Switzerland qualified top of their group without losing a game for the 2014 World Cup which sounds impressive. However, it was one of the weakest qualifying groups with the likes of Iceland and Slovenia finishing second and third. The Swiss qualification was built on a strong defence and narrow victories, as they only scored 17 goals in 10 games.
With the exception of Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri, the Swiss team has few stand out names in it’s squad. They do however have a very experienced manager in Ottmar Hitzfeld, who has won the Bundesliga with both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. The strength of the Swiss squad is clearly the players ability to play well together as a team rather than individual talent. One major concern about Switzerland has to be their lack of goal scorer at International level, with Tranquillo Barnetta the top International scorer with a mere 10 goals.
Switzerland World Cup odds
Switzerland have a good chance of qualifying from Group E, and are odds-on to do so. They are drawn alognside France, Ecuador and Honduras in one of the weakest groups. For those who fancy France to flop again at this World Cup, Switzerland can be backed at odds of 3.75 to win the group.
One of the stand out bets in this group is Switzerland to win their opening fixture against Ecuador at odds of 13/10. For those looking for longer odds, you should consider correct score betting on Switzerland matches, with one-nil victories making plenty of appeal given that Switzerland kept seven clean sheets in ten qualifying games.
Switzerland World Cup betting tips
Switzerland have virtually no chance of winning the World Cup according to the bookies, who quote them at 150/1. More realistic bets for Switzerland include them to qualify from Group E and to win their opening fixture. You should also look out for handicap odds in their fixture against France, where they have a good chance of springing a surprise result.
Given the low scoring nature of Switzerland games, the special market offered by Bwin on their being under 14.5 goals in this group makes plenty of appeal at odds of 19/20.