2018 FIFA World Cup – Switzerland vs Costa Rica Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Wednesday 27th June, 19:00

Where? Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

What channel is it on? ITV4

Where can I stream the match? The match can be streamed online via ITV Player

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/group-e-brazil-switzerland-costa-rica-serbia-tickets/ca5915

THE TEAM NEWS

SWITZERLAND

  • Switzerland got their World Cup back on track by coming from behind to beat Serbia last time out so they know a point will see them progress.
  • Xhaka and Shaqiri's goal celebrations stole the headlines and there is a small chance they could both face action from FIFA from that.
  • Petkovic will not make any major changes for this game but Gavranovic or possibly Embolo could come in for the ineffective Seferovic.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):

Sommer

Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez

Xhaka, Behrami

Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber

Gavranovic

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None

COSTA RICA

  • Costa Rica came within minutes of holding Brazil to a draw but they eventually succumbed and were eliminated from the World Cup.
  • Coach Oscar Ramirez may consider changes to give a few players in his squad some playing time and rotate some of the regulars.
  • Waston, Calvo, Bolanos and Tejeda could all come into the line-up while Campbell may also be handed a recall into the attack.

Predicted line-up (5-4-1):

Navas

Gamboa, Acosta, Gonzalez, Duarte, Oviedo

Ruiz, Guzman, Borges, Venegas

Campbell

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None

THE PREDICTION

Switzerland were excellent in the second half against Serbia to come from behind and win, and they will be confident they can ease through this game against a valiant but average Costa Rican side. Expect Petkovic's men to manage the game carefully and win while keeping a clean sheet.