Switzerland – World Cup 2014 – Betting
Manager: Ottmar Hitzfeld
Captain: Gokhan Inler
World Cup appearances: 9
Best World Cup: Quarter-Finals; 1934, 1938 & 1954
FIFA World Ranking: 6
Switzerland Team Profile
The Swiss aren’t a country you would automatically associate with strong World Cup’s but they have gone as far as the Quarter-Finals back in their heyday, although their heyday was a good half-a-century ago. They qualified for the finals on eight previous occasions, with South Africa being their eighth, but their previous best display came way back in 1954 when they reached the Quarter-Finals… again. However, they have since rarely made the finals itself, qualifying just four times since the 60’s, failing to make the cut on eight occasions.
Switzerland did, however, get as far as the last sixteen in Germany, 2006 before losing on a penalty shoot-out, with the Swiss not managing one goal in the shootout, losing 3-0 to Ukraine in what was one of the poorest penalty shoot-outs I think I’ve ever seen. They flopped completely at the Euro’s in 2008, exiting after just two group games despite being the hosts. They did, however, gain a consolation victory in the form of a shock 2-0 win over Portugal, of whom had already qualified for the latter stage of the tournament.
The Swiss then opened with a 1-0 win over Spain in their 2010 World Cup group, but couldn’t follow up that success, losing against Chile and drawing against Honduras to get eliminated. But now the Swiss side looks to be entering a whole new area of positivity and they are one of the trending teams from Europe at the moment, as there is a lot going for them. They were drawn against France, Ecuador and Honduras for Brazil 2014.
Switzerland Key Players
While it may not appear at first glance, there is a lot of quality lingering around the current Switzerland side. They have one of the best keepers around in Diego Benaglio. He brings a lot of stability and organisation to the defensive ranks. There is also great experience with Philippe Senderos and captain Gokhan Inler. Inler, who plays for Napoli is a fantastic player and a real driving force at the heart of the Swiss midfield alongside Tranquillo Barnetta. They’ll impress in the tournament.
Along with the more experienced players in the current Switzerland squad, they have also started turning towards the promising youth of their country. Bayern Munich’s youngster Xherdan Shaqiri could be a real young star of the whole show and now only does he have tremendous creativity, he has a great eye for goal as well.
Strengths / Weakness
No longer are the Swiss a dull side to watch. You should see a much different side to the one that just defended their way through the 2010 group stage. The big asset that they have is that they have a lot of youth in their side, highlighted by their all four of their strikers called up recently being under 25 years old. If they continue at this rate of development in another four years they could be where Belgium are right now. This time around they will bring some great attacking football with them. The weakness to all of that of course will be their lack of experience around the squad.
Switzerland Qualification for the World Cup
Goals Scored: 17
Goals Conceded: 6
Switzerland came through competently through their group, holding off Iceland, Slovenia and Norway. Switzerland went unbeaten in the group and only conceded six goals along the way. It was an impressive run from and they should take a lot of positives into Brazil 2014 with them. They look a pretty good side.
World Cup Potential: 3/5
They have good quality players in their squad now, some highly talented youngsters who could impress. Their defence looks pretty organised and if they get the ball down and play the way they can, then they should easily be able to get out of their group. Could be a nice dark horse shot to be at the quarter final stage. They are no longer the dull side that they have been labelled as so long. They’re still a long way short of being potential cup winners, but should be entertaining.
Switzerland World Cup Betting Odds
Switzerland to win the World Cup: 100/1 BetFred
Before the World Cup the odds on Switzerland were 100/1
Switzerland World Cup 2014 Fixtures – Group E
|Su 15th June||17.00||Switzerland v Ecuador||2:1|
|Su 15th June||20.00||France v Honduras||3:0|
|Fr 20th June||20.00||Switzerland v France||2:5|
|Fr 20th June||23.00||Honduras v Ecuador||1:2|
|We 25th June||21.00||Honduras v Switzerland||0:3|
|We 25th June||21.00||Ecuador v France||0:0|
World Cup 2014 Group E Table