down cross right results icon premium content video video hollow icon audio lifeNews icon-comment tick starFilled betSlip hot icon-liveCommentary refresh spinner arrow-down
coral logo ladbrokes logo betway logo williamHill logo bet365 logo paddypower logo betfair logo tote logo 888sport logo
TODAY'S OFFERS
TODAY'S BOOKMAKER OFFERS
Exclusive to new customers:
  • View offer
    Bet £10 get £30 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    18+. Play safe. New customers using Promo code H30 only, Min £10 stake, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15, free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.
  • View offer
    £20 welcome offer
    Claim this offer
    UK & ROI customers only. 18+. Place your first bet on sports pools and if it loses we'll refund your stake in cash. Max refund is £20. Only Qualifying Bets placed between 00:00 26/07/2021 and 23:59 01/08/2021 are eligible for this promotion. Qualifying bet is the first sports pool bet added to the betslip. Ten to Follow bets do not qualify. Totewin will be the qualifying bet when a Totewin and a Toteplace bet are struck at the same time. Full T&Cs apply. BeGambleaware.org
  • View offer
    Bet £5 get £20 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    18+ New UK+Ire customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. This sports promotion cannot be used in conjunction with another Ladbrokes.com sports or gaming promotion. Free bets valid for 7 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply.
  • View offer
    Place ANY sports bet and get £30 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    First single & e/w bet only. 5p minimum stake. 3 x £10 bet token. Free bet stakes not included in returns. Free bets exclude virtuals. Free bets are non withdrawable. No free bet expiry. Eligibility restrictions. Further t&cs apply. 18+
  • View offer
    Bet £10, Get £30 Free Bets + £10 Casino Bonus
    Claim this offer
    New customers only ? Min deposit £10 ? A qualifying bet is a 'real money' stake of at least £10 ? Min odds 1/2 (1.5) ? Free Bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expires after 7 days ? £30 free bets + £10 casino bonus ? Free Bet stakes not included in returns ? Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time ? Withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply
  • View offer
    Get up to £100 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    New customer offer. Place 5 x £10 or more bets to receive £20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum £100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. Payment restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    £20 risk free first bet
    Claim this offer
    New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using Cards or Apple Pay will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. Paddy's Rewards Club: Get a £10 free bet when you place 5x bets of £10+. 18+ T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    Bet £5 get £20 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    18+ Eligible UK+IRE players. Paypal & some deposit & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. This sports promotion cannot be used in conjunction with another Coral.co.uk sports or gaming promotion. No cash-out, restrictions & T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    Up to £100 in Bet Credits
    Claim this offer
    Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    Up to £50 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    Place a single £10 Sportsbook bet and get money back as a free bet if it loses. There are x5 Free Bets available. Max refund per qualifying bet is £10. Only deposits made via Credit/Debit Card will be eligible for the promotion. Paddy's Rewards Club: Get a £10 free bet when you place 5x bets of £10+. 18+ T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    Bet £5 get £20 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    18+ New UK+Ire customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. This sports promotion cannot be used in conjunction with another Ladbrokes.com sports or gaming promotion. Free bets valid for 7 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply.
  • View offer
    Up to £100 in Bet Credits
    Claim this offer
    Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    Place ANY sports bet and get £30 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    First single & e/w bet only. 5p minimum stake. 3 x £10 bet token. Free bet stakes not included in returns. Free bets exclude virtuals. Free bets are non withdrawable. No free bet expiry. Eligibility restrictions. Further t&cs apply. 18+
  • View offer
    Bet £10 get £30 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    18+. Play safe. New customers using Promo code H30 only, Min £10 stake, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15, free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.
  • View offer
    Bet £5 get £20 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    18+ Eligible UK+IRE players. Paypal & some deposit & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. This sports promotion cannot be used in conjunction with another Coral.co.uk sports or gaming promotion. No cash-out, restrictions & T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    Up to £50 in sports free bets
    Claim this offer
    Place a single £/?10 Sportsbook bet and get money back as a free bet if it loses. There are x5 Free Bets available. Max refund per qualifying bet is £/?10. Only deposits made via Credit/Debit Card will be eligible for the promotion. T&Cs apply.

Sweden just hold edge in tight clash with Switzerland

Swiss hit by absences in defence

Andreas Granqvist of Sweden scores his team's second goal from the penalty spot against Mexico
1 of 1

Round of 16
BBC1, 3pm Tuesday

Both all-European 2018 World Cup knockout ties on Sunday went to penalties and it would not be a huge surprise if Sweden and Switzerland go the distance in their last-16 tie in Saint Petersburg.

There is not much between the teams and in a game where the goal expectancy is low the draw looks a big runner, but it may be slightly unfair to see Sweden as underdogs.

Sweden rarely do anything flashy and their direct, defensive 4-4-2 formation is all about hard work and team ethic in the post-Zlatan Ibrahimovic era.

However, at some stage the Scandinavians deserve credit for the results they have achieved, even as far back as Euro 2016 when they lost 1-0 to Italy in the 88th minute and by the same score in the 84th minute against Belgium to narrowly go home at the group stage.

Sweden beat France in World Cup qualifying and finished  ahead of Holland before eliminating Italy 1-0 in the playoffs to reach Russia. Now they have topped a group which included Germany and lost to the dethroned world champions only ta superb injury-time free kick from Toni Kroos.

Sweden won their other two group matches to nil against South Korea and Mexico.

There is a certain amount of luck involved given how deep they defend but Janne Andersson's side are beginning to become a bigger threat from set-pieces and counter-attacks, at least more so than their playoff triumph against Italy which was dubbed the Miracle in Milan.

Viktor Claesson and Emil Forsberg provide the quality out wide and the two strikers - Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen - are awkward customers who could test a weakened Swiss defence.


Match reports

Sweden 1 South Korea 0

Germany 2 Sweden 1

Sweden 3 Mexico 3


Sweden's Seb Larsson is suspended but Switzerland are worse off in that department with captain Stephan Lichtsteiner joining Fabian Schar on the sidelines.

It will be interesting to see how the Swiss cope missing two important defensive players for a game of this magnitude as they search for their first clean sheet of the tournament.

Switzerland recovered excellently to take a point off Brazil in their World Cup opener and it was a similar story against Serbia, who dominated the first half but were undone by a spirited second-half show from Vladimir Petkovic's side.


Match reports 

Brazil 1 Switzerland 1

Serbia 1 Switzerland 2

Switzerland 2 Costa Rica 2


The goals came from Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri in a tension-fuelled encounter - both scorers, who are ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, celebrated with the double-headed eagle flag of Albania, which could have led to them being banned for two World Cup matches.

Petkovic will be delighted his main men are available, particularly as Shaqiri is the man most likely to decide the tie for Switzerland.

He is a better goalscoring bet than any of the forwards - Breel Embolo, Haris Seferovic, Mario Gavranovic and Josip Drmic, all of whom have their weaknesses - and their only goal from the attackers came via Drmic in the 2-2 draw with Costa Rica last time out. 

Recommendation
Sweden draw no bet
1pt 15-14 188Bet

Get exclusive free bet offers for the World Cup


If you are concerned about your gambling and are worried you may have a problem, click here to find advice on how you can receive help


The lowdown

Sweden
Team news
Seb Larsson is suspended and likely to be replaced by Gustav Svensson.

Strengths
Team unity is everything and the squad has been bonded further after being shamefully taunted by the German bench following their defeat and the racist abuse on social media aimed at Jimmy Durmaz.

Weaknesses
Lack a star player to create a moment of individual brilliance. Sweden have been behind only for a few seconds in the tournament and may struggle if they are forced to chase the match.

Key man
Centre-back Andreas Granqvist has become a favourite of goalscorer punters after scoring twice already from the spot. He is as big as 16-1 to open the scoring with some bookmakers. 

Switzerland
Team news
Right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and centre-back Fabian Schar are suspended and are set to be replaced by Michael Lang and Johan Djourou.

Strengths
There is some real quality in the midfield area combined with experience. Xherdan Shaqiri can provide moments of magic and Yann Sommer is a reliable goalkeeper.

Weaknesses
It's a blow to be missing two members of the back four, while the striking position is a major concern. Vladimir Petkovic has four options to choose from but none of the quartet is convincing.

Key man
Shaqiri is being strongly linked with a move to Liverpool and seems to be revelling in the prospect of putting himself in the shop window as he prepares to leave relegated Stoke.

Key stat
Both teams have scored in just two of Sweden's last 11 matches.

Weather
Mainly sunny with some cloud cover. 20C.


Read Racing Post Sport and racingpost.com/sport every day for the best World Cup betting coverage


Today's top sports betting stories

Sign up to emails from Racing Post Sport and get all the latest news and tips for the World Cup

Follow us on Twitter @racingpostsport

Like us on Facebook RacingPostSport

Sweden beat France in World Cup qualifying and finished ahead of Holland before eliminating Italy 1-0 in the playoffs to reach Russia
Bookmaker
Price
E.W. Terms
Sporting
BetVictor
Boylesport
888sport