PRE-TOURNAMENT favourites Brazil are hoping to book their place in the World Cup last-16 WITHOUT star man Neymar against Switzerland.

The Brazilians have been tipped to win a sixth world crown despite losing the Copa America 2021 final to Argentina.

Brazil ran out 2-0 winners against Serbia with this team
Brazil ran out 2-0 winners against Serbia with this team

They reaffirmed their place as favourites with an expected win in their first group match.

Brazil will be heavy favourites to beat Switzerland, who are expected to finish runners-up in the group.

A win for either would all-but see them through to the last-16, but a draw wouldn’t be the end of the world.

SunSport takes a look at what to expect from Brazil vs Switzerland, including our score prediction.

How are they getting on?

Brazil: The Samba Boys took a while to find a breakthrough against Serbia.

Richarlison got both goals, with his second – an incredible overhead kick – certain to be one of the goals of the World Cup.

Read the full Brazil vs Serbia match report

Switzerland: Got three points in their opening group match against a good Cameroon side.

Breel Embolo got the goal against his country of birth.

Read the full Switzerland vs Cameroon match report

Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0 with this team
Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0 with this team


Any injuries to worry about?

Brazil: The South American team will be without star man Neymar, who took a knock to the ankle against Serbia.

The Paris Saint-Germain star suffered ligament damage after being clattered by defender Nikola Milenkovic and will miss the rest of the group stages at least.

Right-back Danilo will also miss the rest of the group stage with a similar injury.

Switzerland: The European country have no fresh injury concerns and manager Murat Yakin isn’t expected to make any changes.

Who will be the star men?

Brazil: West Ham summer signing Lucas Paqueta is one to watch, playing in a slightly deeper role alongside Manchester United’s Casemiro.

Richarlison is Brazil’s Golden Boy up front, as is Vinicius Jr on the wing.

Switzerland: Embolo will be the danger man for the Swiss… he knows where the back of the net is.

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka will captain the side and will have to get the best of Casemiro and Co.

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What’s the head-to-head?

The two sides have met on nine occasions and the record is pretty even.

Brazil have won three meetings to Switzerland’s two.

There has been four draws with the last match ending 1-1 at the World Cup 2018.

SunSport prediction

Brazil 1 Switzerland 0

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