Neymar and Coutinho have been in good form for Brazil ahead of Serbia clash
Brazil play their final group game of the World Cup this coming Wednesday (27 June) looking to secure top pot in Group E against Serbia. Tite’s side have four points from two games this far and look to be in pole position – another three points here would set them in good stead for the knock-out phase.
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Brazil dominated Costa Rica in their last game but had to wait until injury time to finally break the deadlock. They will hope to do a more efficient job against Serbia as they look to end the group stages on a positive.
Serbia, meanwhile, are facing an uphill struggle to reach the round of 16 after losing to Switzerland last time out. They are now at 6.00 to qualify but just 1.12 to fall at the first hurdle.
Brazil remain the clear favourites ahead of Switzerland and Serbia to top the group. The five-time world champions are priced at just 1.36 to finish in first place and the price drops even further, to 1.071, for the Brazilians to reach the second round, according to Oddsshark.
And, ahead of this match, it is clear that it is the South Americans are the red hot favourites to take all three points. Brazil are priced at just 1.50, while Serbia are out at 7.50 to pick up the win.
Serbia have a poor record against South American nations and Tite’s side should manage to record a victory. While predicting the exact score is at times a thankless task, a repeat of their 2-0 win from the last round is priced at 7.00.
Since Tite took over, Brazil have been far more solid at the back, and there is a strong chance that this will be a low scoring game. You can back under 2.5 goals in this game at a price of 1.85 – over 2.5 goals is slightly higher at 1.95, giving you a chance to almost double your investment.
Serbia do, however, have some potent weapons in attack. Aleksandar Mitrovic ended last season in excellent form for Fulham, and is at 3.20 to score in this one, ant 7.50 to net either the first or last goal of the game.
Tite, on the other hand, has a wealth of attacking options to call upon. Neymar, who scored his first goal of the World Cup last time out against Costa Rica, is at 4.33 to open the scoring and 2.00 to score during the game, as is centre forward Gabriel Jesus.
Brazil’s leading scorer at the tournament so far is Philippe Coutinho, however. The Barcelona playmaker has two goals already, and is priced at 2.40 to add a third goal to his tally.
You could also potentially double your money by backing both teams to score at 2.00 although, given Brazil’s recent defensive solidity, they may well manage to keep a clean sheet. Opting for “No” on both teams to score is priced at 1.75.
Brazil’s recent form should really give the Serbians good reason to worry. They have won five of their last six games and are one of the favourites to win the World Cup, priced at just 5.00.
In terms of technical quality Serbia just do not boast the same strength in depth as their South American counterparts and, in all honesty, this should be a fairly comfortable evening’s work for Tite and his side. Serbia know they need to win to stand a chance of going through, meaning that as they attack there will be open spaces for Brazil to exploit.
You can back Tite’s men to win this game by a winning margin of three goals at a price of just 7.00. A score draw is at the slightly shorter price of 6.00, while if you think this game will end goalless you can back that at 11.00, offering you more than a ten-fold return on any investment.
Brazil have failed to score in just one of their last 14 competitive matches and this match should not buck the norm. Brazil are unbeaten in their last 13 games and this should be another three points for the World Cup favourites.
Odds: Serbia (7.50), Brazil (1.50), draw (4.50)
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP THIRD ROUND GROUP GAMES
Monday, 25 June
3.00pm – (5.00) Saudi Arabia 2x 1 Egypt (1.80)
3.00pm – (2.90) Uruguay 3 x 0 Russia (2.87)
7.00pm – (6.00) Iran 1 x 1 Portugal (1.66)
7.00pm – (1.36) Spain 2 x 2 Morocco (11.00)
Tuesday, 26 June
3.00pm – (3.00) Australia x Peru (2.50)
3.00pm – (4.75) Denmark x France (2.25)
7.00pm – (3.50) Iceland x Croatia (2.25)
7.00pm – (6.50) Nigeria x Argentina (1.55)
Wednesday, 27 June
3.00pm – (2.40) Mexico x Sweden (3.30)
3.00pm – (17.00) South Korea x Germany (1.20)
7.00pm – (7.50) Serbia x Brazil (1.50)
7.00pm – (1.80) Switzerland x Costa Rica (6.00)
Thursday, 28 June
3.00pm – (2.50) Japan x Poland (3.20)
3.00pm – (4.40) Senegal x Colombia (1.90)
7.00pm – (2.90) England x Belgium (2.80)
7.00pm – (4.50) Panama x Tunisia (1.85)