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FIFA World Cup Preview – Day 20

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Posted by Will Hopper
Posted on Tue 3 Jul 2018
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Match 1: Sweden v Switzerland

Both of these nations have the chance to play in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup for the first time in many years. Sweden last made it to the quarter-finals in 1994 and Switzerland haven’t reached the last eight in 64 years.

Sweden topped Group F after winning two of their three group matches. Their only loss came at the hands of Germany who scored a dramatic late winner. Confidence is very high within the Swedish camp, especially after they smashed Mexico 3-0. However, they’ll be without Sebastian Larsson due to suspension.

Switzerland might have finished second in their group but they are yet to taste defeat at this year’s tournament. Draws with tournament favourites Brazil and Costa Rica, alongside a dramatic win against Serbia have given the Swiss their best chance of making it into the last eight for 64 years. However, they have some suspensions of their own. Both captain Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schaer will miss the game.

The winner will take on the winner of the Colombia v England match, and you can see who England could potentially face by tuning into the BBC at 2:30pm.

Match 2: Colombia v England

This is the final match of the Round of 16 and after today we will know all of the quarter-final matchups.

Colombia got off to the worst possible start this World Cup after going down to ten men and losing to Japan. However, back to back wins against Poland and Senegal saw them finish top of Group H. Unfortunately, Colombia’s star man, James Rodriguez, is a huge doubt for this game after suffering an injury.

England won their first two group games but made eight changes to face Belgium and lost 1-0. It seems like it may have worked out for England because they are now on the “easier” side of the draw. Players like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Kyle Walker will return to the starting eleven. England will also take confidence from the fact that they have never lost to Colombia, the last meeting between the two came in 1998 where England won 2-0.

ITV will be building up to kickoff from 6:15pm. Is football coming home?

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