    Nat'l Team:
    Switzerland
    Not to mention the global confusion when the two countries most often confused with one another play in a match :D
    https://www.thelocal.ch/20180403/sp...-new-york-stock-exchange-flies-the-wrong-flag

    As a Swiss fan I see this as a 50:50 game. Either one can take it. I of course hope we finally beat our inability to win an elimination round match. Whether it entertains you lot is rather secondary. :D
     
  24. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Very evenly matched game - so hard to pick a favorite... Sweden have been the ultimate giant killers in this tournament, but Swizerland's flag is a big plus
     
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  25. Xylophone

    Xylophone Member

    Fiorentina
    Sweden
    Jan 30, 2018
    That's a brilliant freekick. Too bad I don't remember that tournament at all. We had quite a few quality players back then.
     

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