Switzerland look to shock the world and start their World Cup campaign with a win over Brazil.
Brazil will look to assert their dominance early in Group E against a tough Swiss team ranked sixth in the FIFA world rankings. After an injury scare for attacking star Neymar, Brazil look to be healthy and in-form heading into the 2018 World Cup. They will be sure to not take their opponents lightly, as Switzerland are their toughest competition within the group. Midfielder Granit Xhaka picked up a small knee injury in training, but he looks to be healthy and ready to lead his country against the favored Brazilian side.
Switzerland head into this match in fine form also, securing wins over Panama, Japan and managing a tie against the lethal Spain squad in their warm-up games. They’ve never managed to advance past the first knockout round in their history, so this squad looks like one that could set a new precedent. As for Brazil, their rich history speaks for itself. Brazil are five time World Cup winners and their new manager Tite has changed the culture for a squad that were embarrassed 7-1 by the Germans. With both squads rolling as they are, this should be an entertaining matchup.
Brazil’s offense is one to be reckoned with. Led by Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus and world-class PSG superstar Neymar, the attack of Brazil is sure to keep opposing defenders up at night. Even if you’re able to stop the strikers, Brazil also have a man by the name of Coutinho supporting in the midfield. Marcelo, Danilo and the other Brazilian defenders will have their hands full too, as Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri will look to exploit holes in the defense and create chances. Should Switzerland be able to get an early goal, they may be able to sit back and defend enough to keep this match interesting until the end. If we learned anything from Iceland and Argentina, it is that good defense can keep a match close.
Brazil should be a force to be reckoned with.
Since Tite’s reign began, Brazil have only lost once in their last 21 matches. They won 17 of those matches and scored a staggering 47 goals throughout the stretch. Despite Neymar’s limited playing time after recovering from foot surgery, his strike against Austria showed that he’s feeling healthy and that Brazil should be a force to be reckoned with.