Head-To-Head:Brazil and Switzerland’s last and only encounter in a World Cup was in 1950 on the Brazilian soil which ended in a 2-2 draw. But, since then Brazil Vs Switzerland fixtures have taken place for seven more times with Brazil winning 3 times, losing twice and two games ending in a tie.
Brazil:The five-time champions will be looking for redemption after being humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the Semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup that took place on the Brazilian soil. The Selecao look to have returned to their best under coach Tite being the first team to qualify for the biggest stage of football. Brazil have lost only one of their qualifying matches while winning 12 of the games out of 18. They are one of the favourites to win the World Cup, for a record sixth time and look really impressive under the management of head coach Tite.
Moreover, Brazil boasts of a deadly and lethal front-line of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firminho, Willian and Douglas Costa, with each being threatening enough to wreck havoc on any defense by themselves. Also, their defense and midfield look pretty amazing too with the presence of Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Marquinhos, Casemiro, Fernandinho, etc.
Stats for Brazil NT:— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) June 10, 2018
Neymar: 85 games, 55 goals & 33 assists
Philippe Coutinho: 37 games, 10 goals & 5 assists
Gabriel Jesus: 17 games, 10 goals & 5 assists
Canarinhos' attacking force is terrifying! ?? pic.twitter.com/KJqxyVt8fR
Key Players:Neymar (Paris St. Germain) Being the costliest player on the planet, this man needs no introduction. Obviously being one of the most important pieces of the Brazil squad, Neymar will have major responsibilities on his shoulders and will have to deliver either by assisting for a goal or by scoring himself. 2006 FIFA World Cup, Neymar should be playing at his best and give a repetition of the performances he showed for PSG this season. Thiago Silva (Paris St. Germain) The PSG defender will be their main man in defense to stop any recurrence of the 2014 World Cup nightmare. Thiago Silva has averaged 4.3 clearances and 1.1 tackles per game with overall rating of over 7 for PSG this season. This kind of performance or may be better is needed if Brazil hope to win the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia starting with tonight’s Brazil Vs Switzerland clash.
Silva needs to be rock solid and will be entrusted with the duty of holding the back-line aligned and organised. Moreover, Brazil are more confident now and have moved over the 7-1 demolition as was stated by Thiago Silva in a press conference.
THIAGO SILVA:— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) June 14, 2018
"I told #Neymar that after the bad moment he was living, there will come a moment of glory. I told him this in front of the whole group, and he worked so hard to recover in time, and now he's with us for the World Cup." pic.twitter.com/MdET1QpVTk
“The 7-1 is no longer in our heads, we have the level to be world champions again and re-write our history,”
Switzerland:Standing in Brazil’s way is the sixth placed team in the world, Switzerland after winning nine games in a row en route to Russia during the qualifying rounds. Switzerland stand unbeaten coming into the biggest tournament of football including a 1-1 draw against Spain in the warm-up matches. Moreover, head coach Vladimir Petkovic has admitted that he will be taking special measures for Neymar as well as other Brazilian forwards, leading Switzerland into a FIFA World Cup for the first time for tonight’s Brazil Vs Switzerland game. Petkovic was quoted as saying:
“Of course Neymar is an exceptional player,”
“We have to prepare mentally to play against such strong players.”
However, Switzerland will be without talented Wolfsburg forward Admir Mehmedi due to an injury.
#Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said his side must be prepared to win ugly in Sunday’s World Cup Group E opener against the footballing beauty of #Brazil and their talented forward line, led by the dazzling #Neymar https://t.co/wzls0mov1a pic.twitter.com/ibY6BiWdp5— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) June 16, 2018
Key Players:Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) Undoubtedly one of the best football talents, the Stoke City winger is blessed with a strong left foot and very accurate with set-pieces and finishing. According to stats, he has averaged a shot accuracy of 62% and pass accuracy of 81% this season, which is pretty good for a player playing in a struggling Stoke City team.
This FIFA World Cup might be his time to shine and will be one of the key Swiss players for tonight’s Brazil Vs Switzerland.
? | Ricardo Rodriguez’s goal against Spain ???⚫️pic.twitter.com/WHBhBvx4gd— Milan Eye (@MilanEye) June 3, 2018