Betting tip World Cup 2018: Brazil - Switzerland

Sunday, 17.06.2018 at 20:00 o’clock (CET)

Tournament gets underway for the record-setting world champions

One of the huge favorites to win the World Cup title in Russia begins their campaign this coming Sunday. We’re talking about the Brazilian national team, whose first fixture pits them against Switzerland. A match in which they intend to live up to their reputation as favorites. In our World Cup betting tips, we provide you with all the important facts and figures about this match as well. Kickoff is at 8 PM on June 17 (CET).

Brazil

  • enormously talented team
  • only one defeat in the last 15 matches
  • very flexible offensively

Switzerland

  • opponent under greater pressure
  • enormously efficient recently

Current Form of Brazil

After their humiliating defeat (1:7) at the hands of Germany in the semifinals of their home World Cup, Brazil appears ready to eradicate all memories of that disgrace. This had become abundantly clear by the time they had successfully qualified for Russia. The team of coach Tite dominated Group A. In 18 matches, they chalked up a very strong 41 points, finishing that campaign with a 10-point advantage over second-place Uruguay. Furthermore, a goal differential of +30 clearly demonstrated how strong their team was in every phase of the game. 31 goals equate to an average of more than 2 per match, meaning that it would be reasonable to consider a wager on more than 2.5 goals for this upcoming duel with Switzerland. And with only 11 goals-against, the Tite squad performed better defensively than all other teams in their group. One advantage in comparison to the last World Cup: Brazil now boasts a “true” number 9, sure to be fed with lots of great balls from his teammates. We’re talking about Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, who had a hit first season in England and whose technical skills mesh perfectly with the already-strong striking capabilities of the record world champions. There is no question whatsoever that the Brazilian squad is one of the best in the tournament. In addition, Neymar, the team’s absolute superstar, has timed his return to fitness perfectly, producing an array of strong performances during his comeback. As we saw just last Sunday against Austria (3:0) and when he was brought on during the match against Croatia. Clear strengths: Brazil has won all of its internationals in 2018, not conceding a single goal in the process. Bearing that in mind, a bet on a “win to nil” success by the South Americans is certainly worthy of consideration. Aside from Austria and Croatia (2:0), they also managed to beat the reigning world champions from Germany (1:0) as well as World Cup hosts Russia (3:0). The fact is, practically every player on the squad is capable of scoring a goal at any time, players like Firminho, Coutinho and Willian provide enormous dynamism, ball control and tempo. No wonder, then, that they were so thoroughly convincing against Austria, playing with complete enthusiasm and, in phases, barely giving their opponents any breathing space whatsoever, also shutting down their opponents defensively. Coach Tite does indeed have an experienced defense he can build on, should he choose to place his confidence in Marquinhos and Thiago Silva. After all: Both of them are under contract at PSG and know each other inside and out. Brazil has only lost one of their last 15 international matches, suggesting that nothing stands in the way of a victory over Switzerland.

Current Form of Switzerland

A real challenge awaits Switzerland. The team of Vladimir Petkovic will have to go up against their toughest opponent in the group right at the outset. The fact that they do so armed with a certain degree of self-confidence is certainly understandable based on their most recent results. In their preparations for the World Cup finals, the Swiss were quite convincing in their own right: Against Japan just a few days ago, they celebrated a clear 2:0 victory, though a 1:1 draw against former World Cup and European Champion Spain likely gave them an even greater boost of confidence. As we watched them, one thing became quite apparent: The Swiss are focused on fielding a stable defensive unit, only allowing their Iberian opponents 4 really good opportunities over the course of 90 minutes. This becomes even more remarkable when we consider the fact that the Swiss only had ball possession for 37% of that same match. Add to that the enormous efficiency in their game up front which the Petkovic squad discovered in their preparations for the World Cup. The goal scored by Ricardo Rodriguez was simultaneously the only shot on goal the Swiss had in their match against Spain. And we can say the same thing about how they played against Japan. Though the Swiss controlled significantly more of the match (55%), their success rate when it came to shooting opportunities was once again 100%. Of their 2 shots on goal, they managed to put both in the back of the net. However, it is beyond question that the Petkovic team simply doesn’t compare with that of Brazil. Which doesn’t mean the Swiss don’t have a strong squad. Especially on the wings where Shaqiri and Embolo were most recently deployed, they are quite capable of hurting a lot of teams. And the stability of their defense was amply demonstrated in the course of their qualifying campaign for the finals, during which they managed to beat Portugal 2:0 and also came out on top in the subsequent playoffs against Northern Ireland (0:0 and 1:0). One advantage the Swiss do have: Brazil will definitely take the initiative, meaning that there should be opportunities for quick counterattacks. Past performances have shown that the Swiss are quite capable of standing their own against the “Selecao”. Of their last five duels with the record-holding world champions, the Swiss did not lose 3 of those. And in fact, in their last match the Swiss actually managed to celebrate a 1:0 victory. An interesting tidbit: In 5 of the previous 8 encounters between these 2 teams, a total of 2.5 goals was not exceeded, a wagering tip that might well offer attractive odds this coming Sunday. This also applied to 3 of the previous 4 internationals played by Switzerland in 2018.

Betting Tip and Prediction

We found Brazil absolutely convincing in their last warm-up matches and believe the South Americans are one of the absolute top favorites to hoist the trophy. This is also reflected in our betting tip for their opening match against Switzerland: Tip 1, win to nil.

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