Brazil v Switzerland Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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Neymar is expected to lead the attack for the 2002 winners and we are backing Brazil to open their World Cup account with a victory and a clean sheet

The bookmakers' favourites to lift the World Cup get their campaign underway on Sunday evening as Brazil face Switzerland in Rostov.

The five-time winners of the tournament have been in impressive form, although they will know that the most important thing on Sunday is picking up a win in their opening group game.

Latest odds

dabblebet price a win for Tite's men at 2/5 (1.40) with dabblebet, while Switzerland are available 15/2 (7.50). The Swiss famously beat Spain in their opening game in 2010, before La Roja went on to be crowned world champions.

The draw in Rostov can be backed at 7/2 (4.50).

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Team news

The big doubt for Brazil in the run-up to the World Cup was the fitness of Neymar, who had been missing since February.

He did, however, play and score in Brazil's last two friendly matches and is surely in line to start once more, most likely alongside Gabriel Jesus and Willian in an dangerous forward line. 

Preview

Tite's great success as Brazil manager has been instilling the defensive solidity that his predecessor Dunga sought, while maintain the attractive attacking soul of the side.

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The Selecao conceded just 11 goals in 19 matches during CONMEBOL qualifying and their last 11 games have brought nine clean sheets.

This solid foundation should serve them well against a Swiss side who will expect to see little of the ball, and Brazil's record in opening matches at World Cups is formidable, with 16 wins in 18 opening games. 

Tips and predictions

Perhaps the best angle for getting a good price on a Brazilian victory is to invest in them to win to nil at 21/20 (2.05).

This bet paid out in each of their last four friendlies prior to the tournament, while also proving the correct selection in nine of their 12 victories during qualifying for the World Cup.

Switzerland to fail to score is priced at 5/6 (1.83) while Brazil can be backed at 11/10 (2.10) to be leading at both half time and full time. 

Betting Banner - Best Bet Brazil to win to nil at 21/20 (2.05) for a 2pt stake with dabblebet

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