2018 FIFA World Cup – Serbia vs Brazil Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Wednesday 27th June, 19:00

Where? Otkritie Arena

What channel is it on? ITV1

Where can I stream the match? The match can be streamed online via ITV Player

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/group-e-brazil-switzerland-costa-rica-serbia-tickets/ca5915

THE TEAM NEWS

SERBIA

  • Serbia will have to bounce back immediately after their heart-breaking loss to Switzerland as they need to beat Brazil to progress here.
  • Coach Mladen Krstajic is likely to face action from FIFA after his comments following the Switzerland game where he criticised officials.
  • Ljajic could come in for Kostic on the left side of the attacking trio behind Mitrovic but there are unlikely to be more changes.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):

Stojkovic

Ivanovic, Milenkovic, Tosic, Kolarov

Matic, Milivojevic

Tadic, Milinkovic-Savic, Ljajic

Mitrovic

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None

BRAZIL

  • Brazil salvaged a late victory with two injury time goals to beat Costa Rica and put them in pole position to win the group now.
  • They know a draw will suffice but they will want to avoid any drama and pick up a victory here against a fired up Serbian side.
  • Changes are unlikely as Tite has a settled team so Fagner will likely continue to deputise for Danilo at right-back in his absence.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3):

Alisson

Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo

Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho

Douglas Costa, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus

Unavailable: Danilo

Doubtful: None

THE PREDICTION

The pressure is on Serbia who have to win this match against Brazil and they do not typically deal well with such a burden on them. Brazil will be motivated to get the win, and will pick the Serbians off when they are afforded some space so take the South Americans to win with confidence.