Brazil and Switzerland are both looking to make it back-to-back wins at the 2022 World Cup when they square off in Group G on Monday.
Five-time World Cup winners Brazil had to show patience to get beyond Serbia in their opening game but a second-half brace from Richarlison saw them get off to a winning start courtesy of a 2-0 victory.
Switzerland also kicked off their campaign with a win but they didn’t catch the eye as Breel Embolo’s strike was enough to see them edge past Cameroon 1-0.
If Cameroon and Serbia play to a draw in the other Group G game at 10:00 on Monday, Brazil and Switzerland will know a win will be enough to guarantee a last-16 spot.
Brazil vs Switzerland Betting Tips
Brazil have confirmed that Neymar will miss the rest of the group stage after the Paris Saint-Germain forward sustained ankle ligament damage in the latter stages of the win over Serbia.
Neymar was deployed in a free role during that clash and Tite may have to shuffle things around tactically to fill the gap with Fred, who came off the bench last time out, a possibility to come in to ensure Brazil have a balanced midfield.
Right-back Danilo has also been ruled out until the last-16 fixtures with a similar injury and 39-year-old Dani Alves could step in to appear at a World Cup for the first time since 2014, although it’s more likely that Real Madrid’s Eder Militao slots in.
Following the appointment of Murat Yakin in 2021, Switzerland have tended to play primarily with a back four rather than a defensive five and that isn’t likely to be any different against Brazil.
Yakin has reported no injury issues ahead of the encounter with the Selecao and he should stick with the same XI.
Under 2.5 goals @ 5/6
Brazil are the 5/2 favourites to win the World Cup so it was no surprise to see Serbia adopt a defensive philosophy in their attempt to stifle the South Americans.
That approach worked in the first half with the two sides heading down the tunnel at 0-0, however, Brazil moved through the gears in the second period as they registered 19 shots and went on to score twice.
The blueprint is there for Switzerland to follow if they want to take something from this game – going toe-to-toe with Brazil could see them ripped apart – but they’ll be hoping to sustain it for the full 90 minutes.
Ultimately, Brazil should have enough quality, whether on the pitch from the start or from the bench, to find a way through to secure victory but it’s unlikely to be a high-scoring triumph.
It’s worth noting that four of Switzerland’s last six outings have seen fewer than three goals scored.
#PickYourPunt – Richarlison to score & Brazil to take over 3.5 corners @ 11/8
Richarlison made a fine start to his World Cup campaign when scoring both goals in Brazil’s opening game to further extend his fantastic record in front of the target for his national side.
He has scored nine times in his last seven appearances for Brazil and it’s easy to see why Tite likes to start him through the middle.
The Tottenham man to score anytime makes up half of our #PickYourPunt selection along with Brazil to take over 3.5 corners.
Brazil comfortably covered that against Serbia, taking six corners, and with Switzerland expected to have their backs to the wall, it should easily come in again.