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Switzerland - World Cup 2018

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Boasting an impressive roster and a respectable footballing history, Switzerland finds itself in a tough position in its group in Russia 2018.

The good news is they are a very versatile team whose top players can be switched out of different positions as they are needed to best suit their competition.

They may not have much of a chance to claim first in their group, but if they play their cards right they are almost guaranteed to nab the second spot in Group E.

Switzerland’s World Cup History

The farthest the Swiss have ever advanced in the World Cup are the quarterfinals, which they have done thrice, in 1934, 1938, and 1954, when they hosted the Cup. Their youth teams have fared better in international competition as of late, winning the 2002 UEFA under 17 competition and the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

In 1994 Switzerland made it back to the World Cup after a 28-year absence and managed to advance out of the group round before losing 3-0 to Spain in the round of 16.

In 2006 they made it back to the round of 16 and did not concede a single goal during regular match time in any of their games. They bowed to Ukraine 3-0 in penalty shots in the knockout stage. Switzerland has qualified for each World Cup since then bowing out in the group stage in 2010 and losing to Argentina in the round of 16 in 2014.

Switzerland’s Road To The 2018 World Cup

To qualify for Russia 2018, the Swiss placed second in their group behind Portugal, whom they lost to only based on goal differential.

That forced them to play a two-leg playoff with Northern Ireland in the second round, where they won 1-0 (1-0, 0-0). Haris Seferovic lead the team in scoring during qualifying with 4 goals, followed by Stephan Lichtsteiner who had 3.

How Does Switzerland’s World Cup 2018 Squad Stack Up?

Again, the versatility of the Swiss players is what is going to make the difference between them winning and losing in this tournament.

Fullbacks Lichtsteiner and Ricardo Rodriguez also double as wing-backs. This allows their Manager Vladimir Petkovic either three or four men in the backfield.

Up front, Breel Embolo, Josip Drmic, and Xherdan Shaqiri all possess lightning speed, which allows them extra options on the attack. The midfield is their biggest question, as they lack big-name personnel there. Seferovic will be counted on to play big minutes in that position, but as his scoring totals evidenced in qualifying, he can handle it.

Switzerland Odds To Win World Cup 2018

Overall, Switzerland is 66-1 odds to win the Cup at Russia 2018; but, while they are a safe bet to get out of their group they will almost certainly be playing Germany in the round of 16 which will be a very difficult match to win.

However, this same team did take finalist Argentina into extra minutes in 2014 and were minutes away from forcing a shootout before Angel Di Maria scored in the final minutes of overtime. Anything can happen, but don't bet on this team making it any further than the round of 16 unless they pull some major surprises.

Switzerland World Cup 2018

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