Following a disappointing run that saw them get bounced out in the Quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup, Brazil begin their quest to glory as they take on Serbia in the first match of Group G. This match takes place on Nov. 24 at Lusail Stadium, with kickoff set at 2 p.m. ET.
The overall favorites to win the 2022 World Cup, Brazil placed first in CONMEBOL qualifying, not losing a single match during that stretch with 14 wins and three draws.
In a group that featured Portugal, Serbia shocked the UEFA qualifying by going unbeaten in eight matches to earn their bid for the 2022 World Cup.
It’s clear that Brazil are the favorite to come out of Group G, so keeping their scoring at a minimum will be crucial for Serbia.
Brazil vs Serbia Odds
- 3-way handicap: Brazil (-215) | Draw (+340) | Serbia (+600)
- Draw No Bet: Brazil (-575) | Serbia (+380)
- Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 (-120) | Under 2.5 (-110)
- Both Teams to Score: Yes (-105) | No (-125)
Brazil vs Serbia odds are current as of Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. ET on Caesars Sportsbook.
Brazil are the heavy favorite in this match and will continue to be the favorites in every match during their World Cup run. Oddsmakers can see both the Over and Under in goals happen in this match.
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Brazil vs Serbia Prediction
Brazil 3-0 Serbia
The last time Brazil and Serbia played each other was in the 2018 World Cup Group Stage, in which the Seleção won 2-0 en route to a group stage victory while Serbia were knocked out. This match will see a similar outcome.
Overall, Brazil have the best overall roster, with stars that include Neymar, Richarlison, Vinícius Júnior, Antony, Gabriel Jesus, Raphinha, Bruno Guimarães, Fabinho, Casemiro, Thiago Silva, and Alisson. They have the great problem of too many players that deserve to start.
Every player on the roster plays at the top level of their domestic clubs, such as the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A, and Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, so the talent is there for Brazil.
Serbia also sports a strong squad with players at top-flight clubs, but nowhere near as talented as Brazil. The Eagles are led by captain Dušan Tadić in the midfield, along with Aleksandar Mitrović and Luka Jović up front.
This will be a high-paced match, as most players on both rosters are under the age of 30. Brazil’s high-powered offense and stiff defense will keep Serbia at bay, while the Seleção will kick off the World Cup with a statement victory.
Brazil vs Serbia Betting Tips
Opening matches of the World Cup often lean toward the Under in goals, as it hit 10 times in opening matchups of the 2018 World Cup.
Brazil has been on a hot streak, as they’ve only lost one match in the past three years. On the other side, Serbia has lost twice in 2022.
Brazil vs Serbia Best Bets
Over 2.5 Goals (-120) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 2 Units
Don’t be fooled by the “first match jitters" teams will experience to start the World Cup. There will be none of that in this match, as Brazil will take care of business against Serbia.
This will be a one-sided scoring affair, as Brazil have too much firepower on the attack. In eight matches in 2022, the Seleção have scored three or more goals six times.
Don’t overthink things and take the Over.
Both Teams to Score: No (-125) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
Brazil will handle the scoring load and will blank Serbia in this match. While the Eagles have only been held scoreless twice this year — and even with Mitrović at the striker position — it still won’t be enough to get past the Brazil defense.
Brazil has five clean sheets in 2022 and will look to add more to that total.