Brazil will face a resolute Swiss crew as they appear to qualify for the final 16 with out their star participant Neymar.
Who: Brazil vs Switzerland, Group G
The place: Stadium 974
When: Monday at 7pm (16:00 GMT)
Fifa rankings: Brazil 1, Switzerland 15
Brazil, buoyed by a 2-0 win in opposition to Serbia of their opening sport, will look to guide their place within the final 16 as they face off in opposition to a well-drilled Switzerland crew.
They are going to be with out their star participant Neymar, who picked up an ankle harm throughout Brazil’s opening fixture and has been dominated out for 2 video games.
Richarlison impressed in opposition to Serbia, bagging a second-half brace, which introduced his scoring to 9 targets in seven appearances for Brazil. His second level, a surprising acrobatic right-footed volley, is arguably the aim of the event thus far.
Switzerland will definitely be inspired by Serbia’s first-half defensive show, which saved Brazil at bay and required a second of particular person brilliance to interrupt the impasse.
Brazil are ranked primary on the earth however lacked any actual aptitude and creativity in opposition to a lacklustre Serbia, which did not provide any actual moments of pleasure.
Switzerland are hardworking and disciplined and have been troublesome to beat in recent times. They famously knocked out France at Euro 2020, leaving the world champions preventing amongst themselves as they exited the event.
Right here in Qatar, Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0 in a cagey first sport. Breel Embolo scored the match’s solely aim after an ideal cross throughout the field from former Liverpool and Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
Brazil are favourites for this match, however with out the creativity of Neymar, they may wrestle in opposition to a Swiss crew that boasts a sturdy defence and a few spectacular leads to latest months, together with wins in opposition to Spain and Portugal.
Danilo may even miss the sport for Brazil after choosing up an harm. The 39-year-old Dani Alves is ready to take his spot at proper again. Manchester United’s Fred will probably be introduced in to supply some defensive cowl.
Brazil may make historical past in the event that they keep away from defeat to Switzerland. They’re undefeated of their earlier 16 World Cup group-stage video games, final dropping almost a quarter-century in the past within the first spherical to Norway in 1998. No crew has ever gone 17 group-stage matches and not using a defeat.
The 2 groups have met at two earlier World Cups in 1950 and 2018 with each matches ending in a draw. If both Brazil or Switzerland break that sample on Monday, they’re assured a spot within the subsequent spherical.