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Having qualified for the World Cup in impressive style, Al Hain-Cole fancies the young Swiss team to come out on top against a side that struggle away from home

Switzerland and Ecuador will be hoping to steal a march on their Group E opponents when the two sides face off in Brasilia on Sunday.

Having qualified for the World Cup without losing a single match, Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men are 6/4 (2.50) favourites with Paddy Power to pick up a valuable three points here.

On the other hand, La Tri only edged out Uruguay on goal difference to seal the final automatic South American qualifying spot and are 11/5 (3.20) outsiders to come out on top.

Reinaldo Rueda’s side held England to a 2-2 draw in their final warm-up friendly to record a fourth stalemate in six, and you can get odds of 21/10 (3.10) on the sides cancelling each other out when it really matters.

Considering their impressive qualification campaign and a team loaded with exciting young talent, the Swiss have been mentioned as potential dark horses in Brazil.

In contrast, question marks surround their opponents’ ability to come up with the goods away from the fortress home ground where they secured all seven of their victories in qualification.

Having lost five and won none of their eight qualification fixtures on the road and with only two victories to their name in their last 14 matches, Rueda’s men hardly inspire confidence coming into this competition.

With this in mind, those 6/4 (2.50) odds appear decidedly generous on Switzerland getting off to the best possible start by collecting all three points at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, and should be backed with some degree of confidence.

That bet looks even more assured considering Hitzfeld’s outfit have lost just one of their previous 18 fixtures and came out on top against both Peru and - even more impressively - Brazil, in their most recent encounters with South American opposition.

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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