Brazil vs Switzerland
Brazil is the best team of this group, what more they are top favorites to win the trophy. IMO hardly Brazil will drop any points in this group, especially not in the first match.
There is too big quality and talent in this Brazilian side, especially in attack. I am not talking only about one of biggest stars of this WC, Neymar but also Coutinho, Firmino... simply too many threats for goalkeeper of any opponent.
Brazil was outstanding in all recent games in preparation period. The last game was 2:0 win over Croatia and we know how good Croatian team is.
Brazil only vs Germany failed to score more than once but even back then Brazil has won.
I expect today from Brazil to win and to do that in style, with a margin. Still, I opted for more safe option. Brazil -1 AH. So basically if by some chance the game end with only one goal difference in favor of Brazil, we have stake back on this bet.
Switzerland is one decent squad but clearly far below level of Brazil. In the qualifications Swiss team had 27 out of possible 30 pts (the same as Portugal). They and Portugal split the two mutual meetings with both sides winning games at home. But those 27 pts shouldn't be taken as some significant fact about Swiss quality cause beside Portugal and Switzerland, rest of the competition in that group was joke to say at least.
Brazil came to Russia determined to make things right after embarrassing result on the previous WC when they were the host. Semifinal back then in fact wasn't too bad even for Brazilian standards but it was embarrassing the fact they lost in the semifinal to Germany with huge 1:7 and later also 0:3 from Netherlands in game for third place.
But four years later it's quite different story. Brazil is way stronger now. They easily topped group in South American qualifications. We know how tough those qualifications are. But no matter, Brazil was so convincing that they finished with even 10 pts more than second placed team and even 13 pts more than Argentina.
It's not only about mentioned great attack but Brazil has also outstanding defenders. Almost no one scored goal against them in preparation period while during qualifications Brazil conceded only 11 goals in 18 games overall and that was amazing, just 0.6 goals per game.
IMO Brazil wasn't so good long back from Ronaldo era when in 2002. they have won the WC last time. Whether this year will be the new, 6th title for Brazil, it's difficult to say at this point cause there are couple more really outstanding teams. But, I am confident Brazil will do great job at the start of the tournament.
As I mentioned in some of previous preview, I am not a fan of betting short favorites on the competition like this. Simply, past experience showed us that's not the way to make long term profit. Cause in such match you need to take bigger risk on the favorite and then usually it end badly. This WC so far wasn't exception. France barely won with late goal although was even bigger favorite than Brazil is. Plus France failed to deliver either on handicap either on HT FT option. Argentina has even failed to win at all.
But here on Brazil match, I really think we shouldn't be worried about proven fact short favorites are not doing good job (on long term) when bets with higher risk are in question. IMO Brazil will deliver in all ways, handicap, HT FT, team totals...
Brazil vs Switzerland prediction
|Brazil -1 AH||Pinnacle||1.71||8||1-1 LOST (-8 units)|