2022 World Cup Preview: Brazil vs Serbia

The only nation to have appeared in all 22 editions, Brazil, will open their campaign against Serbia at the Lusail Iconic Stadium on Thursday, November 24 at 19:00GMT.

Brazil once again come into the world cup as the holders of numerous records including the most successful nation at the tournament with five titles. A Seleção last lost to Argentina in the Copa America final and are currently on a 15-match unbeaten run. The 2002 champions topped the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers with 45 points out of a possible 51. (14wins and 3 draws)

Serbia have been stuck in the group stage in their last three appearances and hold a bad record of seven losses in nine World Cup games. Nonetheless, the Eagles have found form under manager Dragan Stojković as they forced Portugal to a playoff after topping their group with a shocking win over the Euro 2016 champions. Serbia have also impressed at the UEFA Nations League this year.

FORM GUIDE (LAST FIVE MATCHES)

Brazil have a 100% record in their last five matches while scoring 3+ goals in four of them. Serbia are also in the form of their lives with four wins out of five.

BRAZIL

27 September 2022            Brazil               5–1         Tunisia             Friendly

23 September 2022            Brazil               3–0         Ghana              Friendly

29 March 2022                   Bolivia              0–4         Brazil               World Cup qualifier

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6 June 2022                      Japan                0–1         Brazil               Kirin Challenge Cup

2 June 2022                      South Korea       1–5         Brazil               Friendly

 

SERBIA

18 November 2022             Bahrain         1–5         Serbia              International friendly

27 September 2022            Norway        0–2         Serbia               UEFA Nations League

24 September 2022           Serbia          4–1         Sweden             UEFA Nations League

12 June 2022                    Slovenia       2–2         Serbia               UEFA Nations League

9 June 2022                      Sweden       0–1         Serbia                UEFA Nations League

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Both teams will engage each other for the third time in a trend that looks like once every four years. Brazil were 2-0 victors over Serbia in their only World Cup meeting which occurred in Russia last four years.

 

06 Jun 2014          Brazil      1-0          Serbia                   International Friendly

27 Jun 2018          Serbia     0-2          Brazil                     FIFA World Cup

 

TEAM NEWS

Manchester United’s Antony may be a doubt as he recovers from a minor injury but Brazil still have Neymar, Vinicius and Raphina to pick from while 38-year-old Thiago Silva leads the defence with Marquinhos. Tite is likely to continue with Richarlison in attack as well ahead of Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus.

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PREDICTED LINE-UP

(4-2-3-1): Alisson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Sandro; Casemiro, Paqueta; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr; Richarlison

 

SERBIA

Fulham talisman,  Aleksandar Mitrović is a major doubt for Serbia ahead of their opening match. Luka Jović and Dušan Vlahović are probably the men to rely on upfront in the absence of Mitrović while captain Dušan Tadić operates behind the duo.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UP

(3-4-1-2): V. Milinkovic-Savic; Milenkovic, S. Mitrovic, Pavlovic; Zivkovic, Gudelj, S. Milinkovic-Savic, Kostic; Tadic; Vlahovic, Jovic