In Group E’s first encounter, Switzerland, managed by Ottmar Hitzfeld, who won seven Bundesliga titles and two European Cups, face an Ecuador side that posed a number of problems for England recently.
However, it’s Stan James’s 85/40 about the stalemate that looks the best bet in Brasilia as the pair are hard to separate.
The Europeans have an experienced manager and some top players in their ranks but the conditions are likely to suit their opponents, who managed some impressive results in qualifying.
The Swiss are also tight at the back but could lack goals at the other end so a low-scoring affair looks likely and Stan James confirm as much, posting 1/2 against the teams managing fewer than 2.5 goals between them.
More specifically, it’s 6/1 via Coral to end up 0-0 and Ladbrokes quote identical odds for it to finish one-each.
Switzerland and Ecuador to draw -85/40 (Stan James)