The group stages of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is rounding up with one more day to go as Group E teams clash for their survival and look to qualify for the knock-out stages of the tournament. The Selecao are in for the Serbia Vs Brazil clash as both look to fancy their chances for the Round of 16.
A draw from the Serbia Vs Brazil match will be enough for the South Americans to qualify for the Round of 16 while Serbia need to win to go through. Meanwhile, the other Group E fixture between Switzerland and Costa Rica will also be taking place tonight at the same time.
Although Serbia are certainly aware of the daunting task of facing the mighty Brazil in tonight’s Serbia Vs Brazil encounter, they would definitely hope for miracles to happen. Moreover, with a number of upsets already gone down in this edition of the FIFA World Cup like Germany, Colombia, Argentina, etc. another one might be in the cards.
We have seen (Yugoslavia included) Serbia Vs Brazil four times in FIFA World Cups with a perfectly balanced head-to-head record of one win each and two draws, their first meeting being in the first ever World Cup tournament held in 1930 with the Serbians (then Yugoslavia) running out Brazil 2-1.
However, in total though, Brazil have faced Serbia in 19 occasions (including Yugoslavia) winning 10 times and ending level in 7 games.
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) June 27, 2018
Brazil head into this match after a 2-0 win over Costa Rica after drawing out their opening match 1-1 against Switzerland. Moreover, Brazil will be looking to continue their unbeaten run of 13 games coming into the Serbia Vs Brazil match.
Brazil, touted as one of the favourites to win the FIFA World Cup 2018, are slowly getting their rhythm back after a convincing performance against Costa Rica. Though, not their best performance but the second half was surely what we have been hoping to see from the South Americans.
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Possessing one of the most lethal attacks among the contenders with the likes of Neymar, Coutinho, Jesus, Firmino and Douglas Costa to name a few, infiltrating any opposition defense might not much of a difficulty. They will be going into the Serbia Vs Brazil match being confident about this fact.
Although, Brazil require only one point to get through to the knock-out stages, they will be wanting to get full three points and finish top of the group.
Phillipe Coutinho (Barcelona)
Despite the hype being on Neymar, this Barcelona forward is the actual person delivering for the Selecao at the FIFA World Cup 2018. Be it the match against Switzerland or Costa Rica, this young winger has been the key man for Brazil scoring the essential goals. His goal against Switzerland was an absolute scorcher saving Brazil from a defeat while the goal against Costa Rica was the real ice-breaker winning the Man of the Match award on both occasions.
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Capable of playing in various positions on the field be it as the main left-winger, secondary winger alongside midfield or as an attacking midfielder, Coutinho needs to go on like this if Brazil want to do well in this World Cup and tonight’s Serbia Vs Brazil clash will be another big step for Coutinho and Brazil.
Thiago Silva (Paris Saint Germain)
The PSG defender is the prime piece of the Brazilian defense entrusted with the responsibility to maintain discipline of the back-line. Thiago Silva is one of main reasons why Brazil have conceded only three goals in their last 13 games including the one against Switzerland.
THIAGO SILVA started the last 3 matches vs Russia, Germany and Croatia. Brazil kept 3 clean sheets.
Easily the Seleção's best and most complete CB, both in terms of defending and ball-abilities. He ended the match with the captain's armband. Monstro! pic.twitter.com/cSPVi1vljm
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) June 3, 2018
For Brazil to remain as one of the favourites to win the tournament, they need their best defender and captain to be rock solid in defense. With 4.3 interceptions and 1.2 tackles per game for PSG this season, Tite would want him to repeat the same for Brazil.
With the team performing much better in the last match against Costa Rica, Tite is likely to go into the Serbia Vs Brazil match with an unchanged team except for Douglas Costa in for the ineffective Willian.
After losing out to Switzerland by a 2-1 scoreline, tonight’s Serbia Vs Brazil match is their only chance to qualify for the knockout stages. They currently stand on 3 points winning their opening match against Costa Rica 1-0.
? “I truly believe that we have a great team that can take on Brazil”
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For the Orlovi to remain in the tournament, tonight’s Serbia Vs Brazil is a must win match. However, Serbia knows it very well about the formidable task of beating Brazil, one of the most balanced and deadly teams of the FIFA World Cup.
Nemanja Matic (Manchester United)
The Manchester United midfielder, one of the most important players for Serbia, has been the main shield for the Serbian defense. He covers up the whole of midfield providing key passes for the forward line as well as provides a barrier for the defense.
— Man Utd Updates (@utds_updates) June 27, 2018
Usually playing as a defensive midfielder, his prime task in the Serbia Vs Brazil match will be to cover up for the Serbian defense against the dangerous attack of Brazil. With the likes of Neymar, Coutinho, Jesus present in the Brazil lineup, the 29 year-old defensive midfielder will have to be at his best to keep them out and knock-out stage hopes alive.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio)
The young attacking midfielder from Lazio is Serbia’s key player and will be relying on him to do the play-making part for the Orlovi. Savic will have a tough time getting through the Brazilian defense with Silva and Miranda present but head coach Mladen Krstajic will be hoping that the 23 year-old produces a repetition of his brilliant performances at Lazio tonight.
MILINKOVIC-SAVIC (midfielder, Serbia NT):
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) June 26, 2018
Mladen Krstajic will not be looking to change his starting XI after good performances against Costa Rica and Switzerland.
This should be a walk in the park for Brazil looking at the teams, but nothing can be said after unexpected events happening in this FIFA World Cup.
Still the Serbia Vs Brazil encounter should end in 2-0 win for the Selecao pretty comfortably.