Tite's Brazil looking to produce statement of intent against well-organised Switzerlandby Chloe Beresford / 17 June 2018, 08:24Tweet
Tite’s Brazil go into this tournament with big expectations and will be looking to produce a statement of intent in their opening match versus a well-organised Switzerland.
The pair have only met once before in the World Cup back in 1950, and a repeat of the 2-2 scoreline from that match would be a dream for the Swiss in 2018.
While Switzerland have a problem in the striker department - striker Hans Seferovic disliked by supporters for his lack of ability to finish chances - Brazil have no end of firepower, the front three alone of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Willian a scary prospect indeed for the opposition backline. Yet in defence this side are a well-organised unit, so we may not see the Selecao running up a cricket score here.
Brazil are of course, the hot favourites to win this Group E encounter, and therefore a bet on this outcome would not yield the best odds. However considering the improved defensive record of this side under Tite, a bet of over 2.5 goals in the match and the other side not to score is available at 4/1 on Bet365, a decent return on a likely outcome.
Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic will likely counter Brazil’s 4-3-3 with a 4-2-3-1, but a look at their opponent’s 3-0 win over Austria in a recent warm-up friendly only serves to demonstrate the power of this side.
"The concentration and competitiveness of the team was laudable," Tite revealed to the press after the match.
"Today was another example that, mentally, we are maturing. It was a difficult match, with heavy physical contact and we did really well.
"I don't know Neymar's limits," the Coach continued, referring to a wonder-goal scored by the PSG star.
"His technical and creative capacity is impressive. When we get him in the final third of the pitch he is lethal."
Pictured: Tite, Brazil Manager
BetBright offer 13/5 on Neymar to score first, however the same site list 7/1 on the forward to score and to be carded, perhaps something worth looking at especially bearing in mind his record of four yellow cards in 20 starts in Ligue 1 last term. 12/1 on Xherdan Shaqiri to score first is also a decent offering, considering the Stoke City man is this side’s most talented attacking threat.
There’s also value in paying attention to AC Milan left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, the 25-year-old having scored in both of Switzerland’s warm-up matches versus Spain and Japan. He is available on BetBright at 17/2 to find the net anytime, a defender who likes to get forward worth a punt.
That said, Brazil do have quality all over the pitch and it will be a big ask for The Nati to take anything at all from this match. Even as the match moves towards full-time, Tite has plenty of options on the bench, Juventus “super-sub” Douglas Costa having assisted 12 times from open play in Serie A last term, often coming on part-way through the game to make an impact for the Bianconeri.
Prediction Brazil 2-0 Switzerland