Match Today: Brazil vs Switzerland 28-11-2022 Qatar World Cup 2022
The two top teams in Group G, Brazil and Switzerland, meet in a group match in the second round, and the winner is almost certain to qualify unless something drastic happens in the final round of matches. Both teams claimed victories in the opening game while keeping clean sheets so another tough encounter can be expected.
Brazil was shaken by the news that their star player, Neymar, will miss this match due to injury. This will now put more pressure on reigning two-goal hero Richarlison to continue his stellar start to the tournament.
The match will take place at Stade 974 starting at 3pm UK time. Brazil's opening game performance was among the best in the opening round as they overwhelmed Serbian side 2-0 thanks to two goals from Tottenham's Richarlison.
His second goal is an early contender for the championship goal. Brazil have now extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches in all competitions with 13 wins and three draws. Their last defeat was against Argentina in the Copa América final in July 2021. Their dominance in their final match is not reflected in the outcome, as they enjoyed 59% possession with 24 shots on goal, but poor finishing by the likes of Rafinha held them back.
To score more goals. Brazil are also unbeaten in their last 16 World Cup group matches and are bidding to become the first nation to go 17 matches unbeaten in the group stages.
Brazil vs. Switzerland
While the Swiss started good value for money in their final match against Cameroon, they will need to show the same determination against the favourites, should they cause an upset. They shared possession quotas with the African nation but took 11 corner kicks compared to the opponent's five, proving that they had taken over the most dangerous areas of the pitch.
Switzerland will not be overwhelmed by a higher-ranked team, as they showed they can rub shoulders with the best of themselves as they beat top-ten teams Portugal and Spain in the Nations League.
They have won four of their last five matches with one defeat. The obvious big news from the Brazilian camp is the injury of Neymar with the striker confirmed to be absent from this game and possibly the final group game against Cameroon. Coach Tite insisted that he would play again in this World Cup with the knockout stage as soon as possible.
Switzerland vs. Brazil
Danilo meanwhile will be hoping to clear any injury concerns as he also appeared to be in some discomfort but he played the full 90 minutes due to Tite using all five substitutions at that point. Richarlison, famously wearing the number 9 jersey, joined an exclusive side of only eight Brazilians to score two or more goals on his World Cup debut following his brace against Serbia. Brazil have won their last eight matches with a total score of 28-2. Seven of the eight wins were by two or more goals. Brazil have kept eight clean sheets in their last eleven matches.
Switzerland have won only four of their last ten matches. They have failed to score in three of their last seven matches. Switzerland have won just two of their last six away matches.
Brazil will obviously be weakened by the loss of Neymar, but they have excellent alternatives to call on in his absence with Rodrygo and Gabriel Jesus leading the way. We still expect them to win this match as they have gone 16 matches unbeaten and aim to rewrite history by becoming the first nation to go 17 matches unbeaten in the group stages of a World Cup. Brazil have only lost once against a team ranked outside the top 10 since the 2018 World Cup. Switzerland have only beaten Brazil twice in their previous nine encounters.