Brazil vs Serbia preview, betting tips and prediction
Victory can secure top spot for the Selecao
Brazil to win with BTTS @ 27/10 with Coral
Brazil were many people’s favourite to win the World Cup before it started, and while they are on a good position to qualify for the knockout stages, they have not reached the heights many expected them to so far. Having started their first game against Switzerland brilliantly, taking an early lead through Philippe Coutinho’s superb strike, they stumbled as the game went on and ended up drawing 1-1. Until late against Costa Rica, they were staring down the barrel of a nervy final game, but late goals by Coutinho and Neymar saved the day. As a result, victory over Serbia will ensure they will go through, potentially as group winners. We expect them to win, but it could be another tough game.
Serbia have been impressive this summer, but they are by no means guaranteed a spot in the last 16. Aleksandar Kolarov’s trademark freekick was enough for them to get past Costa Rica, but despite dominating for much of the Switzerland game, they lost it after a late comeback courtesy of goals from Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri. But Aleksandar Mitrovic scored first and he was a constant threat throughout. The power Serbia possess, particularly in midfield, with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Nemanja Matic, could cause Brazil real problems. If they don’t win this game, progression to the next round certainly looks unlikely.
Coutinho seems to be in brilliant form right now, and he continues to outshine his friend Neymar. At 5/4 to score anytime, he is worth backing without doubt. He has been crucial in setting the tone for Brazil going forward. For Serbia, Mitrovic is our tip. He is the team’s focal point; every ball played against Switzerland was in search of him, and he could really give Thiago Silva and Joao Miranda a tough game, given his sheer strength and aerial prowess.
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