Serbia vs Brazil Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
27th June – 19:00 GMT
Group E – Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Serbia vs Brazil Predictions
Brazil started the tournament as favourites but they’ve been less than convincing so far. They picked up a precious three points against Costa Rica in the dying embers of the contest and displayed their ability to ‘win ugly’. They end their Group E campaign with a trip to Moscow to face Serbia and they should have too much for their European opponents. Serbia battled well but they have an ageing defence with both Kolarov and Ivanovic not overly mobile and Brazil’s pace could cause them plenty of issues. Tite’s side are off the mark at the tournament and they could lay down a marker in this contest. They can be backed at 1/2 with bwin and look on course to make it seven points from nine.
Serbia vs Brazil Preview
Serbia battled well against Switzerland and almost nicked a point from the game. They started brightly but their defence was exposed in the second half when the Swiss utilised their pace. They kept a clean sheet against a goal-shy Costa Rica but they could struggle to contain Neymar and Coutinho. The latter has two goals at the tournament and has looked extremely sharp so far whilst the former is always a handful and has been targetted by opposition defenders so far. Serbia may try and employ those same tactics. They do possess a goal threat and have the classy Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the centre of the park who will be pulling the strings once again.
Tite is likely to stick with the same team and could use Fagner at right-back once again. They will fancy their chances of progressing to the knock-out round unbeaten alongside Switzerland. They will want to emerge from Group E unscathed and progress to the latter stages of the competition. They are likely to meet Germany, Mexico or Sweden in the next round and being a bit more decisive in the final third is absolutely imperative. They’ve looked solid at the back recently and they have only conceded a single goal in 180 minutes of football.
Both Teams to Score Prediction
Costa Rica did miss a couple of decent chances against Brazil but opportunities were thin on the ground for the CONCACAF side. La Selecao have been well-organised at the back and Miranda has impressed. They haven’t really looked like conceded and will have possession for the majority of the 90 minutes here. With Brazil dictating the tempo and asking questions of the Serbia back-line, they should be able to keep Aleksandar Mitrovic quiet. Both Teams to Score? No is available at 3/5 with bwin.
Serbia vs Brazil Correct Score Prediction
It may take Brazil a while to find a breakthrough but once they’ve taken the lead, there’s no stopping them. The five-time champions scored twice within four minutes against Costa Rica and will be hoping to break the Serbian resistance early in the game. At 1-0 down, Serbia may look for the equaliser and leave themselves exposed at the back. A 3-0 scoreline for Brazil is a real possibility and is available at 3/4 with 888sport.
Serbia vs Brazil Odds
Group E Standings
Brazil and Switzerland sit joint-top of four points and both will qualify for the knock-out round with a victory. Serbia have collected just three points and will need to topple the tournament favourites if they are to progress. Costa Rica are out of the tournament after losing back-to-back games and failing to score.
- Brazil won 1-0 in the only meeting between these two sides
- They had 18 shots against Costa Rica but didn’t manage to find a way through until 90 minutes
- Phillipe Coutinho has two goals at the tournament
- 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 11/4 to score the first goal of the game with Bet365
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
Why Should I Bet On Serbia Against Brazil?
Brazil and Serbia meet in their final match in Group E at the World Cup with both hoping to move into the knockout stages of the competition. The Selecao are top of the standings and need a point to be absolutely sure of progression, while the Serbians will most likely need a victory to go through as Switzerland are now the favourites to progress along with Brazil.
Tite’s side have been solid but unspectacular so far, picking up four points from matches against the Swiss and the Costa Ricans. Against Costa Rica in particular, Brazil had to keep battling until the end, scoring twice in injury time to avoid a shock result. They have now avoided defeat for over a year.
Serbia were slightly unfortunate to lose to a last-minute Xherdan Shaqiri goal against the Swiss. But it’s just three wins in seven for Mladen Krstajic’s side and they’re up against it if they’re to prevent a Brazil win, which is at 1/2 with Bet365.
Philippe Coutinho to score first
Though all the pre-tournament build-up surrounded superstar Neymar, it’s another Brazilian playmaker who deserves all the plaudits so far.
Philippe Coutinho has scored twice already in Russia and has contribution has outshone that of the Paris Saint-Germain man. In all, Coutinho has scored in four of the Selecao’s last six matches and another strike here could put him in with a shout of the Golden Boot.
The Barcelona midfielder is at 9/2 to break the deadlock on Wednesday with William Hill.
Serbia have kept only two clean sheets since November, although one of those did come in their opening match in Russia against Costa Rica.
Brazil have kept their opponents off the scoresheet in six of their last seven matches, with boss Tite building his team on the foundations of a solid backline. Both the Costa Ricans and Switzerland had very few chances in their games against the Brazilians at this tournament so far.
With top spot still up for grabs too, Brazil are unlikely to take their foot off the pedal on Wednesday evening. A 2-0 win is at 6/1 with Bet365.
Sergej Milinković-Savić – The midfielder is highly rated and is likely to be using this tournament to put himself in the shop window. He has been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Manchester City and it’s easy to see why. He is a cultured midfielder who is likely to have a huge impact on this game. He has been drafted back into the side by Krstajic after being omitted by his predecessor and Serbia have looked far more balanced with him in the team.
Neymar – Brazil have a plethora of talented stars but Neymar is the talisman in their side. He is back from his injury lay-off and is likely to have a huge impact on this tournament. Brazil’s performances went downhill at the 2014 World Cup following his injury and he is always liable to pop up with a moment of magic.
19:00 – Spartak Stadium, Moscow