Brazil v Switzerland – what the stats say

football27 November 2022 21:27| © SuperSport
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Both previous meetings between Brazil and Switzerland at the Fifa World Cup have ended in a draw (2-2 in 1950, 1-1 in 2018). No side have Brazil faced more at the competition without ever winning than the Swiss (also two v Portugal and Hungary).

Switzerland have won two of their last four meetings with Brazil in all competitions (D1 L1), having failed to win any of their first five (D3 L2). The Swiss have scored exactly once in each of their last six against Brazil.

Switzerland have won just one of their eight Fifa World Cup games against South American sides (D2 L5), beating Ecuador 2-1 in 2014 in Brasilia.

Brazil are unbeaten in their last 16 group stage games at the World Cup – no side has ever gone 17 without defeat in the group stages of the competition before (including final and second group rounds in earlier editions).

Following their 1-0 win over Cameroon on MD1, Switzerland are looking to win their opening two games at a World Cup for the first time. The last time they won consecutive games in the competition was in 2006 against Togo and Korea Republic.

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Brazil are looking to win back-to-back World Cup games against European nations for the first time since a run of six between 2002 and 2006, following their 2-0 win over Serbia on MD1. 16 of Brazil's 18 total defeats at the World Cup have come against European sides.

Richarlison has scored nine goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions for Brazil, netting a brace on his World Cup debut against Serbia last time out. Indeed, since his debut for the national side in September 2018 he's scored more goals for Brazil than any other player (19).

Breel Embolo has scored in three of his last four matches for Switzerland, scoring three times and netting the winner in each game, including on MD1 against Cameroon. The last Swiss player to score in consecutive World Cup games was Alexander Frei in 2006, while the only players to score in Switzerland's first two games at a World Cup are Leopold Kielholz in 1934 and Andre Abegglen in 1938.

Xherdan Shaqiri has been involved in 12 goals in his last 16 appearances at major tournaments (World Cup + Euros) for Switzerland (8 goals, 4 assists). An appearance in this game will see Shaqiri become the Swiss player with the most appearances at the World Cup; he’s currently played 10 times, level with Stephan Lichsteiner and Valon Behrami.

Since his first World Cup in 2014, Brazil forward Neymar has been fouled 53 times in the competition, at least 11 more than any other player. Neymar won nine fouls against Serbia last time out, more than any other player on MD1 at the 2022 World Cup.