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How Brazil could line up against Switzerland

How Brazil could line up against Switzerland

The headline news coming out of the Brazil camp is that talisman Neymar will miss the rest of the World Cup group stage with an ankle ligament injury, starting with their next fixture against Switzerland.

After being utilised in a free role behind the front three against Serbia, Tite does not have another play in the side like Neymar, so he could be forced into a slight change of shape.

Fred could be the man to come into the side as they may go with a more conventional midfield three, in a 4-3-3 formation, but giving Lucas Paqueta more freedom to get forward.

Danilo will also miss at least the next two matches with a similar ankle injury to Neymar.

That could open the door for Dani Alves to come in at right-back at 39 years of age, meaning he will become the third-oldest outfield player to feature in a World Cup after Roger Milla and Atiba Hutchinson.

It would be his first appearance at a World Cup since facing Chile in the last 16 of their home finals in 2014.

However, Eder Militao, naturally a centre-back who has slotted in on the right-hand side many times for Real Madrid and Porto, is the more likely option to play from the start in Danilo’s place.

After some doubts about whether Gabriel Jesus may take his place in the starting XI, Richarlison answered his critics by netting both goals in their 2-0 win over Serbia on Thursday.

The second goal will undoubtedly be a contender for Goal of the Tournament and has definitely secured his place in the side going forward.

After such a dominant performance in that win against Serbia, it is unlikely that Tite will make any personnel changes for this one.

However, attacking options such as Jesus, Rodrygo and Gabriel Martinelli will be on their toes hoping for an opportunity, especially after Raphinha and Vinicius Junior were wasteful on many occasions for Brazil last week.

Brazil possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Eder Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Fred, Paqueta; Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Junior

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