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How Switzerland could line up against Brazil

How Switzerland could line up against Brazil

Switzerland have no new injury concerns to worry about in preparation for their World Cup group stage tie with Brazil on Monday.

Renato Steffen is the only absentee still, after the Lugano winger missed their win over Cameroon with an adductor injury.

There were very few surprises in the side picked by Murat Yakin for that game, and they should remain largely, if not fully, unchanged for their fixture with the five-time winners.

A change of shape under Yakin means there is no longer any place in the side for Fabian Schar, as they have reverted to a four-at-the-back as opposed to the three defenders implemented by previous manager Vladimir Petkovic.

Manuel Akanji and Nico Elvedi are the two first-choice centre-backs now, but both will need to watch their step in this encounter, as the pair are both a booking away from suspension, after receiving yellow cards against Cameroon.

Denis Zakaria is another member of the squad who has lost his place in the side in the past year, as difficult spells with Juventus and Chelsea has seen his game time become very limited.

Djibril Sow is the man who has taken his place as a regular starter, and even Fabian Frei was preferred as the midfield option off the bench in their group opener.

The team has become very recognisable to the average football fan now, as Xherdan Shaqiri appeared at his fourth finals by starting on Thursday, while Yann Sommer, Granit Xhaka, Ricardo Rodriguez and Haris Seferovic are all now featuring in their third.

Switzerland possible starting lineup:
Sommer; Widmer; Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka, Sow; Shaqiri, Embolo, Vargas

Click here to see how Brazil could line up for this fixture.

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