Brazil, one of the competition favorites, will be motivated to start the World Cup on a high note when they play Serbia on Thursday.
The Selecao has players like Neymar, Casemiro, Fred, Thiago Silva, and Alisson among their ranks, and they appear to be in good shape going into their tournament’s opening match.
But Tite’s team faces a difficult test right away against a resolute Serbia team, which won its qualification team ahead of Portugal and excelled in this year’s UEFA Nations League.
Players to Watch
Neymar is, naturally, the pick to score the game’s first goal, while Pedro, a friend who has performed superbly for Flamengo, is ready. Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic is the lowest player to secure a victory and has been in superb condition in the Premier League.
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The last time Brazil won the World Cup title was 20 years ago, and this year is thought to have been one of his best opportunities to do so since then.
The South Americans are in great shape going into this game, having gone 15 matches without losing.
Serbia, however, will not be a soft target for Tite’s players despite their lovely looks. Dragan Stojkovic’s team enjoyed a strong Nations League season, dropping only one of their six games after winning their qualification group.
They will be able to threaten most of the clubs in this competition because they have players like Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic in their ranks.
Brazil vs Serbia Predictions
Brazil will be focused on getting their World Cup season off to the best possible start with the quality roster they have at their hands. The Selecao will probably start a deadly attacking line in their opening match because they have Neymar, Raphinha, and Vinicius Junior among their ranks.
Head to Head
Brazil has a perfect record versus Serbia and has triumphed in each meeting with European opposition. The two sides’ previous meeting was during the 2018 World Cup’s pool stage when Brazil won easily by 2-0.
Brazil is the only side to have competed in each World Cup; this is their 22nd attendance at the event. Brazil has won 12 of their last 15 World Cup group-stage games, going undefeated.
Brazil has played 73 games and made a record for winning five World Cups. Serbia has successfully qualified for four out of the last 5 World Cups, with 2014 being the lone exception.