The final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup group stages are set for Friday in Qatar, with several teams still fighting for their ticket to the Round of 16.
In a hotly contested Group G, heavyweight Brazil has already punched its ticket to the next round with six points through two matches. Who will join Brazil remains to be seen, with Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon all having a chance to advance. Here we look at odds, props, and a prediction for Serbia vs. Switzerland.
Either team can secure a spot in the Round of 16 with a win, but who advances in a draw depends on the result of Brazil vs. Cameroon.
Serbia vs. Switzerland Moneyline
Here are odds from top US sportsbooks on this Group G clash. Multiple books price Serbia as the +160 favorite, while the best price we’re seeing for Switzerland is +180, and for the draw +230. Remember, when betting a three-way moneyline in soccer, a bet on either team is a loss in the event of a draw.
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Like most matchups in the Group Stage, the Serbia vs. Switzerland total is set at 2.5. The game is favored to go Under with the Over at plus-money. For Under 2.5 bettors, FanDuel offers the least expensive juice at -128, while BetRivers offers +114 on the Over.
Serbia vs. Switzerland: World Cup History
Although Serbia and Switzerland have met only once before in the World Cup, you can’t undersell the tense World Cup history between the two European countries. They met in the group stage in 2018, where Switzerland secured a 2-1 victory.
After scoring their respective goals, Swiss captain Granit Xhaka and teammate Xherdan Shaqiri made a double-headed eagle with wings fanned. Considered an Albanian nationalist symbol, they called out Serbia’s failure to recognize Kosovo’s independence. FIFA fined both players.
With some tense Serbia vs. Switzerland World Cup history, there’s bound to be a lot of passion on display Friday.
Serbia Roster and Injuries
Serbia has failed to pick up a win through two matches in the group stage, but they still have life to advance into the Round of 16. In order to advance, they’ll need to secure the full three points in a win over the Swiss and hope Brazil – a heavy favorite – defeats or draws Cameroon.
- Serbia 3 – 3 Cameroon
- Serbia 0 – 2 Brazil
Serbia’s roster is highlighted by midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savić, who was one of three players to score a goal in the draw against Cameroon.
On the backend, Serbia will need better play from goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic. The 25-year-old, who plays club ball with Torino FC, has allowed five goals in two matches.
Serbia enters this much-anticipated matchup in relatively good form, with few major injury concerns.
Swiss Roster and Injuries
Through the first two games of the opening round, Switzerland has picked up both a win and a loss. With three points already tallied, they have their eyes set on advancing to the next round.
- Switzerland 0 – 1 Brazil
- Switzerland 1 – 0 Cameroon
Switzerland has scored only once during the group stage. Put in by Breel Embolo, the Swiss hope the 25-year-old striker can find the back of the net again Friday. Currently playing at Monaco, Embolo had logged 25 goals in three seasons with Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Goalkeeper Yann Sommer is pivotal to Switzerland’s World Cup campaign this year. He was key in securing a draw against France in the 2020 Euros and saved a penalty against Italy in the World Cup qualifiers to help Switzerland win their group. They’ll need more magic from the 33-year-old going forward.
Manuel Akanji mans the center-back position for the Swiss defense. The experienced defender is crucial to the Swiss efforts to limit opposition attacks.
The Swiss are hoping Xherdan Shaqiri returns to the lineup after the veteran winger sat out against Brazil with a muscle injury.
Serbia vs. Switzerland Prediction: Over 2.5 Total Goals
Both teams enter this crucial matchup on pretty balanced footing. With the winning team advancing to the next round, they’ll both be playing for the full three points. Neither will be content with a draw and the mathematical gymnastics of tie-breaker rules.
The Over cashed the last time these countries met in the World Cup, and we like it to hit again this time around in our Serbia vs. Switzerland prediction. Coupled with concerns for Serbia in the net and on the backend, the over makes for a good plus-money bet.
Serbia vs. Switzerland Props
There are several props being offered by sportsbooks for the Serbia vs. Switzerland World Cup match. A couple popular props offered by FanDuel are listed below.
Both Teams to Score: Yes -120
Anytime Goal Scorer
- Aleksandar Mitrovic +170
- Dusan Vlahovic +230
- Haris Seferovic +250
- Breel Embolo +260
- Luka Jovic +310
- Noah Okafor +310
- Serbia Win 1-0 +750
- Switzerland Win 1-0 +850
- Serbia Win 2-1 +900
- Switzerland Win 2-1 +950
- Draw 2-2 +1300
- Draw 3-3 +6000
Switzerland vs. Serbia: When and Where to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022
- Start Time: 2 p.m. ET at Stadium 974
- How to Watch: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports App, Sling TV, fubo TV, Peacock, Telemundo