The World Cup favourite, Brazil, will start their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign on Thursday at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. The venue will host the final on December 18 and Brazil have their eyes on reaching the tournament’s showpiece game.
Bookmakers have Brazil at odds of 3/1 ahead of their tournament starting on Thursday. After Argentina’s slip-up on Tuesday, their odds lengthened to 9/1.
Brazil’s group stage campaign may not be as straightforward as some believe it will. Serbia are not at the 2022 FIFA World Cup to make up the numbers. Manager Dragan Stojkovic has a group of strong players competing for clubs across Europe.
Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic will lead the line if fit for the game. Yet, he isn’t the only star forward for Serbia. Juventus’s Dusan Vlahovic will have a point to prove in the attack. Can Brazil get the win as expected or will Serbia spring another World Cup shock?
Sportsbooks’ best betting odds on a Brazil win at full-time are 1/2. Serbia are at odds of 11/2 to win, while a draw is at the best betting odds of 16/5. Let’s explore some ideas for a bet builder for the World Cup fixture.
Brazil vs Serbia Bet Builder
For the final match in the first round of the group stage we have handpicked a five selection Brazil vs Serbie bet builder worth 9/2. Check out these picks for Thursday evening's World Cup match.
Double chance: Brazil win or Serbia win
A lot of football fans are likely to believe Brazil will walk over Serbia and move on to the second game of the group stage. However, there is a sneaking suspicion Serbia could be stronger than the Brazilians believe.
Argentina were shocked on Tuesday by Saudi Arabia 2-1. The Argentines, who defeated Brazil in 2021 for the Copa America trophy, were lifeless and seemed to think they deserved to win before the game started. Denmark were later denied a win by Tunisia as the match finished nil-nil.
Serbia could spring a surprise on the tournament favourites. Therefore, our betting tips prediction is to cover two potential outcomes with a double chance Brazil win or Serbia win. Alternatively, you may want to go with a Brazil win or draw at full-time.
Brazil are on a seven-game winning streak in international football. However, fans should question the Brazilians’ strength of schedule. Brazil were the favourite to win the last two World Cups but failed to reach the final in both.
Both teams to score: YES
Once again, this is a tricky fixture for Brazil to start World Cup Group G. In contrast to what some fans are saying, Group G looks difficult with Switzerland and Cameroon also in the group.
Three of Serbia’s last four games in all competitions saw both teams score goals. Two of Brazil’s last four matches in all competitions finished with both teams finding the back of the net.
Brazil have an incredible array of attacking options with Neymar being the highest profile. If Tite isn’t able to get a goal from his first option, he can rotate the frontman to find a scorer.
Serbia have some fantastic attacking options. The Serbians are one of the dark horses of the World Cup. Can they win it all? It is unlikely, but Serbia can spring a shock or two. Our betting tips prediction is for both teams to score. Four of the opening eight games at the World Cup ended BTTS.
Total goals: Over 2.5 goals
There is a potential for goals between Brazil and Serbia on Thursday. Only three of the opening eight games of the tournament finished with over 2.5 goals.
The tournament’s opening eight games were rather low scoring as teams worked hard defensively to prevent giving up goals and dropping points.
Our betting tips prediction is for over 2.5 goals to be scored between Brazil and Serbia. The attacking options on both sides are immense and could lead to goals. Brazil’s last two games finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Three of Serbia’s last four games in all competitions ended with over 2.5 goals scored.
After eight World Cup matches, the tournament is averaging 2.75 goals per match. Brazil have a strong defence and a world-class goalkeeper in Alisson Becker. However, the knock on Brazil is that they play a soft fixture list outside of CONMEBOL. Even games in CONMEBOL against teams like Paraguay and Venezuela are not the most difficult.
There is the worry that Brazil will struggle against teams from Europe. Brazil can learn from archrival Argentina. The Argentines took Saudi Arabia far too lightly in their opening game and lost 2-1. Brazil cannot afford to take Serbia lightly or the same fate will occur.
Both teams to receive a card: YES
World Cup referees handed out 32 cards in the opening eight games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The tournament’s matches averaged 4.0 cards per game in the opening eight fixtures.
Referees have not been afraid to hand out yellow cards against aggressive teams at the World Cup. Saudi Arabia picked up the most yellow cards thus far at the tournament with six and all six cards were against Argentina.
Serbia will need to play hard and physically against Brazil. There should be a large total of fouls as Serbia try to slow down the Brazilian attack.
Brazil could be frustrated by the Serbians, leading them to receive a yellow card as well. Our betting tips prediction is for both teams to receive a yellow card on Thursday at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.
Six of the eight opening matches at the FIFA World Cup finished with both teams receiving a yellow card. Only England and Argentina did not receive a yellow card. Unlike their contemporaries, Brazil should get a booking along with Serbia.