Brazil – Switzerland

Brazil had no trouble qualifying for this World Cup as best team from the CONMEBOL zone, but their last World Cup game ended in 7-1 defeat against Germany. Now they will be very motivated to go all the way after failing to do so at home four years ago, and Brazil arguably have much better squad now in comparison to four years ago.

Brazil winning this group is certainty, but Swiss are no pushovers. Anyhow, the offensive power and strong defensive line that Brazil have are hard to match, so they are not expected to have big problems in this opening fixture.

Brazil`s only absentee will be the injured defender Dani Alves who is replaced by Manchester City`s right-back Danilo. The attacking line looks extremely powerful with Neymar, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus. Willian, Casemiro and Paulinho are also attacking-minded midfielders, so Brazil have no problems up-front.

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Interesting fact is that last time Brazil played against Switzerland was in a friendly match back in 2013 and they lost that game with 1-0.

Switzerland won in 9 of their 10 qualifying games for this World Cup. However, that was not enough for them to qualify automatically and they had to play two games against Northern Ireland to reach this tournament.

Anyhow, Switzerland have a solid and very experienced squad. The team is not changed much since the last two World Cups and all players that played in Brazil 2014 are back again in Russia. The only change in the squad is the replacement of the injured Bundesliga player Admir Mehmedi who is expected to be replaced with Steven Zuber in the attack.

Switzerland are defensive-oriented team and they usually do not concede many goals. They are known as a tough nut to crack, but their attack is also not very good as they often struggle to create chances and score goals in their competitive games.

Brazil will certainly start strong from the start and will press hard on their opponents. Switzerland will heavily defend here hoping to earn at least one point. Brazil to win is almost certain, but odds on their win are not that big.

Considering the fact that Brazil rarely concedes goals and they have also kept a clean sheet in each of their last five friendly games against Germany, England, Russia, Austria and Croatia, in this game I would back Brazil to win to nil at better odds.

Prediction: Brazil to win Over 2.5 goals @1.80 in

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