Coming into Qatar World Cup 2022, Brazil were both the Group G favourites and tournament favourites, which means that both the Swiss and the Serbians will see this as a must-win match to hope to reach the next round.
Serbia vs Switzerland is a very close contest, with both European sides having won their respective 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification groups against teams considered to be far stronger.
So, will it be Serbia or Switzerland to earn a huge win on the 2nd of December? This is what you need to know and how the oddsmakers see the game at Stadium 974 in Doha.
- Expect Serbia to build momentum with plenty of possession.
- The Swiss will be ready to stop attacks and spring counters.
- It’s going to be a close game according to the FIFA World Cup 2022 Group G odds.
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Serbia’s tricky three-at-the-back setup continues to work
Dragan Stojković has been touted as a top-class manager for years, famously given the nod by Arsène Wenger as his preferred successor at Arsenal. For his home nation, the meticulous strategies based around a 3-4-1-2 or 3-4-2-1 formation continue to impress, keeping possession and taking down the likes of Portugal and Sweden, as well as hosts Qatar 4-0 on two occasions already.
The greatest feat came in the last game of Group A in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers. Facing Portugal in a battle for the top spot, Serbia won 2-1 in Lisbon to get automatic passage to the finals. They’ll look to surpass the nation’s 2010 and 2018 finishes in the Group Stage at Qatar 2022. That said, qualification alone shows significant improvements under Stojković, who came in after the Eagles failed to make it to Euro 2020.
Serbia has one of the most high-calibre striking corps in Europe, boasting Aleksandar Mitrović, Dušan Vlahović, Luka Jović, and Dušan Tadić to unleash up top. However, the focus in a game like this will likely fall on midfielders Nemanja Gudelj and Sergej Milinković-Savić to command the tempo of the game.
Switzerland’s experimentation since qualifying raising eyebrows
With Murat Yakin at the helm since August 2021, Switzerland consistently played a 4-3-2-1 formation throughout the qualifying games, going undefeated under the Basel-born head coach. Since then, he’s experimented with different setups, losing to England, Czechia, Portugal, and Spain, but then beating Portugal 1-0 in a 4-3-3 formation. Known to be able to enforce strong defensive play and lethal counters, the Swiss are a bit of a question mark now.
Regardless, Yakin’s side certainly impressed when it mattered the most. In his six qualifying games in charge, the Nati went undefeated, which included two draws with Euro 2020 winners Italy. Going straight through, Switzerland will hope to emulate their Quarter-Finals finish of the 1954 World Cup and that of Euro 2020 – which saw them oust the reigning World Cup champions, France, on penalties in the Round of 16.
In a game with so much riding on it as Serbia vs Switzerland, the Swiss will be looking for resolute defending and a surefooted passing game. So, Manuel Akanji, Denis Zakaria, Granit Xhaka, Nico Elvedi, and Ricardo Rodríguez will need to be at their best.
Betting tips and odds on Serbia vs Switzerland in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group G
The FIFA World Cup 2022 Group G winner odds predict a very close race between Switzerland and Serbia. Brazil is the outright favourite in the group at 9/20, but Switzerland are second at 9/2, and Serbia are just back at 11/2. While both European sides are unlikely to win Group G, this clearly shows how closely matched they are.
Coming into the tournament, this would likely put the Swiss as the narrow favourites to win in the Serbia vs Switzerland match, with a draw at short odds. However, Stojković’s side shouldn’t be overlooked, as his Serbia tactics certainly have the potential to unpick the Nati and control the game.
As one of the decisive Qatar 2022 dates, you won’t want to miss Serbia vs Switzerland on ITV at 7 pm UK time.
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