Our football match prediction:
Brazil were on the verge of dropping two points in Friday’s football match against Costa Rica, but the likes of Coutinho and Neymar eventually scored in the stoppage time to help the South American giants record their first win at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. The Brazilians are one point away from booking their place in the last 16, but they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against Serbia. Following a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in their opener, Serbia suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Switzerland in their second group game. The Serbs face a must-win situation against Brazil, meaning that Neymar and Co. are likely to have a number of chances to score on the break. Serbia obviously struggle at the back and we do not believe that the likes of Tosic and Milenkovic are capable of preventing pacey Brazil attackers from scoring.
Highlighted Player (Matic):
Nemanja Matic is a Serbian footballer who plays for Premier League side Chelsea. The 194-cm-tall midfielder was born on 1 August, 1988 and he began his football career (youth) at Radnicki Obrenovac. In 2005 he signed for Kolubara and after impressing with Kosice in the 2008/2009 campaign, Chelsea owners decided to sign him. Nemanja spent the 2010/2011 season on loan at Vitesse and at the end of the season he signed a deal with Portuguese giants Benfica, with David Luiz heading in the other direction. Matic was in the form of his life in the 2013/2014 Primeira Liga campaign and he helped the Eagles clinch the domestic trophy. He rejoined Chelsea in 2014 for a fee of €25M and he helped the Blues win the Premier League title in the 2014/2015 season. Nemanja Matic has also developed into a key member of the Serbian national team that have been largely struggling of late.
Highlighted Team (Brazil):
One of the most decorated teams in world football, Selecao have also been regarded as one of the most attractive and exciting teams with glowing reputation preceding them. Members of the CONMEBOL confederation, Brazil have played their first international in 1914 losing to bitter rivals Argentina with a comfortable 3-0 margin. Brazil is the most successful nation in the FIFA World Cup with five championship title to their name. However, Selecao failed to advance past the quarter-finals of the last two tournaments last winning their World Cup in 2002. Their last title was the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the star-studded team will be looking to get back to winning ways at this year’s historic Copa America Centenario in the United States. Legendary Pele is Brazil’s top scorer with 77 goals to his name, while the team’s biggest star of the modern era Barcelona forward Neymar is sitting in fifth place having so far netted 46.