Today’s Predictions: Brazil Vs Switzerland
Brazil 1 – 1 Switzerland
Brazil vs. Switzerland Odds
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The 11th match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is between 5 times champions and current favourites Brazil against Switzerland.
- Date : 17th June 2018
- Time : 11:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Rostov Arena
Brazil begin their highly anticipated World Cup campaign against an unpredictable Swiss side, looking to avenge their humiliating 7-1 semi final defeat to Germany in the last World Cup.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Brazil have become a force to be reckoned with again under new coach Tite, who led the Selecao to 10 victories in 12 qualifying games, making them the first team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 and also maintain their record of qualifying for every single World Cup till date. They conceded just 3 goals in the qualifiers and enter this tournament as favourites.
Switzerland almost always have very solid qualifying campaigns, however they are never able to dominate in the finals in the same way. They won their first 9 matches in qualifying but were still denied the top sport on goal difference, as Portugal overtook them in the last game. They scored 23 goals and conceded 7 in their 10 qualifying matches, before a narrow 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in the playoff earned them a ticket to Russia.
Brazil have been flying high every since their humiliating exit at the previous World Cup semi final stage. They have won 4 out of their last 5 matches, conceding just 1 goal, a run which includes a dominating win over current world champions Germany. More importantly, they played these matches without Neymar, something which will surely give their fans immense hope for a successful tournament.
Switzerland have been in decent form of late, as they have been unbeaten in their last 5 games, with 3 wins. Their most recent win was an impressive shutout against Japan, while they also earned a credible draw against Spain, just a week after hammering Panama 6-0. Beating any World Cup side with that margin is sure to build some much needed confidence.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met 3 times in their history, with both teams securing 1 win each and the only competitive match ending 2-2, at the 1950 World Cup. Switzerland won their last match 1-0, a friendly in 2013.
Brazil would be massively boosted by the return of Neymar, who has been resting since a severe injury that had ruled him out for several months at PSG. However, unlike the 2014 World Cup, Brazil’s greatest strength is that they do not solely rely on Neymar anymore. With a plethora of attacking talent at their disposal, the likes of Coutinho, Willian, Firmino etc have all been flourishing at the club level. Combine that with Real Madrid pair Marcelo and Casemeiro, the South American giants have quality spread across the field. David Luiz and Alex Sandro are two shocking exclusions from the final 23 man squad though.
Switzerland suffered a huge injury scare when one of their main midfielders Granit Xhaka suffered a knee injury. However, he is expected to feature in the first match now. The Swiss like to play from the flanks, and have the right players for this tactic, with some of the best crossers of the ball in their roster.
Players To Watch Out For
Brazil have several world class players on offer, none more so than the magical Neymar, who has already shattered many goal scoring records at such a young age. Marcelo and Casemeiro are two of the best players in their respective positions, while they fluidity brought upon by Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino is a delight to watch.
Switzerland’s go-to man in attack is undoubtedly Xerdan Shaqiri, with the nifty winger renowned for elevating his game each time he pulls on a Swiss shirt. Their captain Lichsteiner, 34, has still got the legs to bomb up and down the right flank and deliver pin point crosses, while Granit Xhaka would be looking to boss the midfield from the middle.
Brazil Vs Switzerland Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Brazil are understandably heavy favourites in this fixture, with an incredible run of form ever since they changed their manager. They have been installed as favourites to win this World Cup and would be looking to begin with a confidence-boosting victory.
- This is Switzerland’s 4th consecutive World Cup appearance, having famously been knocked out in the 2006 World Cup despite not conceding a single goal.
- Brazil have won the World Cup a record 5 times, however their last title was 16 years ago, and they would be eager to add a 6th title to their collection.
- Neymar to score the first goal of the game is a bet we highly recommend as he would be looking to make up for all the lost time spent on the sidelines.
- Switzerland have always based their game on a water tight defence, and hence we do not expect a lot of goals in this game, so we recommend betting on the under 2.5 goals market.
Brazil have rightly been placed as the favourites for this tournament, and while the Swiss are great at defending and grinding out results, the South Americans are expected to be too hot for them
Our Predicted Scoreline : Brazil 2-0 Switzerland