The evening of Thursday 24th November 2022 at 19:00 UK time sees Brazil take on Serbia in each team’s first match of the group stage. Of course, Brazil are the favourites to not only top this group but are also favourites to win the whole competition, while Serbia are undeniably the underdogs at this meeting.
When it comes to World Cup history, Brazil have lifted the trophy a whopping five times, but not in the past 20 years. They have regularly progressed as far as the quarter finals in that time though. Over the same time period, Serbia, on the other hand, have either struggled to qualify or not progressed beyond the group stages. However that doesn’t mean that they won’t give this match a good go!
Brazil has a strong team with all the players currently contracted to top flight European football teams, including Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Arsenal. Neymar, Brazil’s top goalscorer in World Cup qualification where they easily topped the CONMEBOL qualifying group, is a strong contender for the Golden Boot award at this World Cup.
While Neymar is far and away Brazil’s top goalscorer, he is not the only Brazilian who can score. Richarlison scored six goals in Brazil’s World Cup qualifying campaign, and while his fitness has been in doubt in recent weeks following a calf injury in mid-October, he is looking set to make a full recovery in time for this match.
While Serbia do not have quite the level of all-round quality to rival Brazil’s national team, they do have some serious talent in the form of Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is currently fourth in the Premier League top scorers list, having put away nine goals this season for his club, Fulham.
While Serbia are the underdogs in this match, they are on good international form currently, topping their qualification group with six wins in eight matches, and have comfortably won four of their last five international games. However, much of their goal scoring prowess rests on the shoulders of Aleksandar Mitrovic, so no doubt Serbia are hoping that he remains at full fitness going into their World Cup campaign.
Betting tips for Brazil vs Serbia
Now for our Brazil vs Serbia prediction: While Serbia will no doubt try their best to hold Brazil back, there is no denying Brazil’s quality and on the two occasions that Brazil have played Serbia over the past decade, Brazil have won both times, with Serbia failing to score at either meeting. With regard to Brazil vs Serbia betting tips, we expect this match to follow the same trend as previous meetings between the two sides, with Brazil clinching the win. It is possible that Aleksandar Mitrovic will score for Serbia, but it is more likely that Brazil will dominate the match. Bookmakers will take this under consideration when deciding their Brazil vs Serbia betting odds.
When it comes to Brazil vs Serbia tips, we think the obvious money is on Brazil to win, although punters are unlikely to find generous odds on that outcome. We’d suggest finding favourable Brazil vs Serbia odds on Brazil to win both halves, or if you feel Mitrovic might not be able to smash through Brazil’s strong defences, then it might be worth taking a punt of Serbia failing to score.