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Xherdan Shaqiri will be the key man for Switzerland

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Squad

Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg), Roman Buerki (Grasshopper), Yann Sommer (Basel).

Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Michael Lang (Grasshopper), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Fabian Schaer (Basel), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Steve von Bergen (Young Boys), Reto Ziegler (Sassuolo).

Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta (Eintracht Frankfurt), Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili, Gokhan Inler (all Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (Freiburg), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich), Valentin Stocker (Basel).

Forwards: Josip Drmic (Nuremberg), Mario Gavranovic (Zurich), Admir Mehmedi (Freiburg), Haris Seferovic (Real Sociedad), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach).

Fixtures

15 June v Ecuador (Brasilia)

20 June v France (Salvador)

25 June v Honduras (Manaus)

Strengths

The Swiss are a super-organised team with sharp attacking players to hit their opposition on the counter. With the new World Cup ball supposed to fly faster than before, hard hitters such as Gokhan Inler and Granit Xhaka will hope to take advantage.

Weaknesses

The usual problem with a team that is so organised is that they may become stale as the game winds on. Their best chances will come from set pieces.

Key Player

Xherdan Shaqiri. He is an explosive winger who has shown flashes of brilliance during his limited playing time with Bayern Munich.

Shaqiri should be fresh having only played occasionally this season. This could be his stage to attract the attention of new club that will give him the playing time he deserves.

Prediction

They have a good chance of progressing from the group but a potential encounter with Argentina in the last 16 could prove too tough.

Odds

100/1

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