Serbia v Brazil Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 27th June
Connor Thompson (@thompsonnn10) previews Serbia v Brazil and provides us with his best bets for Wednesday’s game by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts.
Serbia v Brazil Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 27/06/18
- Time: 19:00
- Venue: Otkrytiye Arena
- Channel: ITV
To the surprise of many Brazil haven’t really taken off yet and that has allowed Serbia and Switzerland the chance of earning the top spot in Group E.
Brazil and Switzerland are joint on four points and are separated only by goal difference, which again is very tight with just the one goal in it. For Brazil to top their group they’ll have to better Switzerland’s result against Costa Rica, which seems an easier task on paper.
For Serbia, they’re in a slightly trickier position, if they beat Brazil they will guarantee qualification and the top spot will depend on how Switzerland get on against Costa Rica. The Serbs can still qualify with a draw; however, they’ll be relying on Costa Rica (who haven’t won a game yet) to beat the Swiss by 2 goals or more.
Serbia have looked fairly promising so far with Sergej Milinković-Savić and Aleksandar Mitrović leading the line to good effect. The likes of Nemanja Matić and Luka Milivojević have allowed for a solid base to build upon but it seems as if Brazil might be too much.
Having fallen short against Switzerland in what was a massive game to earn second place, the spirits of the Serbs may be dampened and Neymar and Coutinho can take joy from the fact they struggled to contain Xherdan Shaqiri.
Brazil started slowly in their second fixture and it took Neymar being denied a penalty to really wake them up. The introduction of Roberto Friminho saw Brazil become much more fluid in their attacks and eventually ran out 2-0 winners against Costa Rica.
Neymar being fouled is a constant theme of Brazil’s matches and having already broken the record for the most fouled player in one game, it wouldn’t surprise me if the slow and old legs in the Serbia defence tested that record.
Both teams have scored in their last ten competitive matches and it looks likes likely to be 11 in a row as both teams will need (and want) to win on Wednesday night.
With no injury news Serbia are unlikely to make any changes and will stick with the side that faced Switzerland.
Danilo is likely to come back in at fullback after being rotated against Costa Rica and Liverpool striker Roberto Frimino could make his first World Cup start after two impressive substitute displays.
Potential Serbia Starting XI: Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Milenkovic, Tosic, Kolarov, Milivojevic, Matic, Tadic, Milinkovic-Savic, Ljajic, Mitrovic
Potential Brazil Starting XI: Alisson, Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo, Casimiro, Pualinho, Coutinho, Willian, Neymar, Firmino
Head to Head
- Brazil wins:2
- Serbia wins:1
Key Stats & Facts
- Brazil have struggled against European sides at the World Cup with a record of one win, two draws and four losses in their last seven fixtures.
- Neymar has been involved in 18 goals in his last 17 appearances for Brazil.
- Coutinho is the inform player scoring two in his last three for Brazil.
- Mitrovic has 18 goals in 26 games in 2018.
- Serbia 13/2
- Draw 18/5
- Brazil 11/20
As both teams have scored in their last ten competitive matches, BTTS at 1/1 makes for good reading. Additionally, In the likely event that Serbia will go 1-0 down, they may need to throw the kitchen sink at Brazil and I can see the game opening up.
With the weight of Brazilian fans on his shoulder, it was clear to see Neymar was feeling the emotional strain of this tournament having been reduced to tears after scoring against Costa Rica. For me, that goal will have done him a world of good and I can see him scoring tomorrow. The tricky winger may be up against Ivanovic and the defender’s best years are certainly behind him.