Brazil Team Info – Kings of the World cup
Brazil had a massively impressive run in the CONMEBOL qualifiers, where they finished first in the group. They scored 40 goals across all 17 matches, winning 14 and drawing 3. Their qualifying campaign was enough to win Brazil enough points to climb back to the top of the world rankings, clinching the first place from Belgium, who had sat there for nearly 4 years. Since their humiliating exit in the 2014 World Cup, where they lost to Germany in the semi finals 7-1, and their early exit in the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup to Belgium, Brazil have gone through an almost complete restructuring.
They have some excellent players to pick from for their World Cup squad, including goalkeepers Alisson and Ederson, and defenders Dani Alves, Alex Sandro, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Eder Militao, Alex Telles, and many more. Their midfield is also enviable, with world class stars in Casemiro, Lucas Paqueta, Fabinho, Fred, Artur, Philippe Coutinho, and numerous more. In attack, they can pick between the extremely young players such as Gabriel, Antony, Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior, Antony, and players in their mid-20s such as Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison, Raphinha. They also have Roberto Firminho and Neymar, who are the oldest players in the attack, aged 31 and 30. For Neymar, this World Cup could cement his name on the podium of the greatest Brazilian footballing legends. He is 3 goals behind Pele's goal tally of 77, and if he can equal or better the record and bring the World Cup back to Brazil, then he will definitely become one of the greats.
Serbia Team Info – A Team to Be Weary Of
The 14th of November in 2021 was a day of massive drama for Serbia. They played their final game of the UEFA Group A qualifiers, and they had the same number of points as Portugal, who were at the top of the table on goal difference. The game was played in Lisbon, and because of the goal difference, Serbia could only take the top spot if they won the game. They had a brilliant qualifying campaign up until that point, with Aleksander Mitrovic scoring 7 goals, 1 more than Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo. Portugal scored in the 2nd minute, but captain Dusan Tadic equalised for Serbia in the 33rd minute. In the 90th minute of the game, Aleksander Mitrovic scored to take Serbia to the top of the table.
The team did extremely well in their qualifiers, especially as they were ranked 30th in the world rankings, compared with Portugal in the 5th place. The Serbian goalkeeper, Marko Dmitrovic, and their defenders Stefan Mitrovic, Milos Veljkovic, Strahinja Pavlovic, and Filip Mladenovic, were all important in the qualifiers. Their midfielders Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Dusan Tadic, and Filip Kostic all scored goals. The main striker, Aleksander Mitrovic, is now 28 years old and has scored 46 goals from 74 appearances. He was instrumental for Fulham, whom he helped promote to the Premier League with his 45 goals in the English Championship.
Brazil vs Serbia Head-to-head
Brazil and Serbia played against each other in the 2018 World Cup. They were drawn into the same group, but it did not bode well for Serbia, who lost the match 2-0 and eventually finished in third place. Brazil, on the other hand, won the group.
Brazil vs Serbia Betting Preview
It is never too early to start placing bets on Brazil in the World Cup. You will find that for this first match, there are masses of bets available, and you will be able to bet on many aspects of the game. For example, you may want to bet on Aleksander Mitrovic or Neymar to score, Brazil to win and score 3 or more goals, and a lot more.
The first bets you may want to check are the player goal bets, where you can see the odds on players such as Neymar, Vinicius Jr, Gabriel, Aleksander Mitrovic, and others, scoring in this match. These bets will only be made available once information about the lineups are revealed. You can even ramp up the odds by betting Neymar to score the opening goal, or Mitrovic scoring the final goal of the match, as there will be bets for which player or players will score the first and last goals.
Handicap betting is where you back a team to win by a certain margin or more. You can pick one of the multiple negative numbers offered, each coming with increasingly longer odds, and this will be subtracted from the score of the team of your choice - who will need to win the game with the adjusted score. There are also positive handicaps that favour your team, which will be added to the team’ score but these will come at increasingly shorter odds.
If you bet on Brazil to win with a handicap of -2.5 then you will need Brazil to finish the game 3 or more goals ahead of Serbia. If you pick a handicap of -3 then you will need Brazil to finish 4 or more goals ahead of Serbia to win your bet, but if they only score 3 goals then you will receive a refund as the match will be considered a draw.
If you pick a handicap of -2.75 then half of your stake will go on a handicap of -2.5 whilst the other half will go on a handicap of -3. If Brazil wins the match by 4 or more goals then both halves of the bet will win and you will receive your winnings. If Brazil only wins by 3 goals then the -2.5 half of your bet will pay out in full, whilst the -3 half of your bet will be refunded.
Over/Under Total Goals
This is a bet on how many goals will be scored by both teams in the match. To place a bet, you have to pick a betting line and then bet on the game to have over or under that number of goals. For example, if you pick a line of 4.5 and bet under, then you will need Brazil and Serbia to score a combined 4 goals or less. If you pick over, you will need their combined score to be 5 or more.
X Goal Sequence
With this bet you will need to pick the number of goals scored in the match, which team will score them, and in what order. For example, you can pick a five goal sequence, in which Brazil wins 4-1 and the sequence is H/H/H/A/H. The H in this case stands for the home team - which is Brazil, and the A stands for the away team - which is Serbia.
And Even More
You will find that there are hundreds more bets available on the match between Brazil and Serbia. You can bet on anything including Brazil to win the first half, Serbia to score the first goal, Serbia to win either half, Brazil to reverse the result, Brazil to score in both halves, Brazil to keep a clean sheet, either team to score in the first 5 minutes, and many more.
If you are planning to bet on the matches in the World Cup, then you should try to make a budget for how much you want to bet with. There are many matches in the tournament and even more selections available for each match, so you should try to make sure you avoid spending more than your financial means. If you need help on the topic, you can always turn to gambleaware.co.uk where there is a lot of useful counsel.