Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Switzerland is blessed with players from some of Europe’s best and biggest clubs.
They performed admirably in World Cup qualifying, topping their group without losing a single game while finishing ahead of European champions Italy.
At the European Championship last year, they produced an incredible comeback to knock out the favourite France.
If they can carry momentum from this tournament and their promising qualifying results to Qatar this winter, they will be sure to have a positive World Cup campaign.
Granit Xhaka, who has now amassed over 100 appearances for his country, will captain the side.
Although he is prone to temperamental outbursts on the pitch, he is a consistent performer for Switzerland at the heart of midfield, something Arsenal fans may not recognise.
After being knocked out in the round of 16 at the last two World Cups, Xhaka will be hoping to guide his team past this stage to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament for only the fourth time ever.
Switzerland Team Odds To Win World Cup
Switzerland is by no means favourite to win the tournament, priced at 80/1 (+8000) to win the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Although it would take a monumental effort for them to win the competition, it is not totally out of the question.
They produced a memorable comeback against France at the last European Championship, upsetting the favourite.
If they can perform like this consistently at the World Cup, they have the ability to overcome even the best teams in the world.
Switzerland will enter Group G with Brazil, Serbia, and Cameroon. They are the second favourite to top the group, priced at 9/2 (+450).
As favourites for the competition, Brazil will naturally provide the toughest challenge in the group.
Although Cameroon is significantly lower than Switzerland in the FIFA world rankings, they should not be underestimated. However, Switzerland would hope to get a win from this game.
Switzerland is also priced at 5/6 (-120) to advance out of Group G.
If Switzerland reach the quarter-finals they would equal their best-ever performance at a World Cup. They are priced at 3/1 (+300) – original odds: 11/4 (+275) – to achieve this and 17/2 (+850) – original odds: 8/1 (+800) to go a step further and reach the semi-finals. To win the cup entirely they are priced at 80/1 (+8000).
How To Bet On Swiss Team In Qatar
As we approach the World Cup in Qatar this winter, you might want to start considering some of the bets you will want to place on Switzerland.
It is important to understand all the different types of markets you can wager on so that you can maximise your chances of winning.
In order to help you do this, we have put together a list of the most common and popular types of bets that you may wish to try out.
Each different market will provide various benefits and uses for those bets you want to place on Switzerland at the World Cup.
Player Prop Bets
When Switzerland play, you may wish to place a bet on an aspect of their diminutive star-striker Xherdan Shaqiri’s performance. This could be for him to score first or score a hat-trick.
These would be examples of player prop bets, which are bets on a player’s individual performance during any given match.
Team Prop Bets
During a Switzerland match, you may decide you want to place a bet on a specific aspect of their performance.
This would be a team prop bet. What you bet on does not have to be directly related to the outcome of the game. For example, you could place a bet on Switzerland to score at least two goals.
This does not guarantee they would win the game, as they could still lose 3-2 or draw 2-2.
The Asian handicap is an interesting type of bet and is becoming increasingly popular.
This market brings the odds closer together by giving the favourite for a certain match a handicap.
In practice, this means that one team is effectively leading the game by a certain number of goals from kick-off. This bet eliminates the possibility of a draw.
For example, Switzerland will be the underdogs when they play Brazil in Qatar. The handicap for this match could be two and a half goals, with Brazil on -2.5 goals and Switzerland on +2.5 goals.
With the handicap applied, whichever side scores the most goals is the winner. You can bet on Brazil to win with a -2.5 goal handicap or Switzerland to win with a +2.5 goal handicap.
If you bet on Brazil to win with the handicap and they cruised to a 3-1 victory against Switzerland, you would in fact lose the wager.
When Switzerland plays Serbia at the World Cup, you might expect there to be not many goals.
A goal lines bet allows you to place a wager on the total number of goals you think will be scored during this game.
Therefore, you could bet that there will be under 4.5 goals scored in total during the game.
Whenever Switzerland play, the bookmaker will make a prediction for how many goals they think will be scored in the game.
Using a totals bet you could then make a wager on whether you think there will be more or fewer goals scored than the number predicted by the bookmaker.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Switzerland
Once you understand these different types of bets, you need to sign up with a sportsbook.
The first step is to find one that has the best odds for your specific wager of or an enticing promotion, giving a certain number of free bets (or something similar).
Once you have found one that you like, you can go ahead and register an account so that you can begin to bet on Switzerland.
When you have an account, add the bet you are looking to wager on to your online betting slip before placing it. Here is a simple five-step process to help you along the way.
- Decide which odds you would like to use to place a bet and add them to your online betting slip.
- Decide how much money you would like to use for your bet and enter the figure into the appropriate area.
- You will need to deposit enough funds in your account to cover the whole price of the bet.
- You can now hit the ‘place bet’ button or similar. You will then receive a confirmation on your on-screen betting slip that the bet has been placed.
- It is important that you keep an eye on your betting slip during any Switzerland games that you have bet on. You may be offered cash-out options during the 90 minutes that you might want to use.
Switzerland Team Overview For Qatar
Switzerland has never managed to get past the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
However, with the current players, they have at their disposal we could see them beat their current record in Qatar this winter.
They went unbeaten in qualifying, outperforming Italy, and had a great run at the last European Championship.
They will be full of confidence going into the tournament, and although they will have to do remarkably to beat Brazil, wins against Serbia and Cameroon are certainly possible.
Key Football Players
Switzerland is a solid team with some talented players who we have seen can produce upsets against even the best footballing nations in the world.
Haris Seferovic and Breel Embolo will lead the line for Switzerland in attack.
Seferovic plays his club football for Portuguese giants Benfica, currently on loan at Galatasaray, and had a good run in the Champions League last season. They were knocked out by finalists Liverpool in the quarter-finals.
Embolo was an important player for Borussia Mönchengladbach last season, scoring nine goals for them in the Bundesliga.
At the centre of midfield is captain Granit Xhaka. He’s enjoyed a very positive season with Arsenal in the Premier League, in which they are so far challenging at the top of the table.
Xhaka has been crucial to a much-improved Arsenal side and will be key to the rest of the Gunners’ campaign.
He is a born leader, and despite a temper that has got him into trouble in the past, he has always been a consistent performer for Switzerland.
Joining him in midfield is vice-captain Xherdan Shaqiri, who is only 12 appearances away from becoming Switzerland’s all-time most capped player.
Shaqiri now plays for Chicago Fire but has enjoyed significant success in English football, most notably for Stoke City and Liverpool. He was part of the Liverpool squad that won the Champions League in 2019.
Switzerland has a great back-line, consisting of the likes of Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schär, Manuel Akanji, and Kevin Mbabu.
Backing up the defence is goalkeeper Yann Sommer of Borussia Mönchengladbach, who frequently saves both his club and country with stellar shot-stopping.
Goalkeeper Yann Sommer is the main injury concern for the Swiss, after damaging an ankle ligament in October. Despite this injury setback, he is expected to feature for Switzerland once the tournament kicks off.
The Swiss otherwise have a fully fit squad to compete with.
Coaching & Technical Staff
Murat Yakin has been the head coach of Switzerland since the summer of 2021. He has had a long career coaching numerous different clubs, most of which have been in his home country of Switzerland.
His role as their manager is the first time he has coached a national team. He played professionally for clubs across Switzerland, Germany, and Turkey including VfB Stuttgart, Fenerbahçe, and FC Basel.
He is joined by his assistant manager Vincent Cavin, who has worked in various roles as part of the Swiss coaching staff since 2016.
Former Derby and FC Schaffhausen goalkeeper Patrick Foletti joins the team as a goalkeeper coach.
Together they will hope to guide Switzerland through a successful World Cup campaign in Qatar.
An appearance in the semi-finals is aspirational but certainly attainable for this talented side.
Switzerland Team Road To Qatar
Switzerland was drawn in Group C of the European World Cup qualifiers. They faced Italy as their biggest challengers, with Northern Ireland and Bulgaria also providing a significant fight.
Switzerland finished top of their qualifying group by two points without losing a single game. They won five out of eight games and drew three times.
Across the eight games, they had an impressive record only conceding two goals. They also put on a good attacking performance, finding the back of the net 15 times, which was the most in their group.
Finishing above Italy was an incredibly impressive feat for Switzerland. Italy won European Championship last year and is ranked sixth in the world by FIFA.
When Switzerland met Italy in qualifying, both games were an even affair and ended in draws.
However, Switzerland had a better record against the other teams in the group, meaning that they progressed straight to the finals.
Their good form in qualifying and promising run in the Euros last year could see them carry momentum into the World Cup this winter and have a positive campaign.
Switzerland’s World Cup History
Switzerland has appeared at the World Cup on 11 occasions but has never managed to reach the semi-finals.
They achieved the quarter-finals in their first tournament in 1934, and again in 1938.
They hosted the competition in 1954 and again were able to reach the quarter-finals but were knocked out by Austria in a classic game in which they lost 7-5. This match still stands as the highest-scoring game at a World Cup finals ever.
Since the tournament in 1954, they have not been able to reach this stage again.
Between 1966 and 1994 they endured a 28-year absence from the competition.
English coach Roy Hodgson was appointed as manager in 1992 and took them to third in the FIFA rankings, their highest position in history.
He also ended their 28-year wait for a place in the World Cup finals by qualifying for the 1994 tournament.
In recent years they have been more consistent and have qualified for every tournament since 2006.
Most recently in 2018, they faced Brazil and Serbia in the group, who they will meet again in Qatar this year. They progressed from the group with two draws and a win but were knocked out by Sweden in the round of 16.
The Swiss fans create a wall of red at the games they attend, matching the colour of their flag and their team’s kit.
They can be seen waving their national flag with as much passion as they sing for their team. Many of the supporters will also paint the flag on their faces.
One fan, in particular, gained internet fame when a picture of him was published before and after their infamous comeback against France at Euro 2020.
The anguish on his face before his team was winning compared to the delight that could be seen after Switzerland scored brilliantly captured the rollercoaster of emotion that every football fan experiences when watching their team play.