Brazil and Switzerland both opened their World Cup campaigns with a win. Brazil’s one was much easier, while the Swiss had to sweat to get the three points. Now it’s time for the clash of Brazil vs Switzerland, with the winner practically (or even mathematically, depending on the result of Cameroon vs Serbia) qualifying for the knockout stage.
Brazil vs Switzerland
Date: 28 November 2022
Time: 16:00 (GMT)
Venue: Stadium 974 (Doha)
Richarlison’s double led Brazil to a 2-0 win over Serbia. The second strike in particular was a pure moment of football genius, a magnificent bicycle kick that is (for now) the best goal of this World Cup. The Tottenham man is on fire, having scored nine goals in his last seven international appearances.
Brazil dominated the game from the first whistle and wasted many chances to score more. But the main story in the country is not that. It is that the team’s star player, Neymar, picked up an ankle injury, which will keep him sidelined for the remainder of the group stage. This might change the formation from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3, with Fred entering the Starting XI and Paqueta getting some more freedom on the pitch.
Danilo will also miss the rest of the group stage. Eder Militao is the most likely candidate to replace him at right-back, although a 39-year-old Dani Alves is also fighting for the position.
In order to take the win over Cameroon, Switzerland needed a strike by a Cameroonese-born player, Breel Embolo. He never celebrated the goal against his mother’s country but brought his side one step closer to the knockout stage.
Coach Murat Yakin will continue using his newly-adopted 4-3-3 formation, instead of the 3-5-2 we has opting for in the qualifiers, which means that Fabian Schar will once again begin the match from the bench, as Elvedi and Akanji are the preferred central defenders.
Brazil (4-3-3): Alisson; Eder Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Fred, Paqueta; Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Junior
Switzerland (4-3-3): Sommer; Widmer; Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka, Sow; Shaqiri, Embolo, Vargas
Brazil is the number-one favourite to win the World Cup. It is a formidable team, with plenty of options and a deep roster, and if the opener against Serbia showed us something is that the Brazilians are hungry for glory. Switzerland shouldn’t be too much of an obstacle.
Brazil vs Switzerland Pick: Brazil (-1.5) @2.50
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