EME Outlook - - Sport -

BRAZIL SWITZER­LAND Not renowned for flam­boy­ance, Switzer­land’s so­lid­ity is hard to un­der­es­ti­mate and an open­ing fix­ture against the Brazil­ians may well set the tone. A strong show­ing and even a hard-fought point will prob­a­bly see them progress to the Round of 16. A con­vinc­ing loss will leave them vul­ner­a­ble to the tricky Ser­bians and Costa Ri­cans. PRE­DIC­TION: Round of 16

COSTA RICA SER­BIA Much like Switzer­land, Ser­bia’s prospects will de­pend on how they ne­go­ti­ate their open­ing game. A con­fi­dence-boost­ing win against Costa Rica will re­move a lot of pres­sure from their sec­ond match against the Swiss, but any­thing less than that will prob­a­bly end their tour­na­ment be­fore it’s be­gun. PRE­DIC­TION: Group Stages

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