WhichBookie racing analyst Andrew Blair White provides a preview and betting tips for races at Limerick on Friday 27th May.
The bookies’ favourites to lift the World Cup in Qatar this year are in action on the evening of Thursday 24th November when Brazil take on Serbia at the Lusail Iconic Stadium – The largest stadium in Qatar and one of eight venues that has been converted for this year’s tournament.
Brazil are expected to do well in this competition which isn’t a huge surprise given the wealth of talent they have throughout their squad. Vinicius Junior, Philippe Coutinho, Casemiro, Fabinho, Éder Militão, Marquinhos and of course Neymar are just a few of the big names that we’ll see on the pitch throughout the tournament. They’ve been drawn into group G along with Switzerland, Cameroon and their first opponents, Serbia and although they are fully expected to progress, the other teams should be treated with respect.
Serbia topped their qualification group on the way to the finals, finishing ahead of Portugal by picking up 20 points from 8 games. They’re priced at 7/5 to make it through to the knockout stages of the competition and they’re certainly within a chance of doing so.
They’ll be looking to Juventus forward Dušan Vlahović for goals throughout the tournament and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get on the scoresheet throughout the group stages given the centre-forward has bagged 23 goals in 34 appearances in Serie A this season along with another 4 goals in 8 games across the Italian Cup and the Champions League. Aleksandar Mitrović should also be on your radar from a betting perspective given the Fulham forward bagged a hugely impressive 43 goals in 44 appearances this season for Fulham which is a new record for the most goals scored in a 46-game English league season and was previously held by Guy Whittingham for Portsmouth in 1992-93. Obviously, the Brazilian team will be a step up from those faced in the Championship but nonetheless Mitrović should pose a threat should he get chances.
Date of Tips: 10/05/2022
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (15:58 10/05/2022) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
Brazil are 1/2 to win their opening match which was to be expected and I think they make a good addition to an accumulator at those odds.
I certainly think that Serbia will score goals in this tournament but I’m not confident enough to back them to do so against Brazil who have kept clean sheets in 18 of their last 25 matches.
There aren’t a huge number of bets that stand out to me in this game but I do fancy Brazil/Brazil in the HT/FT market which is priced at 13/10. If Brazil can head into the interval with the lead, I can’t see them losing it in the second half and so I think that’s one bet I’d be willing to take a chance on.
Others that take my fancy are Brazil -1 at odds of 11/8 and a correct score of 2-0 at 13/2.
Brazil vs Serbia team news and line ups will be published here once full World Cup squads have been announced.