Brazil had a fantastic start at the FIFA World Cup 2022 with two stunning goals against their first opponent Serbia in Group G. With three points secured from that match, Brazil now set to face Switzerland, is looking to progress out of their group right away.
However, with Selecao’s star man Neymar being sidelined, Switzerland might not be an easy opponent for the five-time world champion especially considering that the Nats are one of the most annoying European foes of Brazil. The two teams have faced each other a total of nine times and Brazil has only been victorious on three of those meetings versus Switzerland’s three. Also throughout these duels, Brazil has conceded nine times. Further, the South Americans have failed to record a single win against this European team in their last four meetings.
Worth remembering is their last match at the very franchise’s Russian edition in the same phase as this one ended in a draw with a scoreline of 1-1.
Brazil Vs Switzerland Expected Lineups
Brazil’s veteran right back and former Europe’s most decorated player, Dani Alves may appear from minute one for his nation in this fixture. The 25-year-old Richarlison has only become the most undisputed choice after his superb performance against Serbia in match day one.
While Brazil entered FIFA 2022 with one of the deepest squads, the team’s coach, Tite will still find it difficult to choose the right replacement for PSG talisman and the former Ballondr nominee, Neymar.
Switzerland on the other hand has no concern for any injury. One of the most certain faces Granit Xhaka, the captain will lead his side to a result in their hopes to reach the last 16.
Brazil Vs Switzerland Possible Lineups
Brazil: Alisson; Eder Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Fred, Paqueta; Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Jr
Switzerland: Sommer; Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka, Sow; Shaqiri, Embolo, Vargas
Brazil Vs Switzerland Prediction
With Neymar absent, Brazil doesn’t have a fixed position to channel their attack, and Switzerland now has to organize their team well within every area of zone 14 since Brazilian attacking threats can come from anyone. The quality and instinct of each South American’ are what makes them unique contenders for the world cup title every time. La Selecao looked unstoppable once they breached the Serbian defense. They had an xG of 1.8 to the Eagles’ 0.2. As mentioned Serbia didn’t play badly but Brazil’s strength was too much for them.
Switzerland’s rigid defense will look more apparent against Brazil and they may also be unable to provide many threats going forward though they are going to be just as difficult to break as Serbia, only this time it is going to be longer. Do bet on Brazil to have the most of the ball but this match, if worked according to stats on paper, could take a long time to open up.
Switzerland does have what it takes to hold Brazil or even subdue them, however, the Selecao this time seems to be in a different mood. Additionally, the Nats’ attack lately has not been that efficient much less as competitive as Brazil, who arguably has the strongest squad in recent memory.
We are going with Brazil on this one predicting a scoreline of 3-1.
Brazil Vs Switzerland Most Recent Odds
Bet 365 has given Selecao 1/2 (1.50) odds to get the win against Switzerland while it has laid out 11/2 (6.50) to the European sides to have their second win of the tournament. The possibility that the two teams will share the spoils is priced at 10/3 (4.33).
Jesus is quite certain to start or at least see some form of action in the absence of Neymar and with that, he has become the most chosen name to score the first goal of the game at 4/1 (5.00). The other man to have a similar possibility is Guilherme Pedro. Brazil’s hero against Serbia, Richarlison is the next favorite to break the deadlock at 11/2 (6.50).
For Switzerland, Haris Seferovic, despite being in not-so-great form, still is the critic’s chosen one to bring the first goal for the European sides with the odds being provided at 12/1 (13.00). The next plausible hitter for them is the match-winner against Cameroon, Breel Embolo.
Paddy Power, in parallel, has provided Brazil with the odds of 4/9 to take their next three points of this FIFA World Cup. In like manner, 11/2 is the probability handed to Switzerland to win against the 2002 World Cup winner. The likelihood of a tie is seen at 16/5.