The five-time world champions Brazil begin their Group G campaign against Serbia on Thursday at the Lusail Stadium, where they are widely regarded as the favorites to win the 2022 World Cup. Four years ago, the two countries faced off in the group stage, with the Selecao coming out on top with a 2-0 triumph. Now, they will reacquaint themselves.
Following a record-breaking CONMEBOL qualification campaign, which saw Brazil collect more points (45) than ever before after winning 14 and drawing three of their 17 games, Brazil arrived in Qatar as the only country in World Cup history to have qualified for every tournament since the first edition back in 1930.
|Team And Group||Brazil vs Serbia, Group G|
|Time||Thursday, 19:00 GMT (14:00 EST, 16:00 BRT & 20:00 CET).|
|FIFA Ranking||Brazil (1), Serbia (21)|
Since losing 2-1 to Norway in 1998, the Selecao hasn’t lost in any of their last 15 World Cup group games. They also haven’t had many issues during group stage play over the years. Brazil won their fifth World Cup in Seoul 20 years ago, so there is pressure on Tite’s talented team to live up to the pre-tournament hype and improve on their quarterfinal exit against Belgium four years ago.
Brazil is currently ranked number one in the world by FIFA. Brazil’s credentials will be tested for the first time by Serbia, but the Selecao are brimming with confidence going into their match against Serbia on Thursday. They have a 15-game winning streak overall and have won their last seven games by an average score of 26-2.
The last time Tite’s team lost in any competition was a narrow 1-0 loss to South American rivals Argentina in the 2021 Copa America final. Serbia has failed to advance past the group stage at each of its previous three World Cups since gaining independence in 1990, but there is hope that they will succeed in Qatar and make it all the way to the knockout stages.
Brazil vs Serbia Live-Streaming:
Live coverage of the game between Brazil and Serbia at the Qatar 2022 World Cup is available on BBC One in the UK. At 18:30 GMT, the free-to-air public broadcast television network will start airing its shows. Along with the Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV channels, the match will also be free to watch live on the Jio Cinema app and website.
Brazil possible starting lineup:
Alisson, Danilo, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Sandro, Paqueta, Casemiro, Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr., and Richarlison
Starting lineup options for Serbia:
- Milenkovic, Mitrovic, Pavlovic, Kostic, Tadic, Zivkovic, Gudelj, S. Milinkovic-Savic, and Jovic
Brazil vs Serbia 2022 Prediction:
Brazil 3-1 Serbia, we claim
Brazil cannot expect that Thursday’s match with Serbia will be a stroll in the park and must be at the top of their game if they desire to make the perfect start in Group G after witnessing South American rivals Argentina suffer a stunning setback in their opening group encounter. Though Serbia’s porous defense allowed goals in all eight of their UEFA qualifying matches, the Selecao should still take heart from the fact that Tite’s plethora of attacking skills should prevail in Lusail.