Costa Rica vs Serbia – Predictions, Odds & Betting Tips
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Final score: Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia
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Costa Rica take on tough opposition, Serbia, one of Europe’s most consistent teams in 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E action.
The two teams have never met before in a full international.
Four years ago, Costa Rica were the darlings on the World Cup, reaching a quarter final. However, experts suggest they can’t emulate the feat this time around.
Oscar Ramirez took over Costa Rica recently, keeping the same core of players from the 2014 World Cup, even when most did not enjoy regular playing time at their European clubs. Ramirez’s challenge now is to find a way to accommodate new players into the group, especially in attack.
Serbia are beset with internal bickering between the ageing team, coaching staff and the administration, quite normal for Serbia. They offer strong players, particularly in goal-scoring-wizard, Aleksandar Mitrovic – a fan favourite who’s played for the Serbian national team since 2014. Importantly, Serbia will feel at home in Russia, a nation they know well.
Preview & Predictions
We think the experts might have this one right and Serbia should scrape away with a win.
For those wanting to extract more betting value than those offered for a straight Serbian win, you might like to consider getting a piece of the action in the score prediction market with $5.00 for 1-0 to Serbia or better still, 2-1 to Serbia at $9.00.
- Serbia and Australia met in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa with the Socceroos winning 2-1.
- Serbia made light work of qualification in a strong group containing Austria, Ireland, and Wales.
- Costa Rica’s skipper, Bryan Ruiz, has more than 20 international goals from over 100 appearances.
- Costa Rica’s best result at the FIFA World Cup was a quarter final in 2014.
- Costa Rica to score 3 goals or more v Serbia – $15.00
- Serbia to hold Costa Rica scoreless – $2.20
Costa Rica: Keylor Navas, Johnny Acosta, Giancarlo González, Ian Smith, Celso Borges, Óscar Duarte, Christian Bolaños, Bryan Oviedo, Daniel Colindres, Bryan Ruiz (captain), Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Rodney Wallace, Randall Azofeifa, Francisco Calvo, Cristian Gamboa, Yeltsin Tejeda, Patrick Pemberton, Kendall Waston, David Guzmán, Marco Ureña, Rónald Matarrita, Leonel Moreira.
Serbia:Vladimir Stojković, Antonio Rukavina, Duško Tošić, Luka Milivojević, Uroš Spajić, Branislav Ivanović, Andrija Živković, Aleksandar Prijović, Aleksandar Mitrović, Dušan Tadić, Aleksandar Kolarov (captain), Predrag Rajković, Miloš Veljković, Milan Rodić, Nikola Milenković, Marko Grujić, Filip Kostić, Nemanja Radonjić, Luka Jović, Sergej Milinković-Savić, Nemanja Matić, Adem Ljajić, Marko Dmitrović.