World Cup favourites, Brazil, kick off their campaign against Switzerland on Sunday in Rostov. The Selecao will be desperate to atone for the embarrassment of losing 7-1 in the semi-finals on home soil four years ago. They won’t have things all their own way against a solid Swiss side who are ranked number six in the world on the FIFA rankings though. Both of these sides come into the World Cup in good form and we could be in for a real game on Sunday evening in Rostov.
Brazil were superb during qualifying for this World Cup, losing just once in the South American qualifying section and finishing ten points clear of their nearest rivals. Brazil come into this tournament unbeaten in their last eleven matches and having only tasted defeat once in their previous 21 games. Brazilian fans will have been delighted that Neymar has managed to prove his fitness ahead of the tournament with the PSG forward grabbing a goal in each of the final two warm up matches as he continues his rehabilitation from injury. Brazil boast a superb squad featuring quality players all over the pitch with Alisson, Marcelo, Philipe Coutinho, Neymar and Gabriel Jesus being some of the best players at the tournament.
Just like Brazil, Switzerland come into the World Cup in fine form, having lost just one of their last 17 matches. This side are solid defensively, having conceded just eight goals in those 17 games and with left back, Ricardo Rodriguez being one of their standout players. Despite this Swiss side being ranked sixth in the world, they are nowhere near the quality of the other sides in the top ten and are only there after some smart friendly scheduling and a very weak World Cup Qualifying group. They do have the ability to cause Brazil problems on Sunday though and manager Vladimir Petkovic will be dreaming of springing an upset.
Brazil are quite rightly favourites for this World Cup, and after poor performances from France and Argentina in their opening group games, plenty of people will betting on the Brazilians to lift the trophy next month. They should have too much quality to beat a Switzerland side who may struggle to score goals in this tournament and I’m backing a comfortable Brazil win on Sunday.
Betting Tips (Coral)
Brazil start this game as favourites at odds of 2/5, whilst an away win for Switzerland is priced up at 15/2, with the draw available at 7/2. Brazil come into this tournament in superb form and I can’t see Switzerland stopping them on Sunday. Brazil to win and Over 2.5 Goals at 23/20 looks like an excellent bet here, and I do think that Brazil could score three or four in this one. Brazil are not always talked about as being solid defensively, but they have conceded just five goals in their last 21 games here. If you back Brazil to win to nil in this game, you can get odds of 6/5 and that also looks like a good bet to me. Neymar has looked raring to go in the final two warm up games and he is priced up at 5/2 to open the scoring on Sunday.
Brazil to Win & Over 2.5 Goals – 23/20 (Coral)