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Brazil: Can Switzerland end their run?

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Brazil celebrate their triumph. (©GettyImages)
Brazil celebrate their triumph. (©GettyImages).

Having won the Confederations Cup in classy style with a 3-0 demolition of world champions Spain, Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil side must, understandably, be on a high.

They could well be brought back down to earth at Basel's St Jakob-Park this Wednesday, however, as they face a Swiss side that doesn't give away many goals. 

Scolari has chosen the same squad for this friendly as that which won the eight-team tournament earlier this summer, with only PSG's Maxwell - who scored for the French champions last weekend - being brought in. 

The match in Basel, however, could be a lot trickier for Brazil than many expect. Switzerland are unbeaten in 15 months and their nine-match unbeaten run is just two games short of Brazil's current run of 11 games without a defeat.

The Swiss have, admittedly, played easier opposition with their 4-2 win over Croatia their toughest test, while Brazil have been defeating the likes of France, Italy and, of course, Spain.

That shouldn't take away from Ottmar Hitzfeld's team's success, however, and their good run of form has seen them climb to 15th in the latest FIFA world rankings - just one place behind England - and, more importantly, they top their World Cup qualifying group.

So will Switzerland continue their impressive run against Brazil?

Well, while the home side may not send the World Cup hosts home defeated, a draw is certainly a possible result. This Swiss defence is stingy, giving away just two goals in eight matches! That's a record that any international side would envy.

With the likes of Neymar and Hulk expected to play some part, this will be the toughest test yet for the Swiss defence, but the Swiss defence will also be one of the toughest tests the Brazilians could come up against.

For the Swiss to actually win this one, however, they will need to do a better job up front, having scored just once in three matches. Two goalless draws and a last minute win over Cyprus is not the best form coming into such a tough match, but the 5-3 win over Germany and 4-2 win over Croatia last year certainly proved that this side has goals in them against the biggest nations.

It will be a big ask for this Swiss team to defeat a confident Brazil side. But with the Brazilians now playing away from home and against a well-organised back four, a low-scoring draw wouldn't be the biggest surprise.

 

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