Brazil and Serbia faced each other four years ago in Russia, with goals from Thiago Silva and Paulinho giving the South Americans a 2-0 win.
Brazil come into the tournament as the favourites and the top-ranked team as the latest Fifa rankings were released on October 6.
Twenty years since their last World Cup glory, the team will be looking to pick up the trophy for a sixth time. Their best performance since the 2002 triumph was on home soil in 2014. It was one of the worst games in Brazilian football history, as they were thumped 7-1 by eventual winners Germany. In 2006, 2010 and 2018, they reached the quarter-finals, losing by one goal on each occasion.
But the good times seem to be back. They have lost just one game since the turn of 2021; by one goal to Argentina in the Copa America final last year.
Brazil finished top of the pile in qualifying with 45 points, a record in South American World Cup qualifying. Neymar finished as their top scorer with eight goals.
All eyes will be on the PSG forward, who was magnificent in 2014 but was disappointing four years ago. He only needs two goals to equal Pele’s record of 77 goals and has been in good form this season, with 15 goals and 12 assists in all competitions this season.
Serbia will be hoping to perform better than they did in 2018, as they crashed out the group stage with only one win.
Since then, they failed to qualify for Euro 2020 after a play-off penalty defeat to Scotland, but were excellent in their World Cup qualifying campaign. They finished ahead of Portugal and were unbeaten, with six wins and two draws.
They have continued their good form, with striker Aleksandar Mitrovic netted his 50th international goal as his side outclassed Norway to top Nations League B Group 4 and gain promotion to League A. Serbia finished the campaign on 13 points from six games, three ahead of second-placed Norway.