World Cup Knockout Stage England vs Colombia & Switzerland vs Sweden
FIFA World Cup Knockout Stage has proved to be a turn of coats. Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Denmark are out of the world cup. We saw penalties in the first two games. Croatia beat Denmark while Russia beat Spain. We could not see any magic from Messi and Ronaldo. Today we have final two matches of Round of 16 World Cup Knockout Stage. Let’s see Preview and stats of two matches: England vs Colombia and Switzerland vs Sweden
England vs Columbia
When-3rd July 2018 11:30 PM IST
Past Encounters and History-England have faced Columbia 5 times in the World Cup. They have never lost to them
Michael Owen Scored a hat trick against Columbia in the last encounter in 2005. England won 3-2
Colombia have Scored consecutively in their last 8 games
England has won only 2 of their last 8 games.
Win Probability-England 60% Columbia 40%
Team News-No injury Issues for England side.The uncertainty of James Rodrigues in playing 11 for Colombia
All Eyes on-Harry Kane and Radamel Falcao
Columbia Probable XI
David Ospina, Santiago Arias, Davidson Sanchez, Yerry Mina, Johan Mojica, Carlos Sanchez, Mateus Uribe, Juan Cuadrado, Juan Quintero, Luis Muriel, and Radamel Falcao.
England probable XI
Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Raheem Sterling, and Harry Kane.
My opinions-World Cup Knockout Stage has become competitive. So we will see an exciting contest between two sides. Harry Kane is in form of his life. England is playing aggressive football. They thrashed Panama 6-1 in the group stage. So England will again go for the bounty of goals
Colombia on other hand had a tough match with Senegal on the group stage. Lack of James Rodriguez in the squad can affect their attacking gameplay
Switzerland vs Sweden
When-3rd July 2018 7:30 pm IST
Where-Saint Petersburg Stadium
Past Encounters and History-This will be the first meeting between two nations at World Cup
Sweden will play its 50th world cup game.
Last International Friendly game ended in a 1-1 draw between them in 2002.
All Eyes on-Xhaka, Shaqiri and Granqvist
Win Probability-Switzerland 65%, Sweden 35%
Team News-Michael Lang is expected to replace captain Stephan Lichtsteiner in Swiss team. Johan Djourou or Nico Elvedi is expected to replace Fabian Schar
Sweden Probable XI: Olson, Augustinsson, Granqvist, Lindelöf, Lustig, Forsberg, Ekdal, Svensson, Claesson, Toivonen, Berg
Switzerland Probable XI: Sommer, Rodriguez, Akanji, Djourou, Lang, Behrami, Xhaka, Embolo, Dzemali, Shaqiri, Drmic
My Opinions-Xhaka and Shaqiri are playing pivotal roles in their winning campaign. The talking point of worry in Swiss squad is a suspension of players. The absence of Captain Lichtsteiner can prove costly.
Sweden is on winning form. They lost unfortunately to Germany in last minute of Injury time but proved their dominance when they thrashed Mexico with 3-0 score in their last group game. They can change the game at any moment so it will be interesting to see them in action.
I am supporting Switzerland. The game can go into extra time and even to penalties