Football: FIFA World Cup, Group G, Round 2
Team: Brazil vs Switzerland
Stadium: Stadium 974
Time: 28.11.2022, 19:00
Tournament favorites Group G's Brazil and Switzerland square off on Monday at Stadium 974. Brazil's opening match victory more than lived up to the high standards set for them going into the tournament.Claim Your Sign-Up Bonus!
Line-ups for the Match
Brazil Starting 11 (4-3-3): Alison, Marquinhos, Silva, Danilo, Alex Sandro, Casemiro, Paqueta, Anthony, Raphinha, Vinicius, Richardlison.
Switzerland Starting 11 (4-3-3): Sommer, Akanji, Elvedi, Widmer, Rodriguez, Freuler, Sow, Xhaka, Shaqiri, Vargas, Embolo.
Last Five Matches: WWWWW
FIFA World Ranking: 1st
Richarlison scored twice in the second half to lead Tite's team to a 2-0 victory over the Balkan nation. After the significant controversy in both the Brazilian and British press about whether Richarlison warranted a start given his mixed start at Tottenham Hotspur, the attacker addressed his critics and put on the kind of display that caused Spurs to invest £60m to take him from Everton. His wonderful second goal lit up the Lusail Stadium, the same site he and Brazil will aspire to return to for the final in three weeks, and based on their display on Thursday, they have a very good chance of doing so. The five-time World Cup champions extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with that triumph, and they haven't lost since the 2021 Copa America final. Throughout those eight victories, they scored 28 goals; despite scoring just twice versus Serbia, they were the superior team. A combination of Brazil's missed opportunities and a stellar performance from Vanja Milinkovic-Savic in the net allowed Serbia to pile up 24 shots and comfortably silence the Europeans.
Last Five Matches: WLWWW
FIFA World Ranking: 15th
Under new manager Murat Yakin, Switzerland plays with a back four instead of the five-at-the-back formation favored by Vladimir Petkovic. The win and clean sheet must have been especially satisfying for Yakin, considering it was just the team's second such performance in their previous ten matches (and only their second in the Nations League), even though many of those matches were against top-tier opponents. Like Yakin took over after Euro 2020, they only let in one goal in their final six qualifiers, so they will give Brazil a run for their money, just as they did in the last World Cup when they tied with them 1-1. With their victory on Thursday, they have now won four consecutive competitive matches in a row, including victories over Spain and Portugal; a fifth consecutive win against Brazil would cause widespread attention. When Swiss striker Breel Embolo scored against his own Cameroon in their opening match, he celebrated extremely subduedly on the world's largest platform out of respect for his origin country.
Brazil vs Switzerland Prediction
After Brazil's game against Serbia, the team announced that Neymar, who suffered an ankle ligament injury late in the game, would be sidelined for the remainder of the group stage. Switzerland will take a practical approach, and they should defend better than Serbia against Brazil's brilliant attackers. Many of these Swiss teams competed in the 2018 World Cup match between the two countries, but Brazil appears to be the stronger team and should win.
Prediction: It's safe to assume that Switzerland will want to make things difficult for Brazil in this game. But Selaco's attacking prowess was fully displayed in their victory over Serbia. Therefore, we anticipate that Brazil's incredible and relentless intensity will carry them to victory in this encounter.
Brazil vs Switzerland: Betting Tips
- Brazil to Win and Over 1.5
- Both Teams to Score No
- Correct Score 2-0
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