Switzerland vs Equador 06/15/2014 Free FIFA World Cup Group E Pick and Preview
Equador vs Switzerland
Sunday 15th June 2014 17:00(GMT)
The Line: Switzerland 6/4 Draw 21/10 Equador 11/5 See the Latest Odds
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When researching the Group previews I was impressed with Equador, impressed enough to tip them to qualify from this group. A hard working unit that will keep working from minute 1 to minute 90 a typical performance was given against England in their last friendly prior to the World Cup. A tough manager in Ruben Reuda and a couple of star players in the form of Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia and former Manchester City youth player Caicedo. This game will be hard fought and though Switzerland have an impressive record of qualifying for tournaments they often are rather poor in the main event. Having seen Equdor play solid defence against the English and Dutch I think that they can hold on here against Switzerland and maybe even get a win in the last 20 minutes.
Switzerland have a couple of supremely talented individuals as well with Bayern Munich's Shaqiri chief among the Swiss talent , the youngster will be looking to make his mark on this tournament alongside Napoli's Bahrami and Inler. Otmar Hitzfeld the Swiss coach will be set on making his team hard to beat but also knows that in a group with France, the Swiss must look to get a win here in the opener.
I've convinced myself that Equador are worth a bet here. I like what they've shown in the pre world cup friendlies but alot of my confidence was based on their win and draw over Uruguay in qualifying, having seen Uruguay yesterday those results look less impressive. Althought there is the fact that Uruguay were missing Suarez to balance out. Either way now I am taking Equador on the handicap +1. I think the Equadorians have the work ethic to keep this close, will be better aclimated to the weather and may even win it outright. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo