Switzerland v Ecuador: Both teams to bother scorers in Brasilia
On paper Group E is one of the most open at the World Cup finals and to kick things off there is a game which epitomises that theory between Switzerland and Ecuador, two of three teams alongside France who will fancy their chances of qualifying.
Switzerland may have qualified as one of the eight seeds for these finals, but no one other than perhaps Sepp Blatter will be backing the 100/1 shots for glory.
Still, the Swiss have a string of talented players such as Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shiqiri and are fancied at 11/8 to beat Ecuador (11/5), with the other result a 21/10 shot.
Below we offer three more research-supported bets to help you turn a profit from the match.
While these odds are not likely to land the average punter a new yacht, there is plenty of evidence to suggest they could generate a profit. Including their recent friendly draw with England the Ecuadorians have seen goals at both ends in five straight games and in seven of their last nine. The Swiss last failed to score 10 games ago.
To extend this theory a little further, backing this outcome as part of a Swiss triumph looks the ace in the pack here. The Europeans finished an impressive qualifying campaign with three straight victories, while winning both their preceding friendlies also. Meanwhile, the South Americans have recorded a single victory in seven.
The Nurnburg striker is hot property after a prolific season in the Bundesliga where he banged in 17 goals, leading to interest from Arsenal. The sharp-shooting 21-year-old has carried that form into the recent internationals, bagging three in as many games including the opener against Croatia in March.
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