World Cup 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 17:00 GMT (June 15, 13:00 Local time)
Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Switzerland vs. Ecuador Preview
If you enjoyed in goals in the first matches of the World Championship, this game would not provide you with such pleasure. National teams of Switzerland and Ecuador are in the shadow of the other selections on their continents, but their quality keeps them high in the FIFA rankings. Switzerland is ranked much higher, but players of Ecuador are better prepared for climatic conditions in Brazil, so there is no doubt that their duel will be uncertain.
Switzerland conceded only one goal in the last six games of the qualifying group for the World Cup. This data refers to the main quality of the sixth team in the FIFA rankings. Goalkeeper Diego Benaglio and captain Gökhan Inler are the most deserved for such an outcome, but the essence of their success is the strong collective, which is composed of players naturalized from different countries. Even the coach of the Swiss team is German, Ottmar Hitzfeld, who is one of the most successful club coaches in Europe, with seven German Bundesliga titles and two titles of the Champions League. Hitzfeld is one of the coaches who likes to have four players in defense and likes to have a large number of players in the middle. This means that the most commonly used formation are 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3. The Swiss team is playing with a lot of energy, so players perform pressing on the opponents, especially on one of central defenders who is the weakest in passing a ball. Therefore, Swiss team plays most of their games mainly in the middle of the pitch, producing outcomes with a small number of goals. Hitzfeld does not have problem with the squad, so they will opt for the best players for this match.
Probable line-up of Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Benaglio – Lichtsteiner, Senderos, Schar, Rodriguez – Inler, Behrami – Stocker, G. Xhaka, Shaqiri – Drmic
Ecuador has perhaps the weakest playing squad at the World Cup, but they have one of the most powerful collective spirits as well. They were the great surprise at the World Cup eight years ago, where they came to the eighth-finals, and now they have a number of players who play in the strongest European leagues, so it can be considered they are a serious team. Ecuador has come to Brazil from the fourth place in the CONMEBOL qualifying group thanks to victories at home in the harsh climatic conditions. Many believe that their poor performances away from home does not give base to have high hopes in this championship, but we should not forget that they are prepared for the climatic conditions in Brazil better than players of France and Switzerland. It is interesting that Ecuador does not have a draw at the World Championships, achieving three wins and four defeats. As for the starting line-up, the only unknown is a goalkeeper, given that Dominguez is struggling with injury.
Probable line-up of Ecuador (4-4-2): Banguera (Dominguez) – Paredes, Guagua, Erazo, W. Ayovi – Noboa, Gruezo, A. Valencia, Montero – Caicedo, E. Valencia
Switzerland vs Ecuador Match Prediction
Switzerland has received only one goal in their last seven World Cup matches, while Ecuador has won every time when they saved their net. Taking all the above said, we could see the first game without goals at this World Cup. Draw.