One point separates first and third in Group E with Brazil and Serbia still uncertain of World Cup progress. Last minute winners in their respective second matches altered the complexion of the group and the five time winners need a draw to advance, while The White Eagles must pick up maximum points to be assured of a Round of 16 place.
Where and when: Spartak Stadium – 27 June, kick-off 19:00
Where you can see Serbia vs. Brazil: ITV
Last time: Fred struck the only goal of the game when the nations met back in 2014 in non-competitive action before the World Cup in Brazil.
|2-2 final score||9/5||Offer|
|Penalty in match||20/1||Offer|
|Over 10.5 corners||13/8||Offer|
Serbia vs. Brazil Predictions and Preview
The Seleção, along with fellow heavyweights Argentina, Germany and Spain, have so far flattered to deceive and have failed to live up to their pre-tournament billing as favourites. In 180 minutes of action, Brazil have toiled in the games with Switzerland and Costa Rica and it took added on time to break the deadlock against the Central Americans.
For all the talk of Neymar delivering on the grandest stage, it has been Barcelona superstar Philippe Coutinho who has spared Brazil’s blushes. The former Liverpool talisman has stepped up to the mark while Gabriel Jesus and Neymar have struggled to impose themselves and the underperforming duo need to improve if the Seleção are to even get out of the group phase. Brazil are 1/2 to chalk up the victory and the hope will be the dramatic ending in Saint Petersburg is the catalyst for Tite’s men to come to the fore.
Meanwhile, opponents Serbia will be lamenting their current plight after suffering late heartache against Switzerland. The White Eagles were impressive in their first showing against Costa Rica, with Aleksandar Mitrović and the highly rated Sergej Milinković-Savić showing nice glimpses as Mladen Krstajić’s troops took initial control of the group. Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri blew the group wide open with a 90th minute winner and Serbia must now do it the hard way in Moscow. The White Eagles are 13/2 to pull off a historic feat and reach the Last 16 for the first time since France 98.
One to watch for Serbia: Mitrović scored early on against Switzerland and was also denied a stonewall penalty in the second-half. The Newcastle owned forward is 11/2 to open proceedings and is sure to give Miranda and Thiago Silva an awkward 90 minutes.
One to watch for Brazil: Roberto Firmino made a difference when he came on after the break against Costa Rica and is likely to feature from the bench once again. The influential Liverpool fan favourite is 15/2 to net last.
Long shot: It’s time Brazil made a statement at this summer’s World Cup and dispatching a talented Serbia squad would be the perfect start ahead of much tougher tests in the knock-out phase. The Seleção are effectively playing with four forwards in Neymar, Jesus, Willian and Coutinho and the quartet are expected to flourish given their undoubted ability. A comprehensive 4-0 success for the Samba boys is available at 25/1.