Brazil, the champions of 2002, have been disappointing ever since the retirement of their golden generation and a 7-1 semi-final humiliation versus Germany back in their own backyard four years ago witnessed the new low of Selecao football.
However, Brazil’s World Cup journey is set to commence from Sunday night when they will be contesting Switzerland and their current squad, under Tite, seems to be a rejuvenated force once more. The Selecao finished as the leaders in their qualifying campaign from CONMEBOL and are tipped as one of the favorites to lift the title.
Switzerland, qualified through play-offs defeating Northern Ireland, have some familiar faces, but a fixture against Brazil is always challenging, hence, clinching a victory will be an uphill task for Die Nati.
Brazil vs Switzerland Injury Update:
The return of Neymar in full action must be the biggest relief for the Selecao, however, a training injury of midfield star Fred remained a concern. But the new Manchester United signing has returned to team training and likely to be available for tomorrow’s fixture.
Switzerland had a huge blow when Granit Xhaka looked devasted following a knee injury during team training, but a scan and further assessment has revealed that the injury is not at all a serious one and the Arsenal midfielder has been cleared to live up his World Cup dream.
Brazil vs Switzerland Probable Lineups:
Brazil vs Switzerland Last Meeting:
Their last meeting was an international friendly back in 2013 where the Swiss claimed a shock 1-0 win over the Selecao. A Dani Alves own goal was enough for the home side to clinch a massive win.
Brazil vs Switzerland Key Players:
A star-studded Brazil lineup will mostly rely on their deadly trio of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, and Gabriel Jesus. Neymar, who had an injury nightmare in the quarter-final against Colombia in the previous edition of this tournament, is back in business after recovering from a recent metatarsal injury and ready to carry his nation forward towards a title glory.
Switzerland have a few European stars in their lineup, however, all eyes will be on Xherdan Shaqiri, labeled as the ‘Alpine Messi’, who netted a hat-trick the last term and will be determined to impress again shaking off the disappointment of his club season with relegated Stoke City. Granit Xhaka, Ricardo Rodriguez, and Stephen Lichtsteiner will be influential as well in order to make them qualify for the knockouts.
Brazil vs Switzerland Head-To-Head Stats:
Brazil Win: 3
Switzerland Win: 2
Brazil vs Switzerland Latest Form (Latest Result First):
Brazil vs Switzerland Betting Odds (Subject to Change):
Brazil vs Switzerland Live Streaming:
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