Today’s Predictions: Serbia vs Brazil
Serbia 0 – 2 Brazil
The 43rd match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is between 5 times champions and current favourites Brazil and Serbia, who were top of the group after the first fixture but then succumbed to Switzerland.
- Date : 27th June 2018
- Time : 11:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Brazil will be looking to get a good win and top their group, as they are currently tied with Switzerland with 4 points each in group E. Serbia have every chance of qualifying as well.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Brazil have become a force to be reckoned with again under new coach Tite, who led the Selecao to 10 victories in 12 qualifying games, making them the first team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 and also maintain their record of qualifying for every single World Cup till date. They conceded just 3 goals in the qualifiers and enter this tournament as favourites.
Serbia scored 20 goals in their 10 qualifiers, eventually winning their group and making a strong statement in their return to this tournament after a gap of 12 long years. Their biggest win was against Republic Of Ireland, when they had to play with 10 men for almost half the game and still managed to hold on to a 1-0 away victory.
Brazil have been flying high every since their humiliating exit at the previous World Cup semi final stage. They have won 4 out of their last 5 matches, conceding just 1 goal, a run which includes a dominating win over current world champions Germany. More importantly, they played these matches without Neymar, something which will surely give their fans immense hope for a successful tournament.
Serbia have been in comparatively decent form, with 3 wins in 6 matches, and a 1-1 draw with South Korea. While they won their last match convincingly with a 5-1 scoreline, they also lost to Chile and Morocco, meaning their fans are a bit worried about their chances in Russia.
Brazil and Serbia in the World Cup So Far
Brazil were expected to demonstrate their famous free flowing brand of football and demolish every opposition team in this world cup. However, their fans would be disappointed, as they could not beat an inspired Swedish side despite taking an early lead. Brazil got their first win with two very late goals against Costa Rica, who had managed to frustrate the 5 time champions.
Serbia negotiated a potentially tricky fixture against Costa Rica, and came out unscathed. A brilliant clean sheet followed by Kolarov’s amazing top corner free kick saw them earn 3 priceless points and top the group. In the next game they were narrowly beaten by Switzerland but they still have a fighting chance of qualifying.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met just once before, with Brazil ending up as 1-0 winners in a friendly back in 2014.
Brazil would be massively boosted by the return of Neymar, who has been resting since a severe injury that had ruled him out for several months at PSG. However, unlike the 2014 World Cup, Brazil’s greatest strength is that they do not solely rely on Neymar anymore. With a plethora of attacking talent at their disposal, the likes of Coutinho, Willian, Firmino etc have all been flourishing at the club level. Combine that with Real Madrid pair Marcelo and Casemeiro, the South American giants have quality spread across the field. David Luiz and Alex Sandro are two shocking exclusions from the final 23 man squad though.
Serbia rely a lot on their midfielders to control the tempo again, and with a vastly experienced yet ageing defense, the midfield needs to always be on their toes to prevent the opposition strikers from running at their slow defenders directly. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, a famous name in the Serbian football circuit was not selected by the new manager, who claimed he didn’t fit his playing style.
Players To Watch Out For
Brazil have several world class players on offer, none more so than the magical Neymar, who has already shattered many goal scoring records at such a young age. Marcelo and Casemeiro are two of the best players in their respective positions, while they fluidity brought upon by Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino is a delight to watch.
Serbia have some renowned world class players in their roster. Nemanja Matic is the most high profile in the current squad, with the defensive midfielder playing for Manchester United in the Premier League. Defender Branislav Ivanovic is a Chelsea legend who has won every trophy at club level. Dusan Tadic is another Premier League talent to watch out for, while Mitrovic is their main goal threat.
Brazil Vs Serbia Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Brazil are understandably heavy favourites in this fixture, as they also need a big win to confirm their top spot in the group over Switzerland.
- Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic should step up and carry their nation through this tricky clash with their experience and leadership.
- Brazil have won the World Cup a record 5 times, however their last title was 16 years ago, and they would be eager to add a 6th title to their collection.
- Neymar to score the first goal of the game is a bet we highly recommend, as he would be looking to make up for his poor performance in the first match, and a frustrating one in the second match.
Brazil were placed as the pre tournament favourites to win the cup, though they are still among the favourites, they haven’t looked very convincing. They would be looking to silence their doubters with a huge win in this game.
Our Predicted Scoreline : Brazil 3-0 Serbia