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Brazil vs Serbia: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head

The World Cup favourites will open their tournament against Serbia at Lusail Stadium.

Brazil enter the 2022 FIFA World Cup as favourites to win the trophy for the sixth time, and they kick off their Group H campaign against Serbia on Thursday, November 24.

The manager is dealing with several selection issues ahead of the game at Lusail Stadium.

Perhaps Tite’s most difficult decision will be in his forward line: Richarlison started Brazil’s warm-up triumph over Tunisia as the centre forward. He might dethrone Gabriel Jesus, while Raphinha’s two goals in that game may be enough to earn him a starting spot.

Kick off : 12:30 AM (IST), 7 PM (GMT)

Brazil form (All competitions): W-W-W-W-W-W

Serbia form (All competitions): W-W-W-D-W-W

Players to Watch

Neymar

Without any doubt, Neymar is the talisman of the squad. Brazil will rely on his efficiency once again to take the team ahead in the tournament. Some have also called it ‘Neymar’s Year’. Fans are hoping for the magic to happen at this FIFA World Cup to see him lift the trophy if supposedly this is his last World Cup. Neymar has scored 11 goals and has nine assists for PSG in Ligue 1 this season. He gives that edge to the Selecao that can possibly help them lift the FIFA World Cup after two decades.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Alexander Mitrovic is the key player in this strong Serbian squad. If they are to pull off an upset, Mitrovic’s presence in the squad is something coach Dragan Stojkovic will be looking to. Serbia topped the qualifying group in which Mitrovic scored eight goals in eight matches. In the Premier League, he has netted nine goals in 12 games for Fulham. However, the striker is currently struggling with a foot injury.

 

 

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