Brazil v Switzerland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 13, 2018
Rostov Arena - World Cup Group E
One of the World Cup favourites get underway on Sunday evening, when Tite's Brazil take on Switzerland at the Rostov Arena. The Selecao are looking good and are fully expected to start with a win here.
These teams have met three times, both winning a game apiece and drawing the other. Switzerland won the most recent fixture between the countries, which was a friendly back in 2013. The only time they’ve met in a competitive fixture was at the 1950 World Cup, with the game in Sao Paulo ending 2-2.
The big news for Brazil is that Neymar is fit again after recovering from a broken foot. New Manchester United signing Fred picked up a knock in training but should be okay to play, although he’s likely to have to settle for a place on the bench.
In-demand Stoke forward Xherdan Shaqiri will lead Switzerland’s challenge at the World Cup, and he needs to be fit and firing for them to have any chance on Sunday. Arsenal man Granit Xhaka will anchor Vladimir Petkovic’s midfield.
Brazil v Switzerland Preview and Predictions
It’s tough to see anything but a Brazil victory in their opening game against Switzerland. The Selecao have won both of their warm-up fixtures without conceding a goal, although Switzerland are no mugs themselves and could cause the odd problem.
Neymar has bagged twice since making his comeback from the injury that kept him out for the remainder of Paris Saint-Germain’s season. With the likes of Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho around him, big things are expected of Brazil’s No.10.
Tite’s side are priced at 1/2 for the win, while Switzerland are available as long as 17/2 for the upset. The Swiss drew their first warm-up friendly against another favourite for the World Cup, Spain, and beat Japan 2-0 last week.
Petkovic guided his team to nine wins out of 10 in qualifying for the summer showpiece, but Portugal pipped them to top spot, forcing Switzerland into the play-offs where they beat Northern Ireland. Although a Swiss win is unlikely, they have the potential to cause a shock of sorts, with the draw priced at 77/20.
Neymar to score anytime at 11/10
One of the potential stars of the World Cup, Neymar will be keen to impress from the get-go, and he’s 10/3 to score first.
Brazil to win to nil at 23/20
Switzerland don’t have all that many goals in them, and failed to score against Northern Ireland at home in the second leg of their play-off.