Hello and welcome to the live blog of the FIFA World Cup 2022 group stage game between Serbia and Switzerland.

Switzerland and Serbia are on the hunt for a Round of 16 berths as they approach the final game of the group stage of World Cup 2022. Switzerland currently occupies the second spot but a loss against Serbia can shatter dreams of knockouts. Serbia on the other hand are bottom of the table but they have been really impressive in all games so far.

Serbia bottled against Cameroon after taking a 3-1 lead which could backfire against them going into the final clash. Their defence needs to step up and especially against a fierce attack like Switzerland, they need to be in their top form to nullify them. A win can see them through to the Round of 16 if other results favour them.

Serbia form (all comps): W-W-W-L-D

Switzerland form (all comps): W-D-L-W-L

Players to Watch

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic looked in his top-notch form against Cameroon and hopes will be high going into the high-voltage contest. He has been in good form since the start of this season and will be looking to build on the last match’s resurgence.

Breel Embolo

Breel Embolo is the leader of Switzerland’s attack and is the lethal man in the team. He currently plays for AS Monaco in the French league and has scored seven goals from 15 games. His favourite position is left wing but currently plays natural number 9 for Switzerland.

Team News

Serbia’s attack looked in full form in the last match and they are unlikely to make changes in the attacking department. However, some changes might be made in defence.

Murat Yakin is doubtful for this clash after suffering muscle in the last match

Serbia predicted XI (3-4-2-1)

Milinkovic-Savic, Milenkovic, Veljkovic, Pavlovic, Zivkovic, Maksimovic, Lukic, Kostic, Tadic, Milinkovic-Savic, Mitrovic

Switzerland predicted XI (4-2-3-1)

Sommer, Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez, Xhaka, Freuler, Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas, Embolo

Head to Head stats

Both sides have only met once in their history and it took place during the last World Cup. Switzerland came out on the top.

Played – 1

Serbia – 0

Drawn – 0

Switzerland – 1

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