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Switzerland - Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup
Switzerland won their European qualifying group and was a surprise first pot team that has the second best odds to make it out of their group in Brazil. The Swiss are in one of the weaker groups this summer with France, Honduras, and Ecuador.
The Swiss have a great midfield a solid keeper in Diego Benaglio and went unbeaten in qualifying play, but can they progress far in Brazil? They are an underrated squad that does not really scare anybody and that can be to their advantage. However, they lack real star quality and their offense is not a dynamic one. In qualifying Fabian Schaer was the top goal scorer for the team (3 goals) and he is a defender.
Switzerland Odds to win World Cup 2014: +275
Switzerland Odds to win Group E: +10000
How They Advanced:
In impressive fashion. They won the European qualifying Group E with 24 points going unbeaten in the process. Their defense only surrendered more than two goals in one match and that ended up being a 4-4 draw with Iceland.
Ok, the Swiss were great in qualifying, but they were in one of the weaker Euro groups along with Iceland, Norway, Cyprus, Slovenia, and Albania. Still, they did not lose and in their last three qualifying matches they only conceded one goal.
The draw for the Swiss is to their favor and they will beat Ecuador and lose to France. That leaves the easiest match for the last one where they will come out on top facing Honduras. A draw facing Ecuador is not out of the question, but they will still advance because they play so well as a squad and are strong in the midfield.
Getting to the round of 16 will be the furthest the Swiss will go. They will likely play Argentina is the round of 16 and that is simply a match the Swiss will not win.
07/09/12 Slovenia 0 – 2 Switzerland
11/09/12 Switzerland 2 – 0 Albania
12/10/12 Switzerland 1 – 1 Norway
16/10/12 Iceland 0 – 2 Switzerland
23/03/13 Cyprus 0 – 0 Switzerland
08/06/13 Switzerland 1 – 0 Cyprus
06/09/13 Switzerland 4 – 4 Iceland
10/09/13 Norway 0 – 2 Switzerland
11/10/13 Albania 1 – 2 Switzerland
15/10/13 Switzerland 1 – 0 Slovenia
Switzerland Key Players
Gokhan Inler MF Napoli – a resilient MF that can control the match with his play on the pitch.
Xherdan Shaqiri MF Bayern Munich – Young and attacking minded player that can run all day and has a ton of talent.
Diego Benaglio GK Wolfsburg – The Bundesliga keeper will have to lead the defense, especially facing France.
Past World Cup Results:
2010 Did not advance out of group stage with 1 win, 1 draw, and 1 loss
2006 Lost in round of 16 to Ukraine on penalties
2002 Did not qualify
Switzerland World Cup Schedule:
15/06/14 Switzerland vs. Ecuador - Nacional
20/06/14 Switzerland vs. France - Arena Fonte Nova
25/06/14 Honduras vs. Switzerland - Arena Amazonia
Switzerland World Cup Roster