SERBIA vs BRAZIL: Eight teams from the first half of the groups have made it to the knockout stages and it’s time for the bottom half teams to go through. Serbia vs Brazil will be an intense battle and this for a place in the final 16. Brazil left it a little late but managed to squeeze in two goals in the final 10 minutes of their previous encounter against Costa Rica. Philippe Coutinho and Neymar coming to their rescue. Serbia won their opener against Costa Rica but failed to contain the Swiss. A draw here for Brazil should be enough. But will the Brazilians play for a draw? They’ve always played fearless football and are most likely to take this game and with it a place in the Round of 16. Fantasy football tips, match preview and stats for this fixture are drafted here.
WHEN: 27th JUNE, 11:30 PM, IST
WHERE: SPARTAK STADIUM, MOSCOW
GROUP E(Brazil, Switzerland, Serbia, Costa Rica)
Serbia vs Brazil & Switzerland vs Costa Rica. Who’s going to go through? Let’s take a look
Costa Rica are most certainly knocked out of the World Cup 2018 but they can play party spoilers if they draw points off Switzerland.
If Brazil win & Switzerland lose, both teams will make it through to the next round. Brazil will top the table and Switzerland will finish second.
Switzerland and Serbia will go through if Brazil lose and Switzerland win,
If both the games finish on parity, Brazil and Switzerland go through.
If Brazil and Switzerland go down, Serbia will top the group and goal difference will decide the second spot between Brazil & Switzerland.
Brazil are expected to replace Danilo with Fagner. The Manchester City right-back suffered a hamstring injury and will be out for this fixture.
Serbia will remain unchanged for this fixture.
EXPECTED PLAYING 11
Goalkeeper: Vladimir Stojkovic
Defenders: Branislav Ivanovic, Alexandar Kolarov, Nikola Milenkovic, Dusko Tosic
Midfielders: Dusan Tadic, Nemanja Matic, Luka Milivojevic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Adam Ljajic
Strikers: Aleksandar Mitrovic
Defenders: Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Fagner, Miranda
Midfielders: Paulinho, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho
Strikers: Willian, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus
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Serbia and Brazil have met 4 times at the World Cup. Both teams have won one game each and have drawn two.
Serbia and Brazil’s first ever World Cup appearance was in a match against each other in 1930. Yugoslavia won that fixture 2-1.
Philippe Coutinho has scored in each of his last three appearances for Brazil.
Neymar has been directly involved in 18 goals in his last 17 appearances for Brazil. He’s scored 10 goals and made 8.
Switzerland picked out the frailties in the Serbian defence and scored two quality goals. If they fancy scoring against the likes of Miranda and Thiago Silva, they need to display flawless football. Brazilians, on the other hand, are yet to operate at their optimum best but the win against Costa Rica in the last 10 minutes must have given them a major boost. Vladimir Stojkovic’s quality will be tested today with Neymar, Jesus and Coutinho in brilliant form. 3-1, Brazil is my prediction for this fixture.
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