Brazil and Switzerland have the opportunity to decide their place in the knockout stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup when they look horns on Monday.
Monday’s clash at Stadium 974 will be the 10th encounter across all competitions but just the third competitive meeting between Brazil and Switzerland.
Where: Stadium 974
When: Monday at 7 pm (16:00 GMT)
Fifa rankings: Brazil 1, Switzerland 15
Brazil is considered to top Group G, but Switzerland will be no pushovers. They won their first match too, taking down Cameroon 1-0 thanks to Breel Embolo’s goal.
While Switzerland is looking to win their opening two games at a World Cup for the first time, Brazil needs to secure their first place in the knockout stage, no matter what the second-place opponent will be. Because they absolutely come here for nothing but the sixth World Cup title, it’s a good way to show up their strength.
Still, Brazil will be without Neymar when he’s been suffering an ankle injury against Serbia. Although the Brazilian star will miss the encounter with Switzerland, manager Tite was confident he will come back on the upcoming stage in Qatar.
Due to the absence of Neymar, Tite may need some tactical change, so it’s probably a chance for midfielders like Fred to come in.
Right-back Danilo will also miss the rest of the group stage with the same injury as Neymar, resulting in an opportunity for Dani Alves to appear in a World Cup for the first time since 2014. And Eder Militao may be more likely the man to come in on the right-hand side of the defense.
Adjustments from Switzerland mean there’s no longer room for Fabian Schar to be set as a third center-back, with the duo of Nico Elvendi and Manuel Akenji set for the Newscastle United man replacement.
Denis Zakaria was not even brought off the bench given he has had a troubled year with both Juventus and Chelsea.
There were no major surprises in Yakin’s choices overall though, and he is unlikely to alter much for this fixture.
Brazil Vs. Switzerland Head-To-Head Record
Brazil wins: 3
Switzerland wins: 2
Brazil goals: 11
Switzerland goals: 9
- W W W W W W
Switzerland form (all competitions):
- L W W W L W
Brazil’s Possible Starting Lineup:
Alisson; Eder Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Fred, Paqueta; Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Junior
Switzerland’s Possible Starting Lineup:
Sommer; Widmer; Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka, Sow; Shaqiri, Embolo, Vargas
Brazil 2 – 0 Switzerland