Preview: Brazil vs. Switzerland – team news, lineups, prediction

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Favorites entering the tournament On Monday at Stadium 974, Brazil will play Switzerland in a World Cup Group G match.

Brazil met the standards set for them prior to the finals with a convincing victory in their opening game.

Serbia, Brazil’s first opponent, was thought to be one of the tournament’s dark horses, but the Selecao’s overwhelming victory left them looking rather ordinary.

Richarlison’s two goals in the second half gave Tite’s team a 2-0 victory over the Balkan nation for their complete dominance from the opening whistle to the final whistle.

The forward responded to his detractors and put on the kind of performance that convinced Spurs to spend £60 million to wrest him away from Everton after some debate in both the Brazilian and British press over whether Richarlison warranted a start given his inconsistent start at Tottenham Hotspur.

He and Brazil hope to return to the Lusail Stadium for the final in three weeks, and based on their performance on Thursday, they have a good chance of doing so. His brilliant second goal lit up the stadium.

The five-time World Cup champions have now won eight games in a row, and they haven’t lost since losing the 2021 Copa America final.

They have scored 28 goals in those eight victories, and even though they only scored two against Serbia, they should have scored a lot more.

Serbia had good fortune. Brazil missed numerous opportunities, but Vanja Milinkovic-Savic was in top form in goal as they racked up 24 shots and easily silenced the Europeans.

In their opening-day victory over Cameroon, Switzerland were significantly more effective, getting the job done despite not lighting up the competition.

Yann Sommer was also seldom ever put to the test, which can be attributed to both Cameroon’s dearth of talent and the Swiss team’s strong foundation.

Switzerland now plays with a back four under Murat Yakin as opposed to Vladimir Petkovic’s favoured five-at-the-back system, although the efficiency is the same.

Yakin will have been pleased with the victory and the clean sheet because it was only the second time in their previous ten games that they were able to shut out the opposition, although many of those games were against top-tier competition in the Nations League.

There is no doubt that they will make it difficult for Brazil, just as they did in the last World Cup when they held them to a 1-1 tie. They did, however, concede just once in their final six qualifiers following Euro 2020 when Yakin came in.

After beating Spain and Portugal earlier in the streak, they now have four straight victories in meaningful games; making it five against Brazil would really get people’s attention.

Breel Embolo, a striker for Switzerland, had a moving moment in their opening game when he scored against Cameroon, the nation of his birth. On the biggest stage of them all, he celebrated in a respectful manner.

Neymar will miss the remainder of the group stage due to an ankle ligament injury he sustained in the closing minutes of the encounter against Serbia, according to the big news coming out of the Brazil team following the match.

Granted that the PSG star is given a free role for his country, Tite may need to make some tactical changes without him, which might open the door for midfielders like Fred to enter the game.

Due to a similar injury, right-back Danilo will also miss the remainder of the group stage, which could allow Dani Alves to play in a World Cup game for the first time since 2014.

 

Eder Militao of Real Madrid is most likely to go to the right side of the defense, though.

Fabian Schar can no longer start as Switzerland’s third center-back due to the formation alteration; instead, Nico Elvedi and Manuel Akanji are selected over the Newcastle United player.

Given that Denis Zakaria has had a challenging year with both Juventus and Chelsea, he wasn’t even taken off the bench.

However, Yakin’s overall selection was not particularly surprising, and he is not expected to make many changes for this match.

Alisson, Eder Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro, Casemiro, Fred, Paqueta, Raphinha, Richarlison, and Vinicius Junior might be Brazil’s starting lineup.

Possible starting lineup for Switzerland includes Sommer, Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez, Freuler, Xhaka, Sow, Shaqiri, Embolo, and Vargas.

Being practical, Switzerland will probably play defensively against all of Brazil’s skilled attackers better than Serbia did.

Many members of this Swiss team participated in the match between the two nations in Russia 2018, but Brazil is more menacing this time and should win.




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