Brazil v Switzerland Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 17th June
Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Brazil vs Switzerland and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s World Cup clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, stats and facts and more.
Brazil v Switzerland Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 17/06/18
- Time: 19:00pm
- Venue: Rostov Arena
- Channel: ITV
Tournament favourites Brazil kick off their World Cup on the banks of the Don river against Switzerland. Excitement around the samba boys is rife and after a classy qualifying campaign it’s perfectly justified. Since Tite took them helm the Selecao have returned to their swaggering, attacking style and it’s a refreshing alternative to their former gaffer, Dunga, who opted for a more defensive and rigid formation. Their change in approach has not had a negative impact on their defensive record, however, they conceded just 11 goals in 18 qualifiers.
Switzerland unbelievably only finished 2nd in their qualifying group despite losing just a single game, against Portugal. They have to be applauded for that record, and negotiating a tricky play off with Northern Ireland in order to make the World Cup. Manager Vladimir Petkovic is good at his job, and sets his sides up to be organised and positionally aware, with the players at his disposal I’d go as far to say he has done an excellent job.
Switzerland have a settled back four and a tight, compact midfield but lack much stardust going forward; the ‘Nati’ have to rely on the ingenuity of Xherdan Shaqiri, part of a Stoke side that finished bottom of the Premier League. Haris Seferovic is their number 9, that hardly inspires confidence and the squad depth below him is very thin. Breel Embolo is a decent enough option but he’s not a traditional number 9.
Ultimately the Swiss will try and make this tough for Brazil and play for a point but the clear difference in quality is there for all to see and Brazil should get the job done fairly comfortably.
Brazil have no new injury concerns, Neymar is back to full fitness.
Admir Mehmedi is out for the Swiss.
Potential Brazil Starting XI: Allison, Danilo, Miranda, Marquinhos, Marcelo, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Willian, Coutinho, Neymar, Jesus.
Potential Switzerland Starting XI: Sommer, Lichsteiner, Schär, Djourou, Rodriguez, Xhaka, Dzemaili, Behrami, Zuber, Shaqiri, Seferovic.
Head To Head
- The only previous meeting in the World Cup between these two was way back in 1950 where they shared a 2-2 draw.
Key Stats & Facts
- Brazil are unbeaten in their last 12 World Cup group games (W10, D2).
- – Brazil have won 16 out of their last 18 World Cup group game openers.
- -Brazil recorded the best points in CONMEBOL qualifying since Argentina in 2002.
- Brazil – 2/5
- Draw – 4/1
- Switzerland – 9/1
Brazil are rightfully heavily odds on favourites, it’s just a case of finding an angle to get with them at a more palatable quote. Given the fact it is a first round game and Switzerland’s probable defensive set up I’m going to side with a Brazil win in a game featuring less than 4 goals at odds against.