The Brazil vs Serbia friendly match will be played this Friday, June 6, 2014 (12:00 PM Pacific), at the Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo. The ‘verde-amarelha’ is just days away from making their historic debut against Croatia on June 12 in the FIFA Brazil 2014 World Cup, therefore this match will highlight the current form the team is under.
Brazil, as the host of the forthcoming World Cup, did not play during qualifications, and after the Confederations Cup had ended last September, they’ve played only friendly matches. They have eight victories in a row, but they’ve played only two matches this year, against pretty mediocre opponents. Brazil beat South Africa in March 0-5, and they’ve dispatched Panama 4-0 few days ago. Looking at these results and comfortable victories, they are in a great form, but Serbia should be a much bigger challenge than these nations.
Serbia failed to qualify for the forthcoming World Cup; they were third in the group with Belgium and Croatia, which is playing against Brazil on the tournament opening. Despite the fact that they did not earn their place in Brazil, the Serbian national team consists of some very good and accomplished players. For example, in defense they have standard members of Chelsea’s and Manchester City’s starting lineup, Branislav Ivanovic and Aleksandar Kolarov. In the midfield they have Nemanja Matic, also a member of Chelsea, Milos Jojic came to Borussia Dortmund last winter, and young attackers Mitrovic and Markovic are wanted by some of the biggest European clubs.
Serbia played four friendly matches after qualifications had ended. They managed to get two wins and two draws. They beat Jamaica and Ireland, and drew with Panama and Russia. As Brazil, Serbia did not play against some of the high profile national teams either, and it will be interesting to see how they’ll fair in this match.
Brazil picked up Serbia for the friendly probably because they are playing against Croatia, and these two national teams are forcing a similar style of play, which is no wonder, considering that they were united in one federation, Yugoslavia, 25 years ago.
Brazil vs Serbia Prediction
Brazil will play aggressively, with their signature fast attacks. Serbia will probably defend, and look for a chance to counter. We should not expect that Brazilians will thrash Serbia because they have a respectable defense, but a comfortable win is pretty much out of doubt.
The biggest fight in this game will be fought on the flanks. Both Brazil and Serbia have great wingers, and traditionally force that style of play, so if Serbia manages to get some balance on that part of the field, they have a chance to stay unbeaten in this match, which will be a great surprise.
Considering all the facts, it is expected that Brazil win this game by 2 goals to 0.
Brazil vs Serbia TV Schedule
The Brazil vs Serbia match will be televised on beIN Sports USA at 12:00 PM Pacific.
Brazil vs Serbia Highlights
The Brazil vs Serbia video highlights will be uploaded soon after the end of the match.