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Serbia vs Brazil prediction, team news and preview as Group E reaches its climax


BRAZIL take on Serbia on Wednesday in their bid to reach the knockout stages.

The South Americans endured a disappointing 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their first Group E match, before showing an improved performance in their victory over Costa Rica.

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Neymar celebrated with Douglas Costa after scoring to secure the win against Costa Rica

They will secure a place in the last 16 with a point against Serbia.

Yet, victory may not be enough to secure top spot with Switzerland only a goal behind on goal difference.

A defeat could even see the five-time winners knocked out of the World Cup, should the Swiss triumph against Costa Rica.

Here is everything you need to know about the game at Otkrytie Arena in Moscow…

Best bet

 Serbia have three points from their first two matches, following defeat against Switzerland

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Serbia have three points from their first two matches, following defeat against Switzerland

Despite victory against Costa Rica, Brazil have not yet lived up to their pre-tournament favourites hype so far.

With three strong teams in Group E, there was always going to be at least one that would miss out.

And knowing that Switzerland are heavy favourites in their Costa Rica clash, Serbia will want to go all out against the South Americans and could spring a shock result.

Betway have the Europeans to beat Brazil and potentially knock them out at a tantalising 11/2.

Fact me

  • Yugoslavia included, Serbia and Brazil have met four times at the World Cup. Their head-to-head record is perfectly balanced with one win each and two draws.
  • Serbia and Brazil’s first ever World Cup appearance was in a match against each other in 1930 – Yugoslavia running out 2-1 winners.
  • In total though (including as Yugoslavia), Serbia have faced Brazil on 19 occasions – winning just twice (D7 L10).
  • This will be the second meeting between Serbia and Brazil with the former as an independent nation – their first encounter was in a friendly in June 2014, Brazil winning 1-0.
  • In all competitions, Brazil are unbeaten in 13 matches (W9 D4 L0), conceding just three goals in that run.
  • Brazil have only managed one victory in their last seven World Cup games against European opposition (D2 L4) – a 3-1 win against Croatia in 2014.
  • As an independent nation, Serbia have lost each of the six World Cup matches in which they have conceded, winning the two in which they kept clean sheets.
  • Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored 18 goals in 26 games for club and country in 2018.
  • Philippe Coutinho has scored in each of his last three appearances for Brazil.
  • Brazil’s Neymar has been directly involved in 18 goals in his last 17 appearances for the national side (10 goals, 8 assists).
Neymar breaks down in tears as Brazil win their World Cup match against Costa Rica

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