World Cup 2022: How Favourites Brazil Could Line Up in Their Opening Match Against Serbia

World Cup 2022: How Favourites Brazil Could Line Up in Their Opening Match Against Serbia

  • Brazil are considered the overwhelming favourite for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and their squad supports that claim
  • With a blend of youth and experience, the Brazilians have arguably the most talented squad in Qatar
  • Who will start in their first match against Serbia - Alisson, Casemiro, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos are sure starters - but who makes the cut?

Five-time World Cup winners Brazil kick off their 2022 World Cup campaign with a tough fixture against dark horses Serbia on Thursday night, November 24.

With their star-studded squad, Brazil are overwhelming favourites, but must be careful not to get carried away or they will be stunned just like Argentina and Germany.

Brazil, 2021 Copa America, Neymar, Casemiro, Fred, Thiago Silva, Richarlison, Tite, Serbia, 2022 World Cup
Brazil have one of the most talented squads in Qatar. Photo by Buda Mendes.
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The Samba boys haven't won the World Cup in 20 years, and some feel the time is perfect for them to lift it again. Their squad is full of priceless experience and youthful exuberance.

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Alongside France, Argentina and England, the Brazilians have arguably the most talented squad. Their full-back positions leave much to be desired, but other positions are stacked with world-class talent.

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Brazil's possible line-up

In goal, Tite is blessed with two of the world's best goalkeepers in the world in Alisson and Ederson. It is a no-brainer here that Liverpool's Alisson starts, due to his terrific form at the club level.

Brazil's depth at full-back is thin. Therefore, Danilo should start at right-back while Juventus star Alex Sandro starts at left-back.

Thiago Silva and PSG's Marquinhos should start in central defence. Since they wouldn't want to be outnumbered by Serbia in midfield, Casemiro, Fred, Paqueta or Bruno Guimarães should start in the middle.

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Thiago Silva and Marquinhos will lead Brazil from the back. Photo by Michael Reaves.
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In attack, Neymar Junior, Richarlison and Raphinha should start. The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Vinicius Junior and Antony could come on if needed to make an impact, according to Sports Mole.

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Possible line-up: 4-3-3 - Alisson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Sandro; Casemiro, Fred, Paqueta; Raphinha, Neymar; Richarlison

Tite's side have won their last 15 matches in a row and although most Brazil fans will expect a straightforward win, Serbia are no slouches, according to AS.

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Neymar will lead Brazil's attack against Serbia. Photo by Stefano Guidi.
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Their two-pronged attack, led by lethal strikers Dusan Vlahovic and Aleksandar Mitrović, will certainly trouble the Brazilians. Neymar and company will have to rise to the occasion and drop a statement win.

Fred bullied by Brazil teammate

Sports Brief earlier reported on Brazil star Fred getting bullied by Manchester United teammate Alex Telles.

He has been at the centre of nearly all the fun moments in the Brazil camp. For lack of a better word, Fred has been bullied repeatedly by his Brazil teammates - but all was in good faith.

In the most recent moment, defender Telles is seen distracting Fred as he tries to concentrate on a video game. The midfielder is clearly unhappy and begs Telles to stop.

Source: Sports Brief News