Serbia and Brazil will clash in their third Group E match of the 2018 World Cup at the Spartak stadium in Moscow. On the other hand Brazil is currently holding onto first place in their group with Serbia in third place.
The South American team will have to hold off Serbia if they hope to continue on. Kickoff for the Serbia vs Brazil match up will take place at 12 am in Bangladesh time. Let’s look at some of the statistics ahead of the thrilling encounter.
- Yugoslavia included, Serbia and Brazil have met four times at the World Cup. Their head-to-head record is perfectly balanced with one win each and two draws.
- Serbia and Brazil's first ever World Cup appearance was in a match against each other in 1930 - Yugoslavia running out 2-1 winners.
- In total though (including as Yugoslavia), Serbia have faced Brazil on 19 occasions - winning just twice (drew seven, lost 10).
- This will be the second meeting between Serbia and Brazil with the former as an independent nation - their first encounter was in a friendly in June 2014, Brazil winning 1-0.
- As an independent nation, Serbia have lost each of the six World Cup matches in which they have conceded, winning the two in which they kept clean sheets.
- Serbia forward Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored 18 goals in 26 games for club and country in 2018.
- A victory for Serbia in this match will see them qualify from their World Cup group for the first time as an independent nation, after qualifying for the next phase in the 1998 tournament as Yugoslavia.
- Yugoslavia qualified for the next round on three of the four occasions when they won their first match at the World Cup, doing so in 1930, 1954 and 1998; their only failure to qualify was in 1950. The 1-0 win over Costa Rica was the first time Serbia, as an independent nation, won their opening match.
- In all competitions, Brazil are unbeaten in 13 matches (won nine, drew four), conceding just three goals in that run.
- Brazil have only managed one victory in their past seven World Cup games against European opposition (drew two, lost four) - a 3-1 win against Croatia in 2014.
- Philippe Coutinho has scored in each of his past three appearances for Brazil.
- Brazil's Neymar has been directly involved in 18 goals in his past 17 appearances for the national side (10 goals, eight assists).
- Neymar has scored 56 goals in 87 matches for Brazil; only Ronaldo (62) and Pele (77) have scored more.
- Brazil have managed only one shot on target in the first half in each of their past three World Cup games.