2018 FIFA World Cup – Brazil vs Switzerland Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 17th June, 19:00

Where? Rostov Arena

What channel is it on? ITV1

Where can I stream the match? The match can be streamed online via ITV Player

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/group-e-brazil-switzerland-costa-rica-serbia-tickets/ca5915

THE TEAM NEWS

BRAZIL

  • There is big motivation for Brazil coming into this tournament after the 7-1 humiliation on their home turf to Germany four years ago, and this team is virtually completely different to the one that played that match.
  • They romped through qualifying to reach Russia and there is a steely determination about them here to get back to the top and after Neymar returned to action after missing the end of the season with Paris St Germain, that was a great relief to them.
  • Winning this opening match is paramount to them and their belief so expect them to start fast despite facing a difficult opponent in Switzerland, and while they have plenty of creative and attacking options, the solid core to their midfield will protect what is a strong defence and excellent goalkeeper behind them.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3):

Alisson

Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo

Casemiro, Paulinho, Coutinho

Willian, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Fred, Douglas Costa, Renato Augusto

SWITZERLAND

  • Switzerland won nine of their ten matches in qualifying but they still had to go through a play-off in which they edged past Northern Ireland and their hopes and expectations will be to reach the knockout phase in Russia.
  • Goals look difficult to come by for them once again as they lack a prolific striker so they will rely on their talented playmakers like Shaqiri to produce moments of magic and he will be as motivated as ever as he tries to find a new club.
  • They will expect to be on the back foot for most of the game and they will set out to keep a clean sheet so expect 11 men in their own half for long spells and targeting counter attacks and set pieces to snatch a goal.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):

Sommer

Lichtsteiner, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez

Xhaka, Zakaria

Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber

Seferovic

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None

THE PREDICTION

Brazil will really want to set a marker down in this opening game and they will start fast. Switzerland are one of the teams they would least like to have faced as they are a tough team to break down and will work incredibly hard, but that may not be enough here. This is a young and energetic Brazil team with plenty of quality and creativity, and it will be tough for the Swiss to stop them for 90 minutes. This Brazil side are strong at the back too so this Swiss team that is low on firepower may struggle to create themselves, so expect the likes of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus to trouble veterans like Lichtsteiner and ultimately expose them.