Group E Match Three Preview : Serbia v Brazil and Switzerland v Costa Rica

World Cup 2018 Preview
Last Updated : 25th June, 2018 By Peter Roberts

Event Venue: Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Wednesday June 27th at 7pm. Live on ITV.

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Group Position 

It’s still not impossible for Brazil not to progress to the next round after a draw and win. The five-time winners will be eliminated if they lose to Serbia and Switzerland beat Costa Rica. However, a draw will suffice but Switzerland would then probably win the group and play the runners-up from Group F which could be Germany. Finishing second might provide an easier route to the latter stages of the tournament. There are still a number of permutations but the winners of each match will qualify for the next round.    

Serbia v Brazil 

Brazil have mainly been unconvincing in their two matches but are still in a good position and only a defeat against Serbia would mean elimination. Brazil left it late against Costa Rica but two injury time goals, including one from Neymar secured the points. There is a huge weight of expectation for the Brazil national team to handle and they are just about coping with the pressure. Serbia have looked strong in both matches and deserved a point against Switzerland but a late goal left them with nothing. Serbia will be fighting for their lives in this match and Brazil might be tempted to drop back to secure that vital point. They have experience in midfield and a strong presence in attack. The draw is 3/1 with William Hill.  If there are no goals with about 10 minutes remaining or the scores of level the players may drop a level which makes a stalemate for likely. An early goal for either team opens up the group and a high scoring match could then take place.    

Switzerland v Costa Rica 

Switzerland have played better than expectations and have achieved decent results in their first two matches. They were not second best when drawing with Brazil and then came from behind to beat Serbia. Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world but they lack of a decent forward is obvious. Xherdan Shaqiri offers quality as he did against Serbia with the late winning goal.  Switzerland have enough quality to beat Costa Rica and that outcome is 3/4 with Ladbrokes. Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals in 2014 and they were tough to break down. However, they have not scored in two matches and it is hard to see where the goals will come from against Switzerland. Keylor Navas plays in goal for Real Madrid and his experience can keep the score down in a match that Switzerland should win but maybe by only one goal.

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  • There have been eight goals in four matches.
  • Costa Rica have not scored a goal.
  • Two of the matches were won to nil.
  • Both teams scored in two matches.
  • There were over 2.5 goals in one match.

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