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Switzerland v Costa Rica World Cup Preview and Predictions - The Swiss look towards the knockout stage

Rippa Staff 27 Jun 2018
  • Switzerland only need a draw
  • Costa Rica are already eliminated
  • Switzerland should be too good 

Switzerland only needs a draw to advance to the round of 16 as they play Costa Rica at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Wednesday, June 27 (Thursday AEST). 

Switzerland v Costa Rica kicks off at 04.00am AEST on Thursday. The game will be broadcast on SBS in Australia. 

Prediction 


Match Preview 


After shocking the world with a 1-1 draw against Brazil and a 2-1 victory against Serbia, Switzerland only needs a draw against Costa Rica to confirm their place in the knockout stages. The Swiss have clearly outperformed expectations through the group stages and could be a dark horse as we move into knockout matches.

Tempers flared in Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia. Swiss goal-scorers Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka may face sanctions from FIFA after celebrating goals with a gesture of an eagle, which represents the flag of Albania.

Many believe this was a deliberate action against Serbia, who does not recognize Kosovo as an independent state. 

Moving onto this match against Costa Rica, it promises to be a little more ‘friendly’ as Costa Rica cannot advance from the group stage, with losses to Serbia and Brazil.

Costa Rica will be playing for pride in their match against Switzerland and finding the back of the net would be a good start. That may be easier said than done against a Swiss team who has only allowed three goals in the last six matches.

Stats

  • Costa Rica has lost their last four matches by an average of two goals.
  • Switzerland is undefeated in their last six matches. 
  • Switzerland has kept a clean sheet in their of their last six matches. 

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