Brazil were expected to claim top spot in most World Cup 2018 Group E predictions and are still odds-on favourites to justify that faith.
After drawing 1-1 with Switzerland, the Selecao left it late before finally seeing off Costa Rica 2-0 and are 33/100 to progress as pool winners.
We think it will go right to the wire in our World Cup 2018 Group E betting tips for the final round of fixtures.
Standings Group E
Brazil’s legion of supporters could finally breathe a sigh of relief after Philippe Coutinho and Neymar struck in time added on versus Costa Rica.
The five-time champions had been thwarted on multiple occasions in the second period, with Gabriel Jesus hitting the crossbar and Keylor Navas saving from Neymar, who had a successful penalty appeal overturned via VAR.
“If we have suffered in these first two games, it is simply because this is a World Cup,” insisted Tite.
“The margin for error at these tournaments is very slim, but we played to win and got the right outcome.
“Now we will go for the same against Serbia, looking for a good performance and always for the win.”
Costa Rica are now out but Oscar Ramirez was proud of a gutsy effort versus Brazil.
He said: “We knew Brazil’s strengths, we wanted to minimise those strengths and we managed to do that for 91 minutes.
“It was clearly more difficult for us in the second half – they made changes that made things tougher for us – but I thought we played a good game.
“Unfortunately, at the end we just couldn’t see it out.”
|Costa Rica vs Serbia||0 - 1||Samara Arena|
|Brazil vs Switzerland||1 - 1||Rostov Arena|
|Brazil vs Costa Rica||2 - 0||Saint Petersburg Stadium|
|Serbia vs Switzerland||1 - 2||Kaliningrad Stadium|
|Switzerland vs Costa Rica||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium|
|Serbia vs Brazil||Spartak Stadium|
Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic believes his side have the right mindset to maintain the momentum built up from drawing with Brazil and beating Serbia.
Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri and Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka grabbed the goals in Friday’s victory.
Petkovic, whose side won nine of 10 qualifiers and beat Northern Ireland 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off, said: “What is important is we have developed a winning mentality.
“Even if we are down, we try to be positive and win each game. We always find a reaction and this is a positive characteristic of our team.”
Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, so impressive on loan at Fulham last season, put Serbia ahead early on and was aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty in the 66th minute.
However, Serbia are still in the hunt and Mladen Krstajic stated: “We’re in a situation where we need a win against Brazil and we will focus and do whatever we can to try to win. Nothing is impossible in life.
“We respect their status as the favourites to win, but we are going to prepare. They have some weak spots that we are going to try to exploit.”