Switzerland vs Costa Rica: Preview and Betting tips - Russia 2018 World Cup

The Kosovo flag is seen on Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland's boots during warm up prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland
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Switzerland vs Costa Rica
7:00pm June 27th, 2018
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Switzerland did the bulk of the job in their opening two games, and except something sensationally bizarre happens in this game, Switzerland should be preparing for life in the second round.

Switzerland left it late but they were clinical at the end against Serbia, the 2:1 win means they would be through with a point, but with top spot in their sights, that’s if they’re not looking at the situations in group F where they could play Germany depending on what happens there, Costa Rica should be beaten here.

Costa Rica are in this fixture for pride, they laboured hard against Serbia but was beaten by one moment of magic by Aleksander Kolarov and bottled it all at the end against Brazil after holding favourites to a goalless draw for most of the game.

Costa Rica will play this game without pressure, introduce fresh boys, test fresh legs and give opportunity to the untested lads, they have nothing to lose as the result has zero bearing on their campaign, they’re out already.

Look out for Xerdan Shaqiri and Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, the two were instrumental in the gritty win over hardworking Serbia, the tactics would stay the same, soak up pressure from energetic Costa Ricans and hit them on the break with Shaqiri set to be the outlet, Breel Embolo is expected to play parts in this too.

Verdict: Switzerland to win

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