Serbia vs Brazil Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
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Brazil finally found a way past a dogged and determined Costa Rican resistance in injury time and Tite’s men were rewarded for their endeavour. They face Serbia in their final Group E contest and they’ll be expected to collect three points. They have plenty of quality in their team and they displayed an impressive amount of patience against their CONCACAF opponents. It wasn’t a pretty performance but they showed a different side to their game and that bodes well for the remainder of the tournament. Serbia struggled to contain Switzerland in the second half and they are unlucky to enjoy dealing with the threat of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus. Brazil should win this fairly easily and can be backed at 1.52 with 888sport.
Serbia vs Brazil Preview
Serbia netted after just four minutes against Switzerland but stuggled to contain Vladimir Petkovic’s side in the second half. They’ve scored in both matches but their ageing back-line could cause them problems here. They are a decent outfit who should give Brazil plenty of problems and Aleksandar Mitrovic will be hungry to add to his goal from the previous Group E contest. They have three points from two games and anything other than a victory against the five-time champions will send them home. This is a must-win situation for Serbia.
Brazil have their first victory of the 2018 World Cup and they thoroughly deserved that success. They probed and asked questions of the Costa Rican defence but couldn’t find a way past Keylor Navas. Phillipe Coutinho eventually found the breakthrough before Neymar added a second. If they can find a way through early in this game, it could be curtains for Serbia. They have four points from two matches and are level on points with Switzerland. The Swiss will be expected to pick up a victory against winless Costa Rica and it looks set to be a fascinating battle for topspot.
Brazilian fans will be keen for their side to make the breakthrough earlier in this game and they must surely target the flanks. Branislav Ivanovic is still handy in the opposition’s penalty area but he doesn’t have the pace to compete with the Brazilian full backs and he could have his hands full. If Tite’s side score an early goal, they are likely to add to it and it could result in a decent success. They’ll also be keen to improve their goal difference to ensure they finish above Switzerland in Group E. A 3-0 win is likely and can be backed at 11.00 with 888sport.
Neither of Brazil’s two previous games at the tournament have featured three goals or more but there have been enough chances to suggest that this match should contain quite a few. They had numerous opportunities against Costa Rica but weren’t able to find a way through whilst Serbia are also quite dangerous going forward. This should be an entertaining 90 minutes and Over 2.5 Goals is available at 2.10 with Betway.
Group E Winners
Group E Standings
Brazil and Switzerland have put themselves in a good position to progress and both have four points from their opening two Group E matches. Serbia have three points and could still qualify with a victory here whilst Costa Rica have been unable to replicate their heroics from 2014 and are heading home.
Brazil were 1-0 winners in the only meeting between these two sides
They fired in 18 shots against Costa Rica but didn’t manage to find a way through until injury time
Phillipe Coutinho has two goals at the tournament so far
1982 was the last time that Brazil exited the competition at the group stage
Serbia only won one of their three games at the tournament in 2010
They only had 42% possession against Switzerland
Serbia have netted the first goal in each of their two games at the tournament so far. Serbia are 3.75 to score the first goal of the game with William Hill
Head to Head
These two sides have only previously met once. Brazil played Serbia in an international friendly as they ramped up their preparations for the 2014 World Cup. They were 1-0 winners but found it difficult to break down their opponents. Fred’s 58th-minute winner proved to be the difference.
Brazil 1-0 Serbia – 06/06/2014
Sergej Milinković-Savić – Serbia have a hugely talented squad but Sergej Milinković-Savić is on the verge of making a name for himself. The Lazio midfielder is fantastic with the ball at his feet and comes off the back of a wonderful season at the Stadio Olimpico. He has been linked with a move to both Manchester United and Real Madrid and is likely to have a huge impact on this tournament.
Neymar – Brazil’s squad is immensely talented and any of the starting XI could be labelled a ‘key player’. However, Neymar is always likely to be the player who steals the show and he will be looking to make amends for his injury-hit tournament four years ago. He has recently returned from surgery and looks sharper than ever.
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