Today’s Predictions: Costa Rica Vs Serbia
Costa Rica 0 – 1 Serbia
Costa Rica vs. Serbia Odds
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The 9th match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 will take place between Costa Rica and Serbia, with both teams knowing that the other two teams in the group are ranked higher than them, so a win here is absolutely vital.
- Date : 17th June 2018
- Time :5:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Cosmos Arena
Costa Rica would be looking to emulate their surprisingly brilliant run at last year’s World Cup, while Serbia will try to regain some lost glory and go on a deep run in this tournament.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Costa Rica won their initial qualifying group with 16 points. In the second round, they had a mixed run of results, including not winning any of their last 3 matches. However, they won home and away against both Trinidad & Tobago as well as the USA to seal their qualification. They finished second in their group with 16 points again.
Serbia scored 20 goals in their 10 qualifiers, eventually winning their group and making a strong statement in their return to this tournament after a gap of 12 long years. Their biggest win was against Republic Of Ireland, when they had to play with 10 men for almost half the game and still managed to hold on to a 1-0 away victory.
Costa Rica have been in poor form in recent weeks, with 4 defeats in their last 6 matches, including a brutal 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Spain. That was followed by a big defeat to Tunisia. Their only 2 wins came against Northern Ireland and Scotland. They lost to the England convincingly in their most recent game.
Serbia have been in comparatively decent form, with 3 wins in 6 matches, and a 1-1 draw with South Korea. While they won their last match convincingly with a 5-1 scoreline, they also lost to Chile and Morocco, meaning their fans are a bit worried about their chances in Russia.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met never met in their history before.
Costa Rica have a few great players who are playing for some of the top clubs in Europe. They are also filled with young locally based players who offer great pace and energy on the pitch. The would be boosted by the return of Captain Bryan Ruiz and striker Joel Cambell, from long-term injuries. Striker Alvaro Soborio will miss his second consecutive World Cup due to injury, and has effectively retired as a result.
Serbia rely a lot on their midfielders to control the tempo again, and with a vastly experienced yet ageing defense, the midfield needs to always be on their toes to prevent the opposition strikers from running at their slow defenders directly. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, a famous name in the Serbian football circuit was not selected by the new manager, who claimed he didn’t fit his playing style.
Players To Watch Out For
Costa Rica have their own set of stalwarts who were at the forefront of their amazing run till the final 8 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Real Madrid’s first choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas is undoubtedly their most high profile player. Their captain Bryan Ruiz has also played at the highest level and would be looking to inspire his squad to over achieve again. Joel Cambell is also one to watch, with the striker’s eye for goal, and sharp reactions widely appreciated.
Serbia have some renowned world class players in their roster. Nemanja Matic is the most high profile in the current squad, with the defensive midfielder playing for Manchester United in the Premier League. Defender Branislav Ivanovic is a Chelsea legend who has won every trophy at club level. Dusan Tadic is another Premier League talent to watch out for, while Mitrovic is their main goal threat.
Costa Rica Vs Serbia Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Serbia are the favourites going into this clash, despite being ranked lower than Costa Rica in the FIFA ranking. This is probably because their current form is better and they are more used to the playing conditions in Russia than Costa Rica are.
- Costa Rica conceded just 2 goals at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in 5 matches.
- Serbia have scored plenty of goals in their recent matches, however Costa Rica’s usually solid defence means that it will be a very tight game. We recommend betting on the under 2.5 goals market for this clash, as well as the 1-0 Serbia correct score market.
- Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic should step up and carry their nation through this tricky clash with their experience and leadership.
Costa Rica are currently ranked 25 while Serbia are ranked 35 as per the latest FIFA rankings. However, South American teams tend to struggle in European conditions, and judging by their current form we expect Serbia to take all 3 points from this fixture with the slightest of victories.
Our Predicted Scoreline : Serbia 1-0 Costa Rica