World Cup 2018 - SWITZERLAND I Betting Tips, Odds* and Prognosis

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Due to the make-up of their group, World Cup 2018 betting tips involving Switzerland are extremely intriguing and offer a wide range of placement options. With favorites Brazil and the 2 outsiders Costa Rica and Serbia as their opponents in the preliminary round, we see the Swiss “Nati” as a candidate to move forward, although, in our estimation, there are clearer second-place finishers in the 2018 World Cup in Switzerland. With the help of facts we have gathered from qualifying as well as the roster itself, we will tell you what conclusions can be made from the drawing for Group B and how you can best take advantage of these if you choose to bet on the Swiss performance during the 2018 World Cup.

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  • World Cup tips and prognosis
  • Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Switzerland
  • Roster analysis
  • Qualification and form check
  • Previous final round participations

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What 2018 World Cup betting tips can we recommend with respect to Switzerland?

The odds offered by William Hill for the Swiss to make it into the round-of-16 at the 2018 World Cup are currently 1.83, meaning that the British bookmaker rates this team from the Alps as a relatively sure thing to finish second in their group. However, the draw for the Swiss is more dangerous than it might appear at first sight: In Costa Rica and Serbia, Group B features 2 teams that, if the tournament goes their way, could represent a real threat to the Swiss. The Serbian team has been given odds of 2.00 by Tipico, which means they see the Serbs more likely to finish second in the group than Switzerland. This is why, if you are contemplating a long-term bet based on performance gap (with the exception of Brazil) within this group, we advise caution.

The individual fixtures with the two supposed group longshots could prove to be stumbling blocks for the Swiss in the 2018 World Cup, since the “Nati” often struggle against lower -ranked opponents. This is why, when focusing on the matches which will be played by the Swiss during the 2018 World Cup, we suggest safe betting options such as bets with a double chance of success: For the match-up against Serbia, at Intertops we find a potential bet on 1X quoted at 1.46, and because we assume that the Serbs will presumably want to disrupt the game and wait for counterattack opportunities, we see this as an attractive betting option with respect to the Swiss performance during World Cup 2018. Against group longshot Costa Rica, at 888sports we were able to discover tempting odds of 1.80 on a Swiss victory, though, due to the strong offense of Costa Rica and the not always steady Swiss defense, in this particular fixture, too, we advise betting on the number of goals scored.

Our betting tip is to bet on over 2.5 goals being scored in the match, for which we found attractive odds of 2.20 at mybet. Our estimation, that the Swiss will have a much harder time in Group B at the 2018 World Cup than the names might suggest, is actually shared by Interwetten: There, a bet on the Swiss being eliminated in the group phase receives odds of 1.80, reflecting the fact that this is not an impossible scenario. That said, a focused performance against outsider Costa Rica and tactical skill in the match against co-favorite Serbia will definitely put the round-of-16 within reach of the Swiss at the 2018 World Cup.

Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Switzerland

  • To be eliminated in the round of the last 16
  • In the match against Serbia: Double Chance Bet (Switzerland to win or to draw)
  • To score under 3.5 goals in the group stage

What squad will Switzerland send to the 2018 World Cup?

The Swiss squad for the 2018 World Cup is infused with outstanding performers from various top international leagues at all positions. Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus Turin, Granit Xhaka from Arsenal and Ricardo Rodriguez of AC Milan are all integral components for their respective teams, for whom they are constant performers at the very highest level. That said, the Swiss squad also includes many highly promising athletes from other better-than-average European teams: Players like Xerdan Shaquiri from Stoke City, Hoffenheim’s Steven Zuber and Valon Behrami from Udinese Calcio make their own strong contribution to the team Switzerland will be fielding during the 2018 World Cup.

And with central defender Fabian Schär of Deportiva La Coruna, all of the top European leagues will be represented in this Alpine team.
The finishing touches to the Swiss team will be added by aspiring up-and-coming players, of whom we should give special mention to Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund, Nico Elvedi from Borussia Mönchengladbach and Breel Emobolo from FC Schalke 04. Coach Petkovic also has a tough choice to make at the goalkeeper position: With Yann Sommer from Borussia Mönchengladbach, Roman Bürki from Borussia Dortmund and Marwin Hitz (FC Augsburg), the regular players at this position for their respective clubs in the German Bundesliga are available to him.

Overall, the Swiss will be able to field an exceptionally balanced roster for the 2018 World Cup, with dual options at a number of positions, making them able to compensate for any potential personnel losses during the 2018 World Cup.

How did Switzerland manage to qualify for the 2018 World Cup?

The Swiss produced a strong performance during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Totaling the same number of points as group winner Portugal, they were forced into the relegation phase only due to a poorer goal differential. With a victory over the reigning European champion from the Iberian Peninsula, the Swiss laid the foundation stone in their first group match for a successful qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup, only having to suffer one defeat in 9 matches, that being in the return leg against Portugal. Prior to the last round of matches, Switzerland stood in first place in the group and had every right to hope they would qualify for participation automatically. However, in the final match against Portugal, they dropped to the play-off ranks. There, they managed to prevail with an aggregate score of 1:0 in two tight matches against Northern Ireland, and in this way secured their participation in the 2018 World Cup.

During qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, the team under trainer Vladimir Petkovic brought a hard-nosed blend of defensive stability and efficient combination football to the pitch, and the “Nati” were able to convince with an excellent balance between the different components of the team. However, having allowed 7 goals, the Swiss national team appears to be somewhat suspect defensively: Aside from the 2 group matches against Hungary, in which the ball struck the back of their own net a total of 4 times, primary goalie Yann Sommer was also compelled to reach behind his legs in the matches against Portugal (2 goals against) and football dwarf Andorra (1 goal). That said, against outsiders Faroe Islands and Latvia the Swiss were able to maintain a clean sheet, not recording a single goal-against in the 4 encounters. From this analysis of the goal differential, we can conclude that the team led by captain and Juve star Stephan Lichtsteiner is always susceptible to conceding one or more goals against teams on an equal footing with them, which is why we recommend making corresponding World Cup bets for any matches which involve Switzerland.

From a tactical perspective, the Swiss have perfected their preferred 4-2-3-1 basic formation and have the right players to adapt this system flexibly to their various opponents. In this way, coach Petkovic is able to put a Swiss team on the field that will be hard to predict during the 2018 World Cup. During preparations for the 2018 World Cup, Switzerland will go up against teams that include World Cup favorites Spain, a match that promises to be a first true test of how well this team can perform at the very highest level.

How well did the Swiss national team perform in previous World Cups?

At the 2018 World Cup, the Swiss “Nati” are actually going to be participating in the World Cup finals for the third time in succession. The last time around, in Brazil in 2014, this team from the Alps was able to make it into the round-of-16, where they barely succumbed to subsequent finalists Argentina, 1:0 in extra time. Historically, the Swiss soccer federation has competed in the finals 10 times, proudly able to look back on a respectable record. The Swiss’s greatest successes were 3 appearances in the quarterfinals, whilst also worthy of mention is the silver medal which they managed to bring home from the 1924 Olympic Games. It remains to be seen, of course, how far the Swiss national squad manages to make it in their 11th World Cup appearance at this year’s 2018 World Cup.

*All odds: status 22.02.2018

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