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World Cup day five preview featuring Brazil v Serbia

The four-games-a-day schedule at the World Cup continues into Thursday when Brazil, who are 3/1 to win the tournament, are the headline act as they enter the fray against Serbia.

Brazil, who are the record five-time world champions but have not won the competition since 2002, take on a dangerous Serbia first up in Group G at 19:00, while Cameroon and Switzerland, the other two teams in the group, are in action at 10:00.

There's also two Group H games on Thursday as the final round of first group matches in Qatar take place when Uruguay play South Korea at 13:00 and Portugal face Ghana at 16:00.

Brazil hope to live up to the hype

What: Brazil v Serbia
Where: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar
When: 19:00, Thursday 24th November 2022
How to watch: BBC1/BBC iPlayer
Odds: Brazil 9/20, Draw 7/2, Serbia 11/2

As is often the case, Brazil were the pre-tournament favourites but it's worth remembering it's 20 years since they were last crowned world champions.

The current crop appear well set to challenge for glory, though, with star men littered throughout their squad. Tite's side have arguably the two best goalkeepers on the planet in Liverpool's Alisson and Manchester City's Ederson, while in defence they have the vastly-experienced Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, amongst others.

Then Casemiro, Fred and Fabinho are some of their talented midfield options, sitting behind and creating for forward players in the shape of superstar Neymar, Richarlison, Vinicius Junior and Gabriel Jesus.

It's no surprise to see them big favourites at 9/20 to win their opener, even if Serbia will be no easy pushovers. They qualified as impressive winners of UEFA Group A, winning six of their eight games to finish above Portugal, and come into the tournament winning five of their last six games, drawing the other.

Dragan Stojkovic's squad certainly doesn't contain the same star quality throughout as Tite's, but there is still plenty of talent, guile and experience in the shape of Dusan Tadic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, while their first-choice forward line featuring Fulham's prolific Aleksandar Mitrovic, Juventus' Dusan Vlahovic and Fiorentina's Luka Jovic looks as good as any in the tournament.

Swiss can see off Cameroon

What: Switzerland v Cameroon
Where: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar
When: 10:00, Thursday 24th November 2022
How to watch: ITV1
Odds: Switzerland 8/11, Draw 12/5, Cameroon 9/2

The other game in Group G is considerably less high-profile as reliable Europeans the Swiss take African hopefuls Cameroon in the morning match.

This is Switzerland's fourth consecutive appearance on the world stage and 11th in total, but after making the quarter-finals in both 1934 and 1954, they have not got past the last 16 in the modern era.

Murat Yakin's side topped UEFA Group C in qualifying, however, ahead of Italy, and will be confident of getting off to a winning start in Qatar as they take on a Cameroon outfit who have slipped to 43rd in FIFA's rankings and enter the tournament without a win in any of their last four matches.

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Uruguay to edge out Son's South Korea

What: Uruguay v South Korea
Where: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar
When: 13:00, Thursday 24th November 2022
How to watch: BBC1/BBC iPlayer
Odds: Uruguay 8/11, Draw 5/2, South Korea 4/1

Uruguay against South Korea could be one of the most entertaining Group games with the array of attacking talent potentially on show.

The South Americans boast Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez, veteran strike pair Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, while the Asian nation have Tottenham star Son Heung-min - who appears to be winning his fitness race - as well as Wolves' pacey winger Hwang Hee-chan and Real Mallorca's rising star Lee Kang-in to call upon.

Both countries have won three, drew one and lost one of their last five matches, but Uruguay, who had won five on the bounce to end up third in the South American qualification process previous to that run, look slightly stronger and can edge what should be a close contest.

Portugal too strong for Ghana

What: Portugal v Ghana
Where: Stadium 974, Doha, Qatar
When: 16:00, Thursday 24th November 2022
How to watch: ITV1
Odds: Portugal 2/5, Draw 15/4, Ghana 15/2

Portugal will be pleased star man Cristiano Ronaldo has resolved his club dispute with Manchester United after it emerged earlier this week he is leaving Old Trafford with immediate effect following his high-profile critical TV interview.

That means the 37-year-old can now focus fully on the football as he bids to lead his country to glory this winter.

Portugal are slated as 14/1 chances to win the World Cup and they should comfortably get off to a good start against the lowest-ranked nation in the tournament.

Ghana have fallen to 61st in the world rankings but come into their tough Group H opener game in reasonable form. The Africans have won six of their last eight games, including a morale-boosting 2-0 friendly win over Switzerland earlier this month, to raise hopes they may not be the whipping boys of the group some are suggesting.

Portugal boast plenty of attacking threat in the shape of Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Joao Felix, though, and they should do enough to claim all three points in Doha, an outcome that is on offer at 2/5.

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