Brazil vs. Switzerland – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
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Brazil’s quest for a sixth World Cup title begins at the Rostov Arena on Sunday evening when they take on Switzerland in their opening Group E fixture.
The Selecao are the competition’s most successful nation ever but pressure is on Tite’s men to perform in Russia after failing to win the tournament on home turf four years ago. A 7-1 thrashing at the hands of a rampant Germany still haunts the memories of millions of supporters.
But Brazil – who last won the competition in 2002 – were the only South American nation to look particularly convincing qualification, losing only once in 18 matches. Tite’s appointment following the sacking of Dunga after humiliation at the 2016 Copa America preceded what is a 12-game unbeaten record in competitive matches (W10 D2).
Meanwhile, Switzerland could have counted themselves as one of the unluckiest teams in World Cup history had they failed to get through their second-place play-off against Northern Ireland. The Swiss had won nine out of nine qualifiers until Portugal beat them in the final match of the group stage.
But in many ways that 1-0 victory over the Northern Irish highlighted the shortcomings in Vladimir Petkovic’s team. Scoring goals has been a problem for many Switzerland teams in recent times and that’s what is separating them from the big boys. Though still young, Schalke’s Breel Embolo will have to take on much of that load himself.
There have been no signs of Brazil’s excellent form falling away in warm-up matches so the Selecao understandably start as strong favourites against the Swiss. Brazil conceded only one goal in their final five qualifiers and their opponents are unlikely to have to attacking strength to breach the backline.
Brazil are 1/3 with William Hill to get off to a winning start; they’re odds that won’t make punters rich but should ensure a small return.
For those expecting Switzerland’s well-organised unit to frustrate Brazil, there could be more attractive odds available. Under 1.5 goals is at 29/10 with Betfair and becomes an option if punters believe the Swiss can hold out for some time before conceding.
As for goalscorers, Gabriel Jesus topped the scoring charts for Brazil during qualification and he’s 7/2 to net first with 888sport. Breel Embolo, likely to be playing from the right side for Switzerland, is a huge 14/1 to break the deadlock, also with 888sport.
- Switzerland haven’t progressed to the last eight of a World Cup since 1954
- Brazil have made the at least the quarter-finals of the World Cup in all but one of the last eight competitions –
- Brazil to reach the semi-final – 6/5
- Brazil have played Switzerland three times before, with each nation winning one match apiece
- Switzerland conceded just seven goals in 10 matches during qualifying
- Paulinho was Brazil’s second-highest scorer during qualification with six goals
- Paulinho to score first – 13/2
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.