World Cup 2018 Football Predictions Group E – Switzerland
Switzerland have enjoyed a steady presence at recent international tournaments. They have nonetheless failed to set the world alight on each separate occasion, proving far too conservative and somewhat uninventive in the eyes of most football onlookers.
The 2018 World Cup therefore offers this team a chance to redefine their fortunes upon the global stage, but will Vladimir Petkovic’s side manage to produce the goods with the odds up against them this summer?
Will Switzerland qualify from World Cup Group E?
Switzerland may have a tough task on their hands in claiming successful qualification from their opening group-stage fixtures. Whilst they possess both the relevant experience and defensive expertise for such a challenge, several World Cup betting tips fail to hold Switzerland’s chances in much of a positive light.
Costa Rica will enter the tournament in confidence after their recent showing at the 2014 World Cup. Serbia too, will be operating in Russia with an intensified point to prove, whilst Brazil obviously remain the standout favourites of the entire group.
Who will be Switzerland’s star man at the World Cup?
This Swiss have several well-versed professionals to chose from among their first-team squad. Xherdan Shaqiri seemingly arises as the pick of the bunch, but Switzerland can also count upon the likes of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ricardo Rodriguez and Borussia Dortmund’s Roman Burki.
Yet in Schalke 04’s Breel Embolo, Switzerland play host to one of the Bundesliga’s proposed young stars. Whilst the 21-year-old striker is yet to truly hit the ground running in Germany, his previous performances on the international scene certainly warrant due consideration.
Embolo is a tad ungainly in the way he goes about his business. Yet via his rapid pace, emerging power and keen eye for goal, the 21-year-old striker could potentially use the 2018 World Cup as a shrewd stepping stone for further success.
If Embolo is to build upon his growing potential and develop into one of Europe’s brightest young talents however, he must first show his worth among the upcoming World Cup in Russia – barring he doesn’t suffer any more long-term injury problems of course.
What are Switzerland’s Group E fixtures?
Brazil – Although Switzerland are capable of fending for themselves and frustrating most of their attack-minded opposition, the might of Brazil will most probably prove too much for Vladimir Petkovic’s side in their opening Group E fixture. Neymar and co. simply represent too strong a team on paper.
Serbia – This is where the Swiss simply have no option but to shine. Failure to do so could cast their World Cup hopes aside in the race towards those all-important knock-out stages. Whilst Switzerland possess the oft-discussed defensive know-how, Serbia’s proposed attacking intent could ultimately come out on top in this one.
Costa Rica – It’s hard to know what to predict from Costa Rica. Switzerland may have to up their game against their Central American opposition if they are to make any meaningful mark upon the international scene this summer. The job will likely prove difficult in nature, but Switzerland are more than capable of picking up all three points here.
Switzerland’s World Cup Tips and Predictions
Vladimir Petkovic has multiple options at his disposal this summer, but whether or not his team manage to perform in Russia will depend on the consistency of Switzerland’s star players. Although Xherdan Shaqiri is likely to turn a few heads among the upcoming competition, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the middle of the park.
World Cup tips and predictions usually fail to favour sides of a defensive nature, and in this particular instance, it seems as if they have once again looked beyond the Swiss. Although their defensive organisation comes somewhat highly rated this summer, an inability to score goals could see Switzerland’s World Cup dreams end in failure.
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