The Teams’ Routes to the World Cup
A team that never fails to excite, Brazil has qualified for every World Cup since the inaugural tournament held in Uruguay in 1930. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be Brazil’s 22nd appearance at the tournament. On only two occasions have the Brazilians been knocked out at the group stage and you have to go back to 1966 when the tournament was held in England when that last occurred. Brazil has won the World Cup five times, more than any other nation. The first time they won the World Cup was in Sweden in 1958 and they repeated their heroics in Chile, four years later. The greatest ever World Cup winning team that included Pelé, won in Mexico in 1970. 24 years later in 1994 Brazil won their 4th World Cup in the USA. Their most recent World Cup win happened 20 years ago in 2002 when Japan and South Korea hosted the tournament. In the last World Cup of 2018, held in Russia, Brazil was knocked out in the quarter-finals 2 – 1 by Belgium who ended the tournament in third place. To qualify for the 2022 World Cup, Brazil won the CONMEBOL qualification group remaining undefeated, winning 14 games and drawing 3.
Never underestimate the grit and determination of the Serbians. This was reflected during their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign. They were drawn into UEFA World Cup qualification Group A and had a stern test with other teams including Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan. They performed admirably and against the odds won the group winning 6 games and drawing 2, remaining unbeaten. Aleksandar Mitrović was the top scorer in the qualification phase scoring 8 goals, clearly beating the 6 goals scored by Christiano Ronaldo.
Since 2006 Brazil and Serbia have met on two occasions with the Brazilians winning both games. One of these games took place in the 2018 World Cup group stage. Brazil sealed their place in the round of 16 winning 2 – 0. If Serbia had won that game, it would have knocked Brazil out of the tournament.
Current Odds at mr.play
It is always going to be popular to try to predict who will win a game of football, or if the match will end in a draw. You can choose shorter or longer odds depending on which team is the favourite or which team is the underdog. With the game between Brazil versus Serbia, the world’s number one ranked team is expected to win. You can obtain odds at 47/100 for Brazil to win this match. However, the Serbians have a never say die attitude and will not easily be rolled over in this match. There will be an element of revenge having been knocked out of the 2018 World Cup by Brazil in the final group stage game. Odds are currently available at 33/10 for the final result to end in a draw or if you are brave and bet on Serbia winning, then you can get a return at 29/5. Take a punt on the match result, or choose from hundreds of alternative betting outcomes right here at mr.play, for the match between Brazil and Serbia.
Team Overviews & Player Profiles
Since 2016 Tite has been the Brazilian Head Coach. During his football career, he played in the Brazilian professional leagues and made over 100 appearances with Caxias. Unfortunately, his playing career was brought to an early end due to knee injuries. Since managing Brazil, he has taken charge of 74 matches, winning 55, drawing 14 and winning 5 giving an astonishing win ratio of 74.32%. You may think managing Brazil will be the easiest job in the world, but going into the 2022 World Cup with world-class players on every national team desperately wanting to win, Tite is going to make sure complacency does not creep into his squad.
One man who can turn a game of football on its head in an instance needing no introduction is Neymar. He may be the key to breaking down the resistance of the Serbians from the wing with his goals, playmaking, dribbling and trickery. Considered one of the best players in the world he has played for Barcelona and now Paris Saint-Germain where he has won multiple La Liga and Ligue 1 titles. He was presented as South American player of the year in 2012 and went on to play for Brazil in the 2014 and 2018 World Cups. At 30 years of age, he is the 4th most capped Brazilian international collecting 119. Having scored a total of 74 international goals, he only needs 3 more to equal the record set by the legendary Pelé.
Having the task of managing a team to beat Brazil may sound daunting. The players should not really need e motivation than playing the world’s best nation and Serbian manager Dragan Stojković, will further instil confidence. A midfielder in his playing days he was nicknamed the ‘Maradona of the Balkans’ captaining Red Star Belgrade and making nearly 200 appearances for J League Nagoya Grampus. He went into management in the Japanese J League before being appointed as the Serbian manager in 2021, the very same year he was awarded Serbian manager of the year. Having now managed 18 games for the Serbian national team his record presents 11 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses providing a win ratio of 61.11%. It’s apparent the Serbs are difficult to beat and Dragan Stojković is having no problems motivating his players.
A huge danger for the Brazilians will be the Serbian captain Dušan Tadić. The attacking midfielder/forward also captains Ajax where he has made 127 appearances, scoring 66 goals. With Ajax, he won the Dutch Premier League in 2020/2021 and was named Dutch footballer of the year. He has also had spells playing for Twente and Southampton. He has now made 88 appearances for Serbia and scored 18 goals and is the 5th most capped player of all time. In the 2018 World Cup, he scored four goals helping Serbia to win their group.
A Fantastic Opening to Group G
Brazil versus Serbia will be a thrilling opening game in Group G of the 2022 World Cup. In the 2018 World Cup, Brazil was responsible for ending the Serbian campaign and they will not have forgotten about this. Brazil has a team full of superstars including Neymar but Serbia has its own match winning Dušan Tadić. Can Brazil be put on the back foot early in the competition or will they prove they are worth their number 1 world ranking?