Odds Switzerland Will Win World Cup 2014

If only the Swiss could create some offense, they would be a force to be reckoned with at the World Cup. In 2006, Switzerland earned the dubious distinction of being the only squad ever to be eliminated from the World Cup without surrendering a goal, losing on penalties to Ukraine in the Round of 16. In 2010, they only allowed one goal against, but also only scored one. However, after scoring at least twice in five of their last six matches, the Swiss may be poised for a World Cup breakthrough.

Switzerland Odds to Win World Cup 2014: 100/1 (from Bovada)
Switzerland Odds to Win Group B: +250 (from Bovada)

Switzerland will go to Brazil 2014 ranked No. 8 in the world, but with odds of +250 to win Group E, they are not the favorite. That distinction belongs to France, whom the Swiss also faced in the Group Stage of the 2006 World Cup. However, being underrated may work to their advantage. While they are not one of Europe’s football powerhouses, they have produced notable victories in the last couple years, including wins over Brazil and Germany.

Early World Cup Pick

For Switzerland, the key to a deep run at Brazil 2014 will be their Group Stage match against France, with the winner likely finishing in first place in Group E and avoiding a likely Group of 16 match against Argentina, whose 9/2 odds of winning the tournament trail only host Brazil’s. Honduras and Ecuador, whom the Swiss open the tourney against on June 15, represent unknowns for the squad. Switzerland has never faced Ecuador, and has played Honduras only once, a scoreless draw at the 2010 World Cup. The Swiss will likely face a hostile crowd in both matches, but both are beatable if Switzerland can produce some goals.

Switzerland Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup

The Swiss dominated European qualifying Group E, amassing 24 points while going unbeaten. However, the group was one of the weakest in Europe, featuring Iceland, Norway, Cyprus and Albania.

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 World Cup Group Play 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 Key Players

Gokhan Inler MF Napoli – Considered one of the game’s best midfielder’s, Inler can control the tempo of a match.

Xherdan Shaqiri MF Bayern Munich – The attacking midfielder will be counted on to star for a youthful Swiss squad.

Diego Benaglio GK Wolfsburg – The Bundesliga keeper is the key to the Swiss defense machine. Must play stellar for Switzerland to advance.