Serbia take on Brazil in Group E on Wednesday evening, with both sides still in with a chance of reaching the knockout phase of the World Cup in Russia. However, with Brazil currently sitting top of the standings after two matches, the emphasis will be on the five-time winners to take the game to their opponents in Moscow.
2018 World Cup – Spartak Stadium, Moscow – Wednesday 27th June – 19:00 UK Time
The final round of matches in Group E brings together Serbia and Brazil in the Russian capital, with the European side knowing that they are likely to need all three points if they are to qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament. However, with Brazil having headed to Russia this summer in an attempt to win their sixth World Cup, it promises to be a tough 90 minutes for Serbia. For those still unsure of who to back ahead of kick-off, it is well worth checking out our top betting tip below. However, let’s first take a closer look at the two teams, starting with Serbia.
Serbia Team News & Form
Serbia were caught out by a last minute goal from Switzerland last time around, meaning that they remained on three points in the Group E standings. Manager Mladen Krstajic is likely to stick with the same starting line-up that featured from the off against the Swiss however, with six of their squad facing the prospect of being suspended for the Round of 16, should they qualify. Serbia have scored in both of their matches to date, with Aleksandar Mitrovic set to lead the line once more.
Brazil Team News & Form
Brazil will be without full-back Danilo and winger Douglas Costa for their clash against Serbia, with the latter having made a significant impact after coming on as a substitute during their win over Costa Rica last time around. Elsewhere, Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino could start in place of Gabriel Jesus, who has yet to open his World Cup account.
Head to Head
The two nations have met just once in the past, coming in a friendly encounter back in June 2014, when Brazil ran out narrow 1-0 winners. Former forward Fred scored the goal for Brazil that day, however with no matches between the duo having taken place since, few conclusions can be made surrounding their head-to-head record.
Betting Odds and Predictions
Given their status as one of the World Cup favourites and their large number of attacking options, it perhaps comes as little surprise that Brazil are the firm favourites for victory on Wednesday with the majority of major online bookmakers. The South American giants are available to back at odds of 1/2 with William Hill, while Serbia are priced at 13/2 on the same platform to cause an upset in Moscow. Meanwhile, a draw after 90 minutes is also available at 7/2 with Paddy Power.
Top Betting Tip
However, our top betting tip for the match is to bet on over 2.5 goals being scored during the 90 minutes in Moscow, a market is available at a best price of 17/20 with Ladbrokes. Check some betting sites to find the best odds for this game.