Brazil vs Switzerland Betting Odds & Recap
Both Teams Won Openers, Losing Neymar Could be Gamechanger
⚽Brazil vs Switzerland: Game Recap⚽
Results: Brazil 1-0 Switzerland
No Neymar? No Problem. Casemiro came up with the goods to seal Brazil’s place in the Round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup.
It looked like Vinicius Jr. had stolen the headlines from the injured Neymar when he kept his cool to score past Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer after a mazy run from the left. Brazil fans celebrated in the stands until replays showed Richarlison was offside in the build-up to the game.
A Brazil side was missing the flair of star man Neymar, who failed to find a way past Switzerland during the first 82 minutes before Casemiro won the game for his country with a sublime finish late. Fred, Casemiro’s fellow Manchester United midfielder, replaced the injured Neymar in a not exactly a like-for-like change for Tite’s side.
Switzerland proved to be no pushovers for most of the match, with Granit Xhaka, and Breel Embolo showing confidence on the back of their 1-0 win over Cameroon. Brazil narrowly defeated Switzerland on the same day Cameroon and Serbia shared the points after a pulsating 3-3 draw.
Brazil is through to the Round of 16, with the other three nations battling to join them. Cameroon must defeat Brazil if they are to progress. Serbia also must win if they are to have any chance of prolonging their stay in Qatar. Switzerland will qualify with a win, while a point could also see them finish ahead of Cameroon even if the African side beats Brazil.
Did We Get It Right?
Below you will find all the predictions we made before the matchup, on November 25, 2022.
Neymar Leaves Brazil’s First Match With Injury
It wasn’t easy for Brazil to find a breakthrough vs. Serbia on Thursday but Richarlison’s two second half goals were enough. His second goal is an early contender for goal of the tournament and Brazil may need to rely on him more now. Star forward Neymar limped off the pitch with an ankle injury and he’s at least out for the remainder of the group stage. The Swiss also won their opening match and gave Brazil some trouble in the 2018 World Cup. We’ll take a look at the Brazil vs Switzerland betting odds in what could be another tough match for Brazil.
Brazil vs. Switzerland
Date, time (TV):
Location: Stadium 974, Doha, Qatar
Streaming: FOX, Telemundo, Peacock
Team Standings and Odds:
|Team||FIFA World Ranking||World Cup Qualifying Record||Knockout Stage Odds||Odds to Win Group||Odds to Win World Cup|
|Brazil||1||14-3-0, 1st CONMEBOL||-20000||-700||+230|
|Switzerland||15||5-3-0, 1st UEFA Group C||-190||+500||+9000|
|Jun. 2018:||Brazil 1-1 Switzerland|
|Aug. 2013:||Switzerland 1-0 Brazil|
|Nov. 2006:||Switzerland 1-2 Brazil|
|Jun. 1989:||Switzerland 1-0 Brazil|
|Jun. 1983:||Switzerland 1-2 Brazil|
Brazil and Switzerland have a fairly long head-to-head history but have met just twice in the last decade. Their World Cup game’s moneyline in 2018 priced Brazil as -245 favorites but Switzerland held them to a 1-1 draw. It was the first time Brazil failed to win their World Cup opener since 1978. Switzerland defeated Brazil in a 2013 friendly as a Dani Alves own goal was the only one of the match.
Brazil: Richarlison Comes Through
Standings: 1-0, 1st
Previous Match: W, 2-0 vs. Serbia
Upcoming Match: Dec. 2 vs. Cameroon
Neymar’s injury certainly puts a damper on things for Brazil and their tournament outlook could drastically change depending on the severity. He was clearly in a lot of pain on the bench and his ankle swelled up quite a bit. The mercurial PSG winger has scored six career World Cup goals and is Brazil’s best player.
Despite Neymar’s injury, Richarlison’s performance was a big positive. He shrewdly finished a second half rebound and scored a worldie for his second. He popped the ball up from a cross and executed a scissor kick to perfection. Serbia keeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic could do absolutely nothing about it.
The Tottenham man has an excellent goal scoring record for Brazil and should continue to be a key player for them in the tournament. Neymar will miss the rest of the group stage and Antony and Gabriel Jesus could be in line to receive more time. They’re excellent options to have off the bench and this Brazil team is possibly the deepest in the tournament. The Brazil vs Switzerland Betting Odds haven’t moved too much despite the injury.
That could have more to do with Switzerland’s performance vs. Cameroon but also highlights the depth in the side. Tite decided to bring nine attacking players on the 26-man roster and any team would be lucky to have any of them. If Brazil wins this match they may even have the luxury of shuffling things around and resting their starting XI in the group stage closer.
Switzerland: Embolo Scores vs. Birth Country
Standings: 1-0, 2nd
Previous Match: W, 1-0 vs. Cameroon
Upcoming Match: Dec. 2 vs. Serbia
Switzerland have made getting results when not playing all that well an art form. Cameroon had better spells than the Swiss for long stretches of their match on Thursday but Switzerland managed a 1-0 win. Switzerland’s lone goal came from a Xherdan Shaqiri cutback to forward Breel Embolo. Embolo was born in Cameroon and declined to celebrate his match-winning goal. Switzerland looked vulnerable at times on Thursday but are now well on their way to a fourth knockout stage appearance in their last five World Cups.
The soccer betting lines unsurprisingly price Switzerland as underdogs but they’ve played competitively vs. Brazil in recent times. They’ll need to be compact on defense but are certainly at a disadvantage in 1v1 situations. Cameroon exploited Switzerland for pace and Brazil are likely to do the same on the wings. Vinicius Jr. and Raphinha are electric players who are not afraid to take anyone on.
Switzerland have often lacked creativity in the final third and it still appears to be a problem. Players like Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Djibril Sow are good options but there seems to be a certain disjointedness to the Swiss attack. That’s limited how far they’ve gone in recent tournaments. They haven’t made it past the round of 16 since 1954.
Match Analysis and Odds:
Even with Neymar out, the Brazil vs Switzerland odds still heavily favor Brazil. Brazil come into the match as one-goal favorites and sit at -135 odds to cover the spread. Switzerland comes in at +115 odds to cover the spread and go unbeaten vs. Brazil for a third straight meeting.
Brazil’s moneyline odds are -220 and they’re certainly expected to exploit Switzerland on the wings. Vini Jr. will have to step up with Neymar out and the Real Madrid winger is looking for his first World Cup goal. A draw sits at +365 odds and recall that their 2018 meeting finished 1-1. Switzerland also come in at +600 odds to win the match and are still looking for their first non-friendly win over Brazil.
The over is implied to be more likely, at -130 odds and Switzerland have scored in their last six matches vs. Brazil. The under shows a +110 price as Brazil enter the match on an eight-game winning streak
The constant pressure Brazil put on the Serbian defense in their first match was impressive. Brazil look like a threat to score nearly every time they start an attack. As a result, the over/under goal total for the match is at 2½ goals. The over is implied to be more likely, at -130 odds and Switzerland have scored in their last six matches vs. Brazil. The under shows a +110 price as Brazil enter the match on an eight-game winning streak.