There is but one team considered to be the equal of Germany. Only one group that is judged as championship level. Brazil is the bet on 2018 FIFA World Cup co favorite with Die Mannschaft. They also extra incentive in this World Cup. The Brazilians were the last team to repeat as World Cup Champions. They were back to back winners in 1958 and 1962. Germany is trying to turn the trick this year. As the country with the most World Cup titles Brazil has great pride. Not to mention outstanding ability. They begin their quest against solid Switzerland.
2018 FIFA World Cup Brazil vs. Switzerland
Date and Time: Sunday, June 17, 2018, 2 p.m. ET
Location: Rostov Arena, Rostov on Don
World Cup Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Switzerland||+1½ (-143)||2½ (-108)|
|Brazil||-1½ (+128)||2½ (-107)|
2018 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage: FS1
Switzerland is solid. They are also red hot. Since the end of the 2016 Euro the Swiss have been on a tear. They have climbed to sixth in the FIFA rankings. This is their fourth straight World Cup appearance. La Nati has made the Round of 16 in three of those appearances. Against most other teams they would be a Bet on 2018 FIFA World Cup favorite. But Brazil is a big step up. Switzerland is a dog to win Group E. But a second place finish is a realistic shot.
Impressive Knockout Round
Switzerland’s record of making the knockout round impresses gamblers. And is indicative of their ability. Unlike Brazil, however, La Nati succeeds with a group effort. They do not have the natural ability of the deep Brazilian roster. Head coach Vladimir Petkovic led them to the Round of 16 in the Euro. The one man that stands out for the Swiss is Xherdan Shaqiri. Sure, he has not fully lived up to the big expectations. But the ability of Shaqiri to make something happen remains unquestioned. Captain Stephan Lichtsteiner is a strong attacker from right back.
Brazil is resurgent in large part due to a coaching change. They were underachieving until Tite took command. Since his arrival Brazil has fulfilled the lofty sportsbook online expectations. Under Tite, Brazil ripped off 10 wins and two draws. He remains undefeated after 20 games as mentor. One of the coach’s great challenges will be getting Neymar under control. Neymar is a world class talent. And a top shelf head case. He often finds trouble on the pitch. He has lost control under pressure.
Brazil with Tite
Brazil also has the motivation of falling short in 2014. They were the World Cup host country that year. And were bombed out on their home turf 7-1 by Germany. It is a lot to live down. The difference is Tite. He was not coach then. Now this is a different team with a much better work ethic. As well as coherent tactics. Robert Firmino has flourished. He has become one of the world’s most complete players.
Matchup to Watch
The Bet on 2018 FIFA World Cup matchup difference here is skill. Brazil has much more of it. And Tite is not shy about unleashing The Squad’s ability. He has Brazil humming like a machine.
World Cup Betting Odds Picks
Brazil is too much for Switzerland here.
World Cup Betting Online Pick: Brazil
World Cup Betting Sore Prediction: Brazil 2, Switzerland 1
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