Brazil are the heavy favourite with most bookies, with good reason, but they do face a relatively tough test to get their World Cup 2022 campaign underway. Tite’s squad, full of top talents, will battle Serbia in Lusail and will be looking to get off with a bang.
They eased into the Qatar finals by winning 14 of their 17 qualifying matches and drawing their other three matches, and it’s not a surprise they top the World Cup betting odds, though it’s worth remembering we’ve been here before.
In 2014 Brazil were also the favourites to secure their sixth World Cup crown before they were sensationally thumped 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals, a result made all the more incredible given they were the hosts of the tournament.
Tite has Brazil well drilled, and you can expect the likes of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, and Richarlison to be among the goals.
The Brazilian national team have lost just twice in their last 30 matches, both coming against arch-rivals Argentina, but they won’t find facing Serbia a walk in the park, and in many ways, Dragan Stojkovic’s side have nothing to lose and have a decent amount of established talent to hold out against their illustrious opponents.
It’s worth remembering that Serbia topped their World Cup qualifying group, going undefeated despite facing the likes of Portugal. They’ve also topped their Nations League group and are, therefore, very much on a good run of form.
Serbia have a mountain to climb, and though they may offer stiff resistance, we expect them to lose their opener with Brazil. Grosvenor Sports offer a healthy 47/20 on Brazil to win and both teams to score, a good double for the neutral to back with a wager.
We’d back Brazil to win this one 3-1, Fulham’s Aleksandr Mitrovic providing a consolation for the Serbians.