Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(7) 4 Goals 3 (3)
(6) 6 Assists 2 (2)
(6.8) 6.9 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.6)
26.3 Average Age 28.5
182.7 Average Height (cm) 179.5
(1.6) 1.8 Shots pg 1.1 (1.2)
(54%) 57% Aerial Duel Success 45% (43%)
(0.7) 0.7 Dribbles pg 1.1 (1)
(1.9) 1.8 Tackles pg 1.6 (1.6)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in World Cup grp. E.

Team News

  • New Aston Villa signing Philippe Senderos is expected to start on the bench, with former Arsenal teammate Johan Djourou set to partner Fabian Schär at centre-back.
  • Much of the focus will be on highly-rated left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, who could earn big money move should he impress in Brazil.
  • Josip Drmic is likely to lead the Swiss attack, with Admir Mehmedi in support.
  • Ecuador showed their potential with an impressive performance in their recent 2-2 draw with England in Miami.
  • Antonio Valencia was red-carded in the stalemate, but will be available for their Group E opener with the Swiss.
  • Enner Valencia headed in the opener in the draw and should start in attack alongside Felipe Caicedo.

Prediction

  • Switzerland breezed through their qualifying group to make the World Cup, taking 24 points from a possible 30 and their young, exciting squad should attract interest from neutrals this summer.
  • The Swiss conceded just 6 goals in qualifying, so they are a tough team to break down. They'll be confident of continuing these resolute defensive performances in Brazil, but will be put to the test against Ecuador in their Group E opener.
  • Ecuador scraped into the competition without the need for a playoff due to their better goal difference than Uruguay and their recent display against England recently will have boosted morale in the squad.
  • However, away from the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, the South American outfit struggled, though they could fair better in the humid conditions in Brazil than their European counterparts.
  • Both teams are fairly evenly matched, but Switzerland's quality could seen them scrape a win.
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Comments (30)

 
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  • Rodriguez AAT!! Also a big reason for A. Valencia being quiet, both defensively and Valencia having to track back a lot. Ecuador pretty average, good pressing as a unit stopped the Swiss for the most part. Deserved win.

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  • BTW, why isn't Rodriguez linked with anyone this transfer window?

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  • @Ivannnnn He's linked with everyone! Maybe that's why.

  • @Ivannnnn I don't know. He had 8.02 average in Bundesliga with 9 MOTM's on here and only 21 years old.

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  • Liverpool should sign Shaqiri and Rodriguez.

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  • Very Fun World Cup Stat: 5 out of the 9 teams that scored first, lost the game so far.

  • Nice prediction, WhoScored.

  • Swiss has never scored a goal in substitute in The World Cup before, and today they scored both goals on substitute . HAHAHA

  • This last goal, Rodriguez nothing to say about you! This is incredible

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  • Rodriguez is incredible.

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  • Ricardo Rodriguez is amazing, I'm sure we will see him in a big team soon.

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  • Switzerland NT is basically former Yugoslavia with few Albanian guys.

  • Behrami will play CDM next to Inler, Steve von Bergen as CB instead of Schär and Xhaka will most likely play CAM with Mehmedi to start on the bench

  • I think Ecuador win this.

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  • why behrami or dzemailli not start??

  • Switzerland has actually lost three times in their last 11 World Cup matches, not counting a penalty kick defeat to the Ukraine in 2006 after a scoreless 120 minutes. Those losses were: 0-1 Chile (2006 Group H), 0-3 Spain (1994 R16), 0-2 Colombia (1994 Group A). The Swiss have won four and drawn four during those eleven matches.

  • @leftweet I think they just mean from the last World Cup to FIFA World Cup Qualifying to this World Cup

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  • Draw - Ottmar Hitzfeld is an old "fox" and he knows how to takes something from such games, but i don't think that Ecuador will lose here. Strong lineups by both sides.

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