This match is over. Final score: Brazil 1-1 Switzerland For the match – Brazil vs Costa Rica. For the match – Serbia vs Switzerland. 17th June 2018 – 19:00 UK Time Group E Stadium: Rostov Arena TV: ITV Brazil continued their record of appearing at every single World Cup when securing their place in Russia at a canter. The appointment of Tite was a masterstroke, with the experienced coach taking over from Dunga, who had endured a torrid spell in charge of the Selecao. The coach has only lost once since taking charge of the 2014 hosts and although Brazil aren’t synonymous with keeping things tight at the back, they’ve conceded just five times in 19 games (prior to June 2018). Ten victories in 12 matches helped them become the first team to secure their place at the tournament. They’ve been drawn in a winnable-looking Group E alongside Serbia, Costa Rica and Switzerland. This is Switzerland’s 11th World Cup appearance although they haven’t reached the quarter-finals since 1954. They reached the knock-out round in 2014 and they’ll be hoping to make it through to the last 16 once again. Vladimir Petkovic’s side are extremely resolute and will make it difficult for the opposition to break them down. They may not possess an abundance of firepower but they have individual players, such as Xherdan Shaqiri, who are capable of the unexpected. They narrowly missed out on topping their qualifying group and needed a narrow play-off victory against Northern Ireland to ensure their place at the tournament. Dani Alves is injured and the experienced full-back will not be fit enough to feature at the tournament but Tite has an embarrassment of riches to choose from. They announced their squad in May 2018 with the majority of the players regularly competing in Europe’s top flights. Neymar is likely to be centre of attention once again and he is 10/1 with NetBet to finish as the competition’s top goalscorer. Phillipe Coutinho finished the season in excellent form for Barcelona whilst Paulinho’s recall has caused some consternation amongst fans but he deserves his opportunity. Marcelo is likely to be rampaging down the wings and can provide some much-needed width. Switzerland’s main problem has been hitting the target and they will be largely relying upon the spark of Xherdan Shaqiri, who has recently been relegated from the Premier League with Stoke City. Ricardo Rodriguez is not a regular goalscorer at this level but he netted the winning penalty which helped guarantee their place at this tournament. They conceded very few goals during qualification with only Portugal, Hungary and Andorra finding a way past the Swiss defence but the fact they only scored twice against the Faroe Islands is testament to their struggles at the other end. Brazil vs Switzerland Predictions Brazil start as 3/8 favourites with 888Sport for this clash and there is very little evidence to suggest that they’ll struggle in this opener. Despite their success in the qualifying group, the 7-1 humbling at the hands of Germany four years ago is likely to still be lingering and they’ll want to make a good start in order to keep the fans happy. Brazil are likely to be included in many opening-match accumulators but punters who fancy a bigger price may wish to consider Brazil to Win and Under 2.5 Goals which is available at 11/5 with 10Bet. They have plenty of goals in their side but the Swiss rearguard isn’t easy to breach. Neymar could prove the difference here and his invention could open up Switzerland. He should be backed at 45/17 with 888Sport to open the scoring in this Group E clash. Switzerland occasionally flatter to deceive and their alarming lack of goalscoring threat is a huge concern. Although Brazil’s marauding full-backs can occasionally leave space in behind, they conceded very few goals during qualifying and Switzerland are likely to find space at a premium. Both Teams to Score? No looks a great option at 4/6 with Royal Panda and it’s likely to land here. If you combine the two selections above, Brazil to Win to Nil is extremely tempting at 21/20 with Betfred. William Hill are offering 4/1 on Brazil to win this match by a scoreline of 2-0 and that appears to be a great way of finding a bigger price. This would have landed three times during qualification when facing Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela. Statistics Brazil were the last side to win back-to-back World Cups (1958/1962) It’s been 16 years since their last World Cup title. Brazil are priced at 9/2 with Betfred to win the World Cup They finished fourth at the 2014 World Cup, despite being hosts 1966 was the last time that they failed to progress beyond the group stage They’ve won 70 of their 104 World Cup matches This will be the fourth consecutive World Cup that Switzerland have qualified for They didn’t concede a single goal at the 2006 World Cup They only scored once in three 2010 World Cup games Why Should I Bet On Brazil Against Switzerland? 1×2 Brazil are favourites to lift the World Cup trophy next month – and understandably so. Tite’s men stormed through South American qualification, losing only once, and have followed that up with five victories and a draw in the friendly matches since. You have to go back all the way to the 1978 World Cup in Argentina for the last time Brazil failed to gain maximum points in their first match at a World Cup finals. Since then, the Selecao have won nine openers in a row. Despite an excellent qualification record themselves, Switzerland could not wish for a more difficult introduction to the tournament. Brazil are just 4/11 to make it 10 opening victories in a row with William Hill, but it should ensure a safe return. Gabriel Jesus to score first Brazil have a wealth of attacking talent but it looks like Gabriel Jesus has just pipped Roberto Firmino to a starting berth at the pinpoint of the Selecao attack. The Manchester City man has a fantastic record in his fledgling international career, scoring 10 times in 17 matches. While many punters will be attracted to star man Neymar, it could pay dividends to back Jesus – especially as he scored more than the Paris Saint-Germain man during qualifying and is at longer odds with all bookmakers. Jesus is at 14/5 to score first with William Hill. Correct score Since September last year, in a run that stretches back eight matches against the likes of Germany and England, Brazil have conceded only once – against Japan back in November. During qualifying, Tite’s men were the continent’s top scorers by far, with midfielders like Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho contributing to the goal tally as well as the usual suspects. Switzerland’s campaign has, as usual, been built on defensive stability and excellent organisation as they kept nine clean sheets over the course qualifying. Brazil won’t find it easy to break through and have been frustrated by England and Bolivia in the last 12 months. A 1-0 Brazil victory is at 9/2 with William Hill. 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.