GROUP E

We’re into the second round of fixtures of Group E and it’s all to play for ahead of the match at Kaliningrad

Serbia can book their place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a win over Group E opponents Switzerland.

Mladen Krstajic’s side secured a crucial 1-0 victory against Costa Rica in their first game and are currently top of the table in a group which also has Brazil in it.

Aleksandar Kolarov’s wonderful free-kick sealed the win for Serbia

Aleksandar Kolarov’s wonderful free-kick sealed the win for Serbia

However, the Swiss will be feeling confident going into the game after battling to a 1-1 draw against tournament favourites Brazil in their opening game.

Team news

Serbia do not have any major injury concerns so could well name the same side that featured in their opening games, while Switzerland are sweating on the fitness of Valon Behrami, the midfielder.

What the players are saying 

Nemanja Matic (Serbia): “We respect Switzerland, but our goal will be to try to threaten them from the first to the last minute of the game, because we have the quality to do that.”

Steven Zuber (Switzerland): “We will find out Serbia’s weak points.”

Predicted line-ups

Serbia: Stojkovic; Ivanovic, Milenkovic, Tosic, Kolarov; Milivojecvic, Matic; Tadic, Milinkovic-Savic, Ljajic; Mitrovic

Switzerland: Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Zakaria, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic

Where can I stream Serbia v Switzerland?

The match will be live on talkSPORT2. We’ll bring you commentary from 4pm.

You can listen live by clicking this link – Serbia v Switzerland.

Key player

Serbia: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic enjoyed a brilliant World Cup debut last week, so it is easy to forget the midfielder, born in Spain, is still a rookie on the international stage. Comparisons have been made between Milinkovic-Savic and past greats, ranging from Zinedine Zidane to Yaya Toure. His 12 Serie A goals in 2017/18 led all midfielders in the division.

Milinkovic-Savic enjoyed a great World Cup debut against Costa Rica

Milinkovic-Savic enjoyed a great World Cup debut against Costa Rica

Switzerland:  Hailed as the brightest star in Swiss football when with Basel, Xherdan Shaqiri remains his country’s most threatening player. Likely to seek a move away from relegated Stoke City this summer, the World Cup is the perfect shop window for the winger to show why he has the likes of Bayern Munich and Inter Milan on his CV. Shaqiri found the net 15 times in 92 games over three years at Stoke, who paid a then-club-record £12m to sign him from Italy. A mercurial player, Shaqiri is no stranger to a wonder strike, and his thunderous overhead kick against Poland at Euro 2016 was voted goal of the tournament.

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