Brazil vs. Serbia Betting Odds & Recap
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Results: Brazil 2 – 0 Serbia
The world’s eyes were on Neymar and Brazil as they opened their potential World Cup-winning campaign with a 2-0 win over Serbia thanks to a Richarlison brace.
The Tottenham striker struck twice after half-time, the second one being an acrobatic scissor kick after teeing himself up inside the penalty area, to give the world number-one ranked side the perfect start to their campaign in Qatar. Serbia had defended superbly to keep Brazil out for the first hour at the Lusail Stadium, but the quality of Tite’s side shone.
Serbia had sporadic possession up front –how can you not with the hulking-yet-stylish presence of Aleksandar Mitrovic– but had to wait until the 37th minute for an actual shot via the right boot of Filip Mladenovic.
Brazil had plenty of chances throughout the match, but Serbia’s defense held its own. They shut down some of the best attackers in the world thanks to constant drilling and discipline at the back. Although, the way they were set up, allowing the two chances that led to goals for Richarlison.
While Brazil’s dominance was displayed, the headlines were directed toward Neymar. After getting fouled more than any player at the World Cup, Neymar is out for the remainder of the Group Stage. In addition, Neymar got hit with an ankle-crunching tackle late in the game. The best way to describe his ankle without a picture is a tennis ball taped to his ankle.
Brazil will look to keep the momentum and qualify early to allow Neymar more time to recover. He is expected to play in the next stage, but you never know. Serbia hopes to bounce back and at least get second in the group to advance.
Were We On the Right Track?
Below you will find all the predictions we made before the matchup, on November 18, 2022.
Can Anyone Stop Brazil?
Brazil’s odds to win the World Cup keep getting shorter and shorter ahead of Qatar 2022. They’re now +350 favorites to win the competition but a South American team hasn’t won since 2002, Brazil’s last title. Tite’s side open up their World Cup campaign vs. Serbia next Thursday and are in excellent form. Still, Serbia have pulled off some excellent results in the last couple of years and finished above Portugal in UEFA qualifying. Let’s see what the Brazil vs. Serbia betting odds have to say as we preview the match.
Brazil vs. Serbia
Location: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar
Date & Time:
Streaming: FOX, Telemundo, Peacock
Team Standings and Odds:
|Team||FIFA World Ranking||World Cup Qualifying Record||Odds to Advance||Odds to Win Group||Odds to Win World Cup|
|Brazil||1||14-3-0, 1st CONMEBOL||-2500||-275||+350|
|Serbia||21||6-2-0, 1st UEFA Group A||+110||+550||+8000|
|Jun. 2018:||Serbia 0-2 Brazil|
|Jun. 2014:||Brazil 1-0 Serbia|
Brazil and Serbia have met on two occasions, which both ended in Brazil wins. Serbia met Brazil in the World Cup in 2018, in Group E. Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored for Brazil as they picked up a 2-0 win. Brazil also beat Serbia in a 2014 friendly. The Orlovi are still looking for their first-ever goal vs. Brazil.
Brazil Stacked in Attacking Areas
- Brazil – Upcoming Matches: Nov. 28 vs. Switzerland, Dec. 2 vs. Cameroon
It’s not difficult to see why Brazil are the World Cup favorites. They’ve got one of the most well rounded teams in the tournament and have lost just one match since 2019. Franky, the attacking corps Tite has at his disposal is absurd. How are all of Neymar, Richarlison, Raphinha, Gabriel Jesus, Antony, Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo supposed to get playing time? Neymar would start for any team in the world and the rest would start for nearly any other team. Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo were instrumental in Real Madrid’s 2022 Champions League title. Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus has been a key player for Premier League leaders Arsenal.
A Seleção have excellent players all over the pitch. The fact that Alisson and Ederson are Brazil’s two top goalies almost seems unfair. Incredibly, a 39-year old Dani Alves made the side and Thiago Silva is still around too. Marquinhos, Danilo and Eder Militao are all highly dependable players at the back as well. The midfield is mostly made up of players based in England. That includes Manchester United’s Casemiro and Fred, West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta, Liverpool’s Fabinho and Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes. Guimaraes has been a key cog in Eddie Howe’s third place Magpies side.
Brazil will be favored in all three group stage games and they certainly have the talent to sweep. They’ve made at least the quarterfinals in their last four World Cup appearances and this is one of their strongest teams in recent memory. Perhaps Brazil breaks their 20-year World Cup drought in this tournament but it’s a long road ahead.
Serbia Going Under the Radar
- Serbia – Upcoming Matches: Nov. 28 vs. Cameroon, Dec. 2 vs. Switzerland
Serbia quite possibly have two of the top 15 strikers in the world on their roster. Unfortunately, they’re both nursing injuries heading into the World Cup. Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrović and Juventus’s Dusan Vlahovic are nightmares for opposing defenses. The hope is that they’ll be ready to take on Brazil next Thursday but only time will tell. If they’re healthy they’ll form one of the best strike forces in the tournament. With Filip Kostic and Dusan Tadic providing immaculate service, Serbia will be a team nobody wants to face.
Sure, the Brazil vs. Serbia betting odds price Serbia as underdogs but they’re no stranger to being counted out. They managed to go undefeated vs. Portugal in UEFA World Cup qualifiers and finished ahead of them in Group A. Serbia have also defeated Norway, Hungary and Sweden twice this year. The Orlovi managed to finish on top of their UEFA Nations League group and will be in the A League next time around.
Serbia’s midfield is solid, with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Nemanja Gudelj alongside Kostic and Tadic. As fate would have it, Serbia are paired with Brazil and Switzerland once again, who they lost to in 2018. While winning the Brazil match will be a big challenge, they’ll want to exact revenge on Switzerland and will feel capable of doing so. At +110 odds to qualify for the knockout stage, Serbia are more than capable of going on a run at Qatar 2022.
Match Analysis and Odds:
Neymar’s Brazil come into the match as one-goal favorites. Neymar and Vinicius Jr. can cause problems for even the best defenders in the world. Serbia’s fullbacks need to be prepared for a bombardment. Brazil are -135 favorites to cover the spread, while Serbia +1 shows +115 odds. A quick look at the Brazil vs. Serbia betting odds also shows Brazil are -225 favorites to win the match. Serbia’s moneyline comes in at +625 odds while a draw sits at +360.
Brazil’s defense doesn’t get a lot of credit because they’re known for their flamboyant attackers. However, this is an excellent group that doesn’t give up goals easily. They haven’t conceded more than one goal in a match for over two years, and still they ended up defeating Peru 4-2 that day. In 2022, Brazil have kept five shutouts in eight international matches.
Brazil are priced at -170 odds to score more than one goal and the over/under goal total for the match is 2½. Unsurprisingly, the over comes in at -130 odds and the under sits at +110.
Serbia have managed to keep four shutouts in eight matches this year but lost 3-0 to Denmark in a March friendly. They did manage to keep Erling Haaland quiet in September but they’re a bit vulnerable vs. top teams. Brazil are priced at -170 odds to score more than one goal and the over/under goal total for the match is 2½. Unsurprisingly, the over comes in at -130 odds and the under sits at +110. I don’t think many neutral fans would complain about a goalfest with the attacking talent on both sides.