Costa Rica vs Serbia Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
This match is over.
Final score: Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia
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17th June 2018 – 13:00 UK Time
Stadium: Cosmos Arena
Costa Rica were one of the surprise packages at the 2014 World Cup and Ticos will be hoping to repeat their heroics in Russia. Drawn in a group with three previous winners of the tournament, they were expected to return home with barely a point to their name. They went through at the expense of England and reached the quarter-finals of the tournament before losing on penalties to the Netherlands.
Their 2014 group may have looked tough but, four years later, they’ve been drawn alongside five-time champions Brazil in Group E. Their opening fixture looks winnable, however, with opponents Serbia having failed to qualify for the previous tournament.
Serbian fans had become disillusioned in recent years but they appear to have turned a corner and a new era has begun. Many supporters believe that this may be their strongest-ever group of players and that they may be underdogs in Russia. A change of management ahead of the tournament is an interesting move and the new man in charge has been tasked with introducing younger players into the squad.
These two sides have never previously met in a competitive fixture and both will be eyeing up second spot in Group E behind overwhelming favourites Brazil.
Serbia had a relatively easy qualifying group which featured Georgia, Wales and Moldova and this is likely to be a step up in opposition. Costa Rica may have lost to Panama in their final qualifying match but they had previously held their own against Mexico and Honduras.
Costa Rica vs Serbia Predictions
Whilst it’s extremely difficult to write-off Costa Rica, considering their exploits in Brazil, there is a wave of optimism surrounding Serbia and they are expected to get off to a positive start. The European side have a number of young players who are determined to put themselves in the shop window this summer and they are narrowly predicted to prevail in this one.
Serbia can be backed at 21/20 with 10Bet and they look the likeliest to get off to winning start in Group E. The draw will also be popular and is available at 21/10.
Aleksandar Mitrovic comes into the tournament off the back of a productive end to the season with Fulham in the Championship and the striker is understandably the favourite in the first goalscorer market. He is the likely source of the opening goal and can be backed at 19/5 with 888Sport.
With Brazil still left to play, neither side will want to lose this opening game. An uphill battle awaits if either team surrenders points in this encounter and therefore a tight and tense 90 minutes is predicted.
888Sport are offering the best price of 7/12 for Under 2.5 Goals in this encounter and although it is a relatively short-price, it is highly recommended. Highest Scoring Half – Second Half is another tempting option at 11/10 with William Hill.
A 1-0 correct score for Serbia seems to be the likeliest outcome and it is understandably the shortest price in this market. It is currently available at 5/1 with Net Bet.
- Costa Rica didn’t qualify for the World Cup until 1990
- Reaching the quarter-finals in 2014 was their best-ever finish
- They conceded just two goals in five matches at the 2014 World Cup
- Paulo Wanchope remains their joint-highest World Cup goalscorer, netting three times at the 2002 and 2006 tournament
- Goalkeeper Luis Gabelo Conejo was the joint-winner of the Golden Glove in 1990
- Serbia failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup
- 2010 was the first tournament in which they played under the name ‘Serbia’, they were eliminated in the group stage after winning just one of their three matches.
- They reached the round of 16 in 1998 but were classified as FR Yugoslavia
- Serbia to qualify from the group stage (26/25 with 888Sport)
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.
** Lineups are based on each country’s last competitive match and are subject to change