Brazil vs Switzerland Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips

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Brazil 1.38 | Draw 4.66 | Switzerland 8.30

 

Brazil were the first team to book their place at World Cup 2018 and they looked unstoppable during qualifying. Tite’s side have been excellent since he replaced the divisive Dunga and he ensures his talented squad are able to play with freedom. They barely conceded during their qualifying campaign and could be difficult to break down here. They have qualified for every single World Cup and haven’t failed to progress beyond the group stage since 1966. Dani Alves’ injury was a major blow but they have plenty of options at the back and the excellent Marcelo is likely to ensure they play with plenty of width throughout the tournament. They will be desperate to appease their fans following the embarrassment of losing 7-1 to Germany on home soil and they will be hoping to avoid another meeting with Joachim Low’s side en-route to the final.

Switzerland’s passage to the tournament was slightly less cut and dry and they needed a narrow play-off success against Northern Ireland to ensure their participation in the competition. Vladimir Petkovic’s side were hardly convincing across the 180 minutes and their inability to break down a defensively organised side is a significant concern. At the back, Switzerland are solid and tough to infiltrate. They kept numerous clean sheets throughout qualifying with only Portugal, Hungary and Andorra finding a way past them. Xherdan Shaqiri will be tasked with providing a spark in the final third although he arrives off the back of a disappointing season at Stoke City.

Neymar scored four times at the 2014 World Cup and the PSG man is likely to be centre of attention once again. He is set to return from a foot operation ahead of the tournament and if fit enough, Tite is likely to start him in every single game. Gabriel Jesus comes off the back of a successful season in the Premier League with Manchester City and will relish the service from wide areas. They were held by a youthful looking England side during an international friendly at the end of 2017 and they will need to ensure they have a plan B if they encounter similarly stubborn opposition. Switzerland could fall into that camp.

Switzerland are consistent in major competitions. They have been eliminated in the round of 16 in three of their last four World Cup appearances and they also exited Euro 2016 at the same stage. They were solid in France, winning once and drawing three times and despite their early-ish departure, they remained unbeaten throughout. Every player will carry out their role with due diligence but the lack of creative spark is a concern for Swiss fans.

Brazil vs Switzerland Predictions

Brazil are overwhelming favourites for this opening tie and it is easy to see why. They were ruthless during qualifying and scored 41 times during their 18 games. They also conceded just 11 times and the majority of those goals came under the old regime.

The Selecao are priced at 1.33 with William Hill to get off to a winning start and they will be included in many accumulators for the group stage games. The 2.89 on Brazil to Win and Under 2.5 Goals with Sports Interaction offers far greater value and it’s hard to see Tite’s side finding a way past the Swiss defence easily and they will need to remain patient throughout the 90 minutes.

Brazil will need a bit of magic to unlock and unpick the Swiss defence and the in-form Phillipe Coutinho is seen as the most likely to conjure up something special. He is 6.50 with Betway to open the scoring in this one.

It’s 1.93 with 5 Dimes for Both Teams to Score? No and it could be a game decided by a single Brazilian strike. The South American side are 1.32 with Sports Interaction to score the first goal of the game and that looks a great bet for those who don’t mind a short-price.

1-0 and 2-0 Brazil look the most likely outcomes for this contest. Switzerland’s only defeat during qualifying came against Portugal and ended 2-0 and it is priced at 5.33 with Bodog to finish that way here.

 

Statistics

  • Brazil have won the World Cup on five different occasions – but haven’t won it since 2002
  • They won three of their seven games at the 2014 World Cup
  • This is the second time that Switzerland and Brazil have been drawn against one another at a World Cup (It ended 2-2 in 1950)
  • Neymar scored four times during the group stage in 2014
  • Switzerland didn’t concede a single goal at the 2006 World Cup
  • They have been eliminated in the round of 16 on three of their last four appearances at the tournament

Switzerland to be eliminated in the round of 16 is 3.00 with William Hill

  • They reached the quarter-finals in 1954

Lineups

Brazil: Alisson, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Pedro Geromel, Casemiro, Filipe Luís, Douglas Costa, Renato Augusto, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Marcelo, Marquinhos, Danilo, Paulinho, Cássio, Fernandinho, Fred, Willian, Roberto Firmino, Taison, Fagner, Ederson. 

Switzerland: Yann Sommer, Stephan Lichtsteiner (captain), François Moubandje, Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Michael Lang, Breel Embolo, Remo Freuler, Haris Seferović, Granit Xhaka, Valon Behrami, Yvon Mvogo, Ricardo Rodríguez, Steven Zuber, Blerim Džemaili, Gelson Fernandes, Denis Zakaria, Mario Gavranović, Josip Drmić, Johan Djourou, Roman Bürki, Fabian Schär, Xherdan Shaqiri. 

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Brazil 1.38 | Draw 4.66 | Switzerland 8.30

 


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