Brazil vs Serbia, World Cup 2022: When is it, where is it and how to watch on TV – Buda Mendes/Getty Images
Brazil will enter the World Cup with the feeling that Tite has had an entire cycle to mould his squad. His side are in fine form and are yet to lose a game since the Copa America final loss to Argentina.
Neymar is arguably playing his best football at PSG and both Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli have been key to Arsenal’s resurgence this season. Vinicus Jesus and Rodryo are fresh off winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.
Serbia have undergone significant change since the last World Cup in 2018. The 2018 tournament in Russia was the nations second-ever appearance in the World Cup. However, many argued the squad was evidently full of veterans past their prime and youngsters lacking the experience of playing on the global stage.
There was no real surprise when the team crashed out in the group stages of the competition in 2014.
But their current side looks much better equipped, with the likes of Alekandar Mitrovic at your disposal in attack. Although the Serbian striker has been endured an injury-hit couple of months at Fulham., it appears he will be fit ahead of their World Cup opener.
However, the striker may not be required from the start, with Dusan Vlahovic likely to lead the line for Serbia alongside Luka Jovic.
When is the match?
The match between Brazil and Serbia takes place at 7pm UK time on Thursday, November 24 (10pm in Qatar and 2pm EST).
Where will it take place?
The game will be played in the Lusail Stadium (also known as the Al-Rayyan Stadium) in Al-Rayyan. It is the biggest stadium available with a capacity of 80,000
What are our match predictions?
Here’s the Telegraph’s chief football correspondent Jason Burt with his prediction:
Brazil 3 Serbia 2
Will this be Neymar’s World Cup? Brazil are most people’s favourites but face a stern test in their first game with free-scoring, attacking Serbia. Could be a cracker.
Brazil: Alisson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Sandro; Casemiro, Fred; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr; Richarlison
Serbia: V. Milinkovic-Savic; Milenkovic, S. Mitrovic, Pavlovic; Zivkovic, Gudelj, S. Milinkovic-Savic, Kostic; Tadic; Vlahovic, Jovic
What TV channel is it on?
The game will be shown live on BBC One, with coverage getting underway from 6.30pm UK time.
The match will also be available to live stream on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.
Brazil have won their two previous encounters with Serbia, including their group stage fixture at the last FIFA World Cup 2-0 in 2018. The other was a 1-0 win in a friendly back in June 2014.
What are they saying?
Brazil will have no problem being the favorites to win the World Cup and dealing with the pressure must be natural for their players according to their coach Tite
“The pressure is natural. Brazil have the biggest history in soccer and with that legacy always comes the pressure,” Tite told a news conference ahead of their World Cup Group G debut against Serbia on Thursday.
“We have some of the players that call the biggest media attention in the world so we take it naturally, it’s our dream winning a World Cup. Pressure is inevitable.”