World Cup Match 11: Brazil v Switzerland

Day 4 of the FIFA World Cup will come to a close when Brazil takes on Switzerland at the Rostov Arena under lights. Brazil are the ultimate entertainers and The Wolf says football lover’s will be provided with a show like no other!

Stats

What’s their current form?
Brazil has lost just 1 game since the start of the 2016-17 season, 1-0 to Argentina. They’ve had 17 wins and 3 draws in their other matches. They’ve played 4 games in 2018 and won them all; 3-0 v Russia and 1-0 v Germany in March then 2-0 v Croatia and 3-0 v Austria this month in their warm-up games.

Switzerland too have lost just the one game in the last two seasons, when they went down 2-0 to Portugal in October last year. They’ve had 14 wins and 2 draws aside from that loss. They’ve been very good in 2018, scoring a 1-0 win over Greece; handing Panama a 6-0 hiding; scoring a 1 all draw with heavyweights Spain and then beating Japan 2-0 just last week.

Lineups
Brazil: Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Coutinho, Fernandinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar.
Switzerland: Sommer; Lichsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Beharami; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic.

Any interesting facts I should know?
Brazil were the first side to qualify for the World Cup, outside of the automatic qualification of the host nation Russia. They notched 12 wins, 5 draws and a loss, scoring an impressive 41 goals and conceding just 11 to top their qualification group comfortably. Switzerland had to go through the second round of qualifying to reach the World Cup.

What should I be betting on?
Brazil to lead both halves.

Wolf’s Prediction

Switzerland may have 14 wins in their last 17 but The Wolf says records DO NOT matter when it comes to Brazil. He couldn’t care less when it comes to Switzerland’s results against Japan, Panama, Latvia, Andorra ect. Brazil have lost once in 21 matches and have made quality opponents look second rate over the last 12 months with wins over Germany, Croatia, Russia and Chile – two of which have already posting impressive wins at the World Cup. The Samba Kings have maintained clean sheets in each of their last 5, keeping Germany and England scoreless. The Swiss do not have the class in midfield to maintain possession and it means they will face an onslaught from Brazil. The South American with have close to 70% possession, if not more, and have never had trouble breaking down opposing defences. Those who though Ronaldo put on a show will have to tune in as Neymar is about to destroy the Swiss! He and Jesus have combined for 4 goals in Brazil’s last 3 matches so look for them to shine. Brazil to make a real statement!

Recommended Bets

Best: HT/FT – Brazil/Brazil ($2.00)
Value: Brazil 4+ goals ($5.75)
Pump It Up Special: Neymar & Jesus 3+ goals combined ($13.00)


FAQ’s

TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 9pm (local time) on June 17. In Australia, kick-off will be at 4am on June 18th.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Switzerland look to be fully fit while Brazil has a few injury concerns around Sandro (hamstring), Neymar (foot) and Alves (knee), however Neymar could very likely play in this match.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? These sides have met 8 times already, with honours fairly evenly shared. Brazil has won 3, Switzerland 2 and 3 games have been drawn. They last met in 2013 where it was Switzerland who scored a 1-0 victory.

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