Prediction: Brazil vs Switzerland

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Prediction: Brazil vs Switzerland

Posted on June 16, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Prediction: Brazil win

Best Odds: 2/5

Bookmaker: bet365

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has already thrown up a series of shocking moments and great goals, and we’re only just getting started. Over the next few days or so every single team in the tournament will play their first game in Russia, with one of the more notable encounters being Brazil vs Switzerland. The five-time world champions are expected to ease their way through this group and into the knockout stages, whereas the Swiss are being tipped to follow the South Americans through to the Round of 16.

Brazil

The old line that is used so often is that the English invented football, and the Brazilians perfected it. While we believe that to be true, the fact that they haven’t won the big one since 2002 has left many to wonder whether or not they’re still the attacking powerhouse they once were. Many have argued that Spain have taken that role in recent times, although a quick gaze at their squad leads us to believe that they’ve still got plenty of fire left in them. The question is, how well will they be able to deal with the expectations on their shoulders.

Team News

Neymar is the man everyone has been talking about and he’ll be the one expected to score a few goals in this one, whereas Jesus and Firmino will have to wait and see which one of them starts against the Swiss.

Switzerland

Switzerland have been viewed as a rising star in European football for years now, but they’ve never quite been able to ascend to that next level. They’re strong defensively and have a few high profile names littered throughout the squad, but they just can’t put it all together when it matters at the big tournaments. If they can harness the quality that they’re able to showcase in qualifying, then maybe they can surprise a few people. The key, in this game in particular, will be frustrating Brazil from the word go.

Team News

Arsenal favourites Stephan Lichtsteiner and Granit Xhaka will both be aiming to start the game, with Breel Embolo or Hector Seferovic set to start up front.

Factors to Consider

  • Brazil are 3-2 up in the head to head with three draws, although the Swiss have won two of their last three games against them.
  • Switzerland have won four and drawn two of their last six games.
  • Brazil have won five and drawn one of their last six games.
  • Switzerland’s next game in the group will be against Serbia next Friday.
  • Brazil’s next game in the group will be against Costa Rica next Friday.

Conclusion

The World Cup can throw up any kind of result and we wouldn’t be all too surprised by it, but when it comes to the Brazilians, it feels like they’re more focused than they have been in an awfully long time. They’ll be desperate to erase the disappointment of four years ago, and when you look at the squad they’ve compiled, it’s very difficult to see a path to victory for Switzerland. We certainly think they’ll put up a fight, but we’re expecting the favourites to run away with a 3-1 win on Sunday.

Prediction: Brazil win

Best Odds: 2/5

Bookmaker: bet365

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