Two teams who will be looking to cause a huge upset face off in Group E in what promises to be a fascinating battle. Tournament favourites Brazil look to be the big issue for both Costa Rica and Serbia in the group so they will both be targeting games like this to pick up points from in their quest for qualification to the knockout stages.
FIFA World Cup – Group E – Serbia vs Costa Rica – Samara Arena.
Sunday 17th June 2018
Kick-off: 13.00 GMT
Serbia – Best Odds – 10/11 (Ladbrokes)
Costa Rica – Best Odds – 16/5 (Bet Bright)
Draw – Best Odds – 21/10 (Betfred)
This is the second tournament the Eagles have qualified for since becoming their own FIFA recognised nation and they will be hoping they can impress on the world stage.
Mladen Krstajić has selected an experienced squad that all ply their trade across Europe and they will fancy their chances against most of the teams they face.
Aleksandar Mitrović is a real handful for any defence and has an impressive international record of 16 goals in 37 matches.
Despite their relatively small stature as a nation, Costa Rica continue to perform on the world stage and have now reached 4 of the last 5 World Cup finals.
Having reached the last 8 at Brazil 2014, they look to have an experienced squad that will be looking to spring even more surprises here in Russia.
Former Fulham forward and international captain Bryan Ruiz has scored 23 international goals for Costa Rica and he could be essential to any hopes they harbour of progressing to the knockout stages.
Head to Head
This is the first ever meeting between the sides and it promises to be a fascinating encounter.
Odds and Predictions
This could be an intriguing battle between two well-organised teams who won’t want to lose.
Both teams to score – YES – looks a strong bet at 6/5 with Betway.
Aleksandar Mitrović looks set to lead the line for Serbia and is a man for the big occasion.
Aleksandar Mitrović to score anytime looks a sensible punt at 11/8 with Bet Victor.
There shouldn’t be much to split these two teams, who both won’t want to lose with a game against Brazil on the horizon.
Under 2.5 goals in the game looks worth a gamble at 8/15 with Coral.
These two teams look well matched meaning this could well end in a draw.
The match to finish as a draw is a good bet at 21/10 with Ladbrokes.
Serbia 1 – 1 Costa Rica – 11/2 with 888 Sport.
Top Betting Tip
This should be a very watchable game between two solid teams who could well cancel each other out on the biggest stage.
The match to end as a draw and both teams to score is a fantastic punt at 18/5 with William Hill.
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