Early Team News: Brazil VS Switzerland

Neymar is out of the squad
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Brazil, one of the favorites in the FIFA World Cup, are ready to face Switzerland in their second match. Both Brazil and Switzerland won their first game respectively. As a result, both teams have equal points, but Brazil stand at the top of the table by a higher goal difference.

Stats & Records

Brazil faced Switzerland twice in the FIFA World Cup. But these two meetings ended in draws. Brazil played against Switzerland in 2018 in Russia World Cup, where the match ended in a 1-1 tie. However, Switzerland have done well in recent games against Selecao. They won two of their last four meetings against Brazil. But Brazil are unbeaten in their last 16 games in the Group Round of the FIFA World Cup.

Team News

Brazil’s squad is one of the strongest in this tournament. But, injuries have made Brazil concerned after the first game against Serbia. Brazil’s key player Neymar Jr became injured after the first match. As a result, he has been ruled out at least for two games. So, Neymar will miss Brazil’s next two games, including the Switzerland clash.

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Moreover, Neymar has been fouled more than any other player since 2014. In Brazil’s first game in Qatar World Cup, Neymar Jr was fouled nine times, more than any other player in this world cup. In addition, defender Danilo is also ruled out because of injury.

Brazil boss Tite talked about injury problems in his squad. Tite said, “If you want to celebrate the football, you have to pay attention to the fouls. They focus on specific players. This is the effect. This has to be stopped.”

However, the manager hopes to get Neymar as soon as possible. He said, “I believe Neymar and Danilo will play in the World Cup. I’m not in a position to speak about [medical information]. I can say that, not only about Neymar, but also about Danilo, both of their situations have evolved, but we believe both will be available to play at the World Cup.”

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Possible lineup for Brazil: Alisson; Eder Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Fred, Paqueta; Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Junior

Possible lineup for Switzerland: Sommer; Widmer; Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka, Sow; Shaqiri, Embolo, Vargas