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World Cup 2018: Brazil v Switzerland preview, betting tips and odds

16:33 WAT 14/06/2018
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The game, which kicks off at 9.00pm local time, sees World Cup favourites Brazil start their campaign at the Rostov Arena

Brazil are one of the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup and add a record sixth title to their already impressive CV. This coming Sunday (17 June) the South American giants start their quest against an in-form Switzerland side.

Getting things going

Before we proceed, head on over to the Oddsshark website, choose your favourite betting agency and get your account up and running with your credit card. As a new user and with the World Cup group stage in full swing, there should be a whole host of promotions and offers for you to use and enjoy.

Where can I win money in this game?

This game will be no mean feat for the Swiss. They must try to find a way to stop a rampant Brazil side who have lost just one of their last 21 games and conceded just five goals in the process.

It is no surprise that it is the five-time World Cup winners who come into this encounter as the red hot favourites to take all three points. Looking at the simplest bet you can make (on the outcome of the match), Brazil are priced at just 1.40 to win this game, whilst Switzerland are at a huge 9.50, meaning you would get almost a 10-fold return on your investment if you backed the European outfit.

PSG starlet scored in both of Brazil’s most recent friendly games, against Croatia and Austria, and it would be prudent to back him hitting the back of the net again. The 26-year-old is priced at 4.00 to score either first or last, and at 1.90 to net at any time during the game, as is his strike partner and Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus.

Neymar is also the favourite to finish top scorer at the tournament. You can back the Brazilian at 9.00 to win the Golden Boot, meaning you would, for example, receive a US$90 pay out on a US10 investment.

Despite coming into this game as severe underdogs, Switzerland have been in pretty good form themselves of late. They have lost just once in their last 17 games since Euro 2016 and may well look to sit back and frustrate Brazil, playing for a draw and what would be a valuable point as they look to qualify from a group which also includes Serbia and Costa Rica.

Switzerland are at 2.00 to progress from Group E, meaning you can double your money should you back them to do so. Brazil, meanwhile, are at just 1.062 to reach the round of 16 and 1.28 to top the group, according to Oddsshark.

Under Tite, Brazil have become far more resilient defensively, and a clean sheet may well be on the cards once again – the side have kept five in a row in games all played in Europe. A comfortable 2-0 win for Brazil is priced at just 6.00.

Switzerland’s best attacking outlet is likely to be Stoke City forward Xherdan Shaqiri, and you can back him to score during the game at 6.00. If you think he will get the first or last goal of the game then that price rises steeply to 15.00.

But on the balance of things this should be a comfortable game for Brazil and they are unlikely to be in much danger of a shock defeat. If you think Brazil will be leading at both half-time and the final whistle, then you can select that option with a price of 2.05.

You can back both teams to score at 2.10 but, given Brazil’s excellent defensive record since Tite took over almost two years ago, a Switzerland goal looks unlikely. A “No” to both teams finding the back of the net is priced at a short 1.60.

As previously mentioned, Switzerland’s best chance of a result on Sunday would look to be escaping with a draw, an outcome which has a price of 4.80. You can be more specific and back a score draw at 6.50, while a goalless draw is priced at 10.00.

If you want to play a less risky investment game then go for the “Double chance” option, where you can select two possible outcomes for the game rather than just one. You can back either a Brazil win or a draw at 1.075, a Switzerland win or a draw at 3.00, or either side to take all three points at just 1.20.

Odds: Brazil (1.40), Switzerland (9.50), draw (4.80)