Match Preview: Brazil VS Serbia

Brazil's squad for World Cup
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Brazil, five-time winners of the FIFA world cup, will begin their journey in the Qatar World Cup tomorrow. In Group G, Brazil will face Serbia in their first game at the Lusail Stadium.

Stats & Records

Brazil are the most successful team in the history of the FIFA World Cup. Moreover, they participated in every event of the FIFA World Cup, the only team to have this record.

However, Brazil faced Serbia only two times. The Selecao won each of their two games against Serbia. In 2018, Brazil netted two goals to beat Serbia. Earlier in, Brazil defeated Serbia by a one-goal margin.

Recent Form

Brazil have been playing brilliantly in recent times. The Tite boys are unbeaten in their last 15 games. Moreover, Brazil won 12 of these games, and the remaining three were drawn. Brazil lost their last match in 2021, in the final of Copa America against Argentina. The team has been unbeaten since then.

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On Serbia’s side, they have qualified for the FIFA World Cup for four of their last five world cup tournaments. Unfortunately, they failed to qualify for the Brazil World Cup in 2014.

But Serbia played well in their last six games before coming to Qatar. They won five of their last six matches and didn’t lose a game. Moreover, they scored 20 goals in their last six matches and conceded only five.

Team News

Brazil announced one of the strongest squads in the Qatar World Cup. They have many options for a place. However, Brazil might miss several players due to injury. Antony, Bruno Guimaraes, and Alex Telles are in doubt. But, the manager will wait for them until the last.

If they miss the game, the manager is likely to set up the team formation with 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1, where Thiago Silva, Danilo, Marquinhos, and Alex Sandro will play in the back four. However, Allison Backer is the first choice between the goalposts. 

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Casemiro and Paqueta or Fred would play in the defensive midfield, while Neymar will definitely start as the attacking midfielder or a left-winger. Raphinha and Vinicius Junior are likely to play as wingers, while Richarlison will play as the center forward.