The first TV scheduled and live stream soccer match on a Father’s Day filled with 2014 World Cup action features Ecuador and Switzerland in a Group E battle from Nacional Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil. Opening kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT) and it will be broadcasting live on ABC (national TV) and online via the WatchESPN live stream app (online).
On Sunday, June 15, Bleacher Report published its preview for what should be a very competitive match between Ecuador and Switzerland. According to Stuart Newman, while the Swiss are the highest-rated squad in Group E, underestimating France, Honduras or Ecuador could prove to be a costly mistake.
Ranked sixth in the FIFA world rankings, Switzerland is very much aware of the fact that South American teams will have an advantage over European ones. And for those who don’t believe climate and physical conditions play a role in these types of tournaments, the fact that a European side has never won a World Cup in South America should be enough for some skeptics.
Nevertheless, as reported by FIFA.com on June 14, Swiss manager Ottmar Hitzfeld believes his team has what it takes to go all the way in Brazil 2014. At the tender age of 65, the former Bayern Munich coach claims this year’s squad is superior, more creative and better at attacking than the defending World Cup champion Spain was four years ago.
And while statistically numbers do support Hitzfeld’s sentiments, is the Germany coach putting his team in a lose-lose situation by claiming they’re better than that historic La Roja squad? It’s going to be very interesting to see how the Swiss perform against a gritty team like Ecuador following Hitzfeld’s comments this week.
For what it’s worth, 2014 Brazil World Cup oddsmakers give the Europeans the nod over the South Americans in the Group E opener. Moments removed from the live streaming kickoff, Switzerland is a +130 favorite over Ecuador, who in turn comes in as a +220 underdog. The OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 2½ goals, and alternate betting lines look like this: Switzerland PK [-150] vs. Ecuador PK [+130].
With great expectations and even greater pressure, how will the Swiss perform against an underrated Ecuadorian side? Tune to ABC at Noon to watch the national TV broadcast, for those viewing this 2014 Brazil World Cup match on a television set. For those watching it online, the pre-match show gets underway at 11:30 a.m. ET and the actual match kicks off half hour later on ESPN3 live stream.