Brazil captain Thiago Silva says we will see a “better Neymar” at this World Cup after injury hampered his previous two tournaments.
Neymar missed the 2014 semi-last with a again injury, and struggled for full health throughout the 2018 match after foot surgical procedure earlier within the year.
However, he arrives in Qatar absolutely match and having scored 15 goals in 20 games for Paris St-Germain this season.
“I think Neymar is coming into this competition in great form,” said Silva.
“His preparation this time has been different. In 2014 he got injured just as he was playing so well, and in 2018 he came into the tournament in a different way because he had a serious injury so hadn’t played much.
“Now with a different preparation, without any injury and any worry, we see a better Neymar.”
Brazil head coach Tite has refused to say whether or not Lucas Paqueta will play as an alternative of defensive midfielder Fred.
The Brazilian media have speculated that the Selecao will discipline a really attacking 4-1-4-1 formation.
Serbia are optimistic striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will be obtainable to return following a foot injury.
Fellow forward Dusan Vlahovic made his comeback from a groin drawback in a pleasant against Bahrain and may companion Luka Jovic in assault.
Serbia don’t have that a lot power in depth of their squad however they’ve so many proficient players of their strongest XI, and at set-pieces, they will be a giant hazard.
They would possibly give Brazil a scare or two right here, though I’m not anticipating any surprises with the top outcome.
Brazil are in glorious type, and have solely lost one in all their previous 29 games – the 2021 Copa America last against Argentina.
Neymar is one of the best diver at this World Cup however he’s scoring numerous goals too – and we will most likely see him do a little bit of both over the subsequent few weeks.
- Brazil are unbeaten in 17 matches against Serbia (together with Yugoslavia) since an 8-4 defeat in Belgrade on 3 June 1934. The Selecao have solely had longer unbeaten runs against Ecuador (20 fixtures from 1942-2000) and Paraguay (18 games from 1954-1963).
- They are unbeaten of their last 15 World Cup group fixtures, successful 12,with their last defeat within the group part coming in 1998 against Norway.
- Neymar has been straight concerned in 42% of Brazil’s last 19 World Cup goals, scoring six and aiding two.
- Serbia (together with Serbia and Montenegro) have certified for 4 of the last 5 World Cups however have lost seven of 9 matches at the finals, essentially the most defeats by any European nation in that interval.
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