2018 World Cup Preview – Switzerland

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The Swiss had to qualify the hard way for their fourth straight World Cup but will be looking to make it out of the group stage for the third time in the last four tournaments.

Switzerland World Cup Betting Markets

Stage of Elimination

  • Group Stage @ $1.73
  • Round of 16 @ $2.88
  • Quarter Final @ $5.50
  • Semi Final @ $13.00
  • Runners Up @ $41.00
  • Winners @ $101.00

Draw

Group:

Switzerland have been drawn in Group E alongside Brazil, Serbia & Costa Rica

Opponents:

Record vs Brazil – W: 2, D: 3, L: 3

Last Meeting – 14 August 2013: Switzerland def Brazil 1-0

Record vs Serbia – Never Played

Record vs Costa Rica – W: 1, D: 0, L: 1

Last Meeting – 1 June 2010: Switzerland lost to Costa Rica 0-1

Schedule:

Monday 18th June – 4:00am – Switzerland vs Brazil

Saturday 23rd June – 4:00am – Switzerland vs Serbia

Thursday 28th June – 4:00am – Switzerland vs Costa Rica

Group Ranking:

Switzerland will likely be competing with Serbia for that second spot which makes their second game of the tournament critical if one of them is going to progress.

Despite being forced to go through the playoffs in November, this Swiss side has plenty of quality to it and is more than capable of getting through.

Back Switzerland to Win Group E @ $7.50

World Cup History

Number of Appearances

10 – 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1994, 2006, 2010, 2014

Best Performance

Quarter Finals – 1934, 1938, 1954

Match Record & Goals Tally

Played: 33, Won: 11, Drawn: 6, Lost: 16

Scored: 45, Conceded 59

2018 Qualifying Campaign

Made the World Cup by…

Switzerland finished second in UEFA Qualifying Group B and won the playoff against Northern Ireland to qualify for Russia.

Qualifying Record & Goals Tally

Played: 12, Won: 10, Drawn: 1, Lost: 1

Scored: 24, Conceded: 7

Story to Watch

Luck is a funny thing in football and after a rotten spell missing out on the Euro quarter finals by a goal, Switzerland were drawn with Portugal for qualification.

Forced to go through the playoffs their luck turned with a fortunate handball decision helping get them past Northern Ireland and now, with arguably a better squad than two years ago, can they make their own luck this time?

Switzerland 2018 World Cup Squad

GOALKEEPERS

Roman Buerki, Yvon Mvogo, Yann Sommer

DEFENDERS

Manuel Akanji, Johan Djourou, Nico Elvedi, Michael Lang, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Jacques-Francois Moubandje, Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schaer

MIDFIELDERS

Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili, Gelson Fernandes, Remo Freuler, Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Steven Zuber, Denis Zakaria

FORWARDS

Josip Drmic, Breel Embolo, Mario Gavranovic, Haris Seferovic

Strengths

Switzerland have an abundance of midfield talent and that group will need to perform in all three group games.

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Udinese’s Valon Behrami will need to screen the defenders effectively and will have to track the likes of Paulinho when they face Brazil, a big task that Vladmir Petkovic will be hoping they are up for.

Weakness

Generally speaking your striker should be your best attacking option however the options do not exactly inspire confidence.

Instead they may very well have to rely on the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka producing a couple of long range goals to have any sort of real attacking threat.

Notable Absentees

West Ham’s Edimilson Fernandes was left out of the squad and will feel the hardest done by out of all the omissions.

Key Player

Xherdan Shaqiri

Despite his club suffering a miserable season as they were relegated from the Premier League, Shaqiri could still have been happy with how he performed.

As Switzerland’s best attacking weapon, he will need to be on the ball a lot to ensure that they are making the most of their attacking opportunities.

Final Prediction

Switzerland’s first priority will be to survive Brazil without wrecking their goal difference before attempting to summon the winning spirit of their country’s greatest sportsman, Roger Federer against Serbia and Costa Rica.

With everyone but Brazil offering limited attacking options finding an extra goal or two could be critical but it is hard to see Switzerland being able to generate enough chances without relying on a couple of screamers and a group stage exit seems likely.

PREDICTION: GROUP STAGE

Best Bet: Back Switzerland not to Qualify from Group E @ $1.73