Serbia vs Switzerland

Serbia made a winning start in Group E, but with their final group game against Brazil, they may be under more pressure than opponents Switzerland in Kaliningrad on Friday.

The Eagles edged a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica and could have been more comfortable winners had they taken a number of chances which came their way.

Aleksandar Mitrovic to score at any time – 2.60

Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic may well be in the shop window for a summer move and he did his chances no good with a rusty performance against Los Ticos.

At least twice when one-on-one with keeper Keylor Navas he failed to apply the necessary finish, which came as a surprise as he ended last season with a goal-laden loan spell at Fulham.

He will be out to make amends against the Swiss, although they are never easy to beat, as they showed by holding Brazil to a 1-1 draw in their opening game of the tournament.

Indeed that was only the second goals in conceded in their last seven games by the Swiss, so Mitrovic will have to be right on his game to deliver.

Serbia to defeat Switzerland – 2.60

Should Mitrovic cause the Swiss backline the sort of problems he did to Costa Rica, then Serbia should have just enough to sneak over the line.

Switzerland made life very difficult for the Selecao, but they are an aging team and do not possess the creative flair which is present in the Serb ranks – that is unless Xherdan Shaqiri decides it is going to be his day to shine.

Serbia to win by one goal – 3.70

There are unlikely to be a glut of goals in this game, with neither side among the most potent in terms of attacking options.

However, Serbia are the team with the more obvious technical ability and nous to keep hold of the ball for longer.

This should eventually pay off if they can keep the Swiss moving and perhaps induce one of his trademark reckless challenges from midfielder Granit Xhaka, who even as the market favourite at 3.30 to be shown a yellow card, represents a decent option.

Over 0.5 red cards in the game – 4.70

The World Cup so far has only seen one red card, dished out to Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez is their loss to Japan, so another is somewhat overdue.

This fixture has the potential to be tetchy and that could lead to a busy time for the match officials and an early bath for one of the players in action.