Switzerland FIFA 18 World Cup guide, squad, player ratings, tactics, formation & tips

The Swiss aren't being talked about much about ahead of Russia 2018, but with our guide you can you cause a shock and make a deep run into the tournament on FIFA 18.


Despite being ranked sixth in the world, Switzerland seem to be coming into the World Cup under the radar. The Swiss side have little gems of talent in their squad, and they will be a match for any team they face in Russia this summer.

If you’re looking for a challenge on FIFA 18’s World Cup mode, then Switzerland are a great choice. They face Brazil in the group stage and have tricky customers in the form of Serbia and Costa Rica, with things getting no easier in the knockout stages. RealSport is on hand for all there is to know in setting up with the Swiss for the tournament.

Team rating

Switzerland have a four star rating on the World Cup update, and this is made up of a 76 attack, 77 midfield and 78 defence.

Switzerland’s potential World Cup fixtures

Group Stage

Brazil

Serbia

Costa Rica

Round of 16

Germany

Quarter-finals

England or Colombia

Semi-finals

France

Final

Spain or Brazil

Switzerland will fancy their chances in getting out of Group E, but things get off to a tough start with a big clash against one of the favourites Brazil in Rostov. You will do well to get a point out of that game, and then you should be looking to rack the goals up against Serbia and Costa Rica.

You should be targeting second place in the group, and unfortunately, if that is the case, you are likely to meet defending world champions Germany in the Round of 16. Now, you may think that this is the end of your World Cup, but a lot of the Swiss team play, or have played in Germany. 

The inside knowledge could become vital, and if you can get through that tie, the draw opens up and you have the much more favourable tie against England or Colombia in the quarter-finals. Again not easy, but after coming through Germany, you should have your eyes on the final, with France and Spain possible opponents for the remainder of the tournament.

Formation

Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic has implemented a 4-2-3-1 wide formation, and you should do the same on FIFA 18.

Yann Sommer is in goal, Arsenal new man Stephan Lichtsteiner captains the side from right back with Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji and penalty expert Ricardo Rodriguez (86 penalties) also in the back four. 

Granit Xhaka is the midfield enforcer (92 aggression), and he is partnered by Denis Zakaria in defensive midfield. Blerim Dzemaili operates in attacking midfield, with main threat Xherdan Shaqiri (85 shot power) and Steven Zuber on the flanks. Breel Embolo is up front on his own.

Tactics

Xherdan Shaqiri may not be the player that saw him move to Bayern Munich in 2012, but if you give him the ball enough, the Stoke man will make something happen.

He is great on the ball (92 balance), and to maximise his impact in the game, you should head to the instructions tab and change his chance creation to ‘cut inside’. You can then look to shoot, play in a teammate or drive at the defence (86 dribbling).

The other big name in this Swiss side is Granit Xhaka. He does come under criticism at Arsenal, but he is a powerful player and can strike at goal from distance (88 shot power). He will be key in winning the ball back and starting attacks for your side.

Lastly, your full backs are a huge asset. Stephan Lichtsteiner and Ricardo Rodriguez (87 crossing) can bomb down the flanks to provide the width. To ensure they are always available, make sure ‘always overlap’ is selected for attacking runs.

Of course, you may want to sit a little deeper in your opening game against Brazil and then again when you reach the knockout stages. One option is to slip into a defensive mentality on the D-pad, or keep your full backs reigned in or alter one of your defensive midfielders’ attacking support to ‘stay back while attacking’. 

Take that next step

Switzerland have never made it past the World Cup quarter-finals, and that was last achieved in 1954 when they hosted the tournament. This Swiss side, although not one of the world’s best, is a greater team than that, and perhaps Russia could be the platform for them to create a bit of history.

It’s a tough draw, and you sense that the only way you can go deep into this tournament is if the Swiss defeat Brazil and finish above them in the group stages. That would open up the draw massively for you and allow you to build momentum for the back end of the tournament. Can you be the man to make history with Switzerland? 

Switzerland squad player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Club

OVR

Goalkeepers

Yann Sommer

29

GK

‘Gladbach

83

Roman Burki

27

GK

Borussia Dortmund

82

Marwin Hitz

30

GK

Borussia Dortmund

79

Yvon Mvogo

23

GK

RB Leipzig

75

Gregor Kobel

20

GK

Hoffenheim

66

Defenders

Ricardo Rodriguez

25

LB
CB

AC Milan

81

Stephan Lichtsteiner

34

RB
RM

Arsenal

81

Fabian Schar

26

CB

Deportivo La Coruna

77

Michael Lang

27

RB
RM

Basel

76

Manuel Akanji

22

CB

Borussia Dortmund

76

Johan Djourou

31

CB

Antalyaspor

75

Silvan Widmer

25

RB
RM

Udinese

75

Francois Moubandje

27

LB

Toulouse

74

Leo Lacroix

26

CB

Basel

73

Timm Klose

30

CB

Norwich

73

Ulisses Garcia

22

LB
LM

Nurnberg

67

Midfielders

Xherdan Shaqiri

26

RM

Stoke

82

Granit Xhaka

25

CM
CDM

Arsenal

82

Blerim Dzemaili

32

CAM
CM

Bologna

78

Renato Steffen

26

LM
RM
CAM

Wolfsburg

76

Admir Mehmedi

27

LM
CF
RM
ST

Wolfsburg

76

Steven Zuber

26

LM
LB

Hoffenheim

76

Denis Zakaria

21

CM
CDM

‘Gladbach

76

Gelson Fernandes

31

CDM
CM

Eintracht Frankfurt

75

Valon Behrami

33

CDM
CM

Udinese

75

Fabian Frei

29

CM
CDM
CAM

Basel

75

Valentin Stocker

29

CAM
LM

Basel

75

Remo Freuler

26

CM
CDM

Atalanta

75

Edimilson Fernandes

22

CM
CAM

West Ham

72

Shani Tarashaj

23

CAM

Everton

68

Attackers

Breel Embolo

21

ST
RM

Schalke

76

Haris Seferovic

26

ST

Benfica

76

Josip Drmic

25

ST
RM
LM

‘Gladbach

75

Eren Derdiyok

29

ST

Galatasaray

75

Mario Gavranovic

28

ST
CAM

Dinamo Zagreb

73

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