World Cup Preview – Group E | Brazil v Costa Rica – Serbia v Switzerland

Serbia will book their place in the last 16 of the World Cup if they beat Switzerland on Friday.

The Serbs are the only team in Group E with a win to their name and that means another three points will book their passage to the knockout phase.

Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic anticipates a difficult clash against the Swiss.

“Switzerland have participated in the last three World Cups and European Championship – 27 points in the qualification is remarkable! Their coach is very good, too,” he said.

Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic does not believe that people are respectful enough for their recent performances, including their opening draw with Brazil.

“Sometimes, there is a lack of recognition and that is a pity,” he said.

“Playing against Brazil and Spain, we demonstrated we could react, that this team always believes in itself and can get results. We will continue to play with this consistency.”

Brazil boss Tite is coming under pressure after their opening draw, and he admits they were anxious and that caught up on them.

“This kind of anxiety comes from the concern of playing a first game in a World Cup; even the coach is anxious.”

See below for a preview on the games, including predictions from former England and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

Brazil 13:00 Costa Rica
St Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg
Live on ITV

Alisson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho; Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar; Gabriel Jesus.

Costa Rica: Keylor Navas, Francisco Calvo, Oscar Duarte, Johnny Acosta, Giancarlo González, Cristian Gamboa, Celso Borges, David Guzman, Bryan Ruíz, Johan Venegas, Marco Urena.

KEY FACT: These two have met in the World Cup finals twice before, with Brazil winning on both occasions.
Match odds from bet365: BRAZIL 2/9 DRAW 11/2 COSTA RICA 18/1
bet365 Pick: Brazil -2 @7/4
ANDY SAYS: Brazil will be too strong for Costa Rica, they have to win this game…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: I think Brazil could turn on the style here, and will get the win…4-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Fred – The Manchester United midfielder is one to watch

Serbia 21:00 Switzerland
Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Live on BBC

Vladimir Stojkovic; Branislav Ivanovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Dusko Tosic, Aleksandar Kolarov; Nemanja Matic, Luka Milivojevic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Dusan Tadic, Filip Kostic; Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Switzerland: Yann Sommer; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabian Schaer, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez; Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka; Xherdan Shaqiri, Blerim Dzemaili, Steven Zuber; Haris Seferovic.

KEY FACT: France and Peru have met once before, and the South Americans won in a friendly in 1982
Match odds from bet365: SERBIA 9/5 DRAW 21/10 SWITZERLAND 19/10
bet365 Pick: Aleksandar Mitrovic first goal @4/1
ANDY SAYS: A tough one to call for sure,  and I can see this ending in a draw…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I can see this being a real bore draw….0-0
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Aleksandar Mitrovic – Capable of having a big World Cup, which should see him secure a move

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