Costa Rica v Serbia Betting Preview & Predictions – World Cup 2018

16th June 2018 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
Costa Rica v Serbia- World Cup 2018

Costa Rica vs Serbia World Cup 2018 Preview 17th June – 1.00 p.m
(Full time: 0:1 – goals: Kolarov 56′)

This will give punters an interesting look at Serbia who are a bit of a dark horse in Group E at the 2018 World Cup. With Brazil fully expected to win this group, it looks as if there is going to be a European battle between Switzerland and Serbia for the other qualification spot. So with the Swiss predicted to lose against Brazil in their opener, Serbia can get a leg up in the qualification race by inflicting a defeat on Costa Rica. The Central Americans surprisingly made it past the group stage four years ago in Brazil, but they look a long way short of being able to pull off a repeat of that this time around.

Costa Rica vs Serbia Odds*

Serbia 10/11
Draw 23/10
Costa Rica 4/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 13th, 2018 at 4:27 p.m.)

Costa Rica vs Serbia Preview

This is Group E action which also contains Brazil and Switzerland in the mix, and ahead of the tournament Serbia and Costa Rica were the two least likely according to bookmaker odds, to qualify. Qualify is what Costa Rica did from their World Cup 2014 campaign, coming through against the odds in a tough group which also contained Italy, Uruguay and England. England fans would like to quickly forget that the Three Lions finished bottom in the group after a miserable campaign.

Lack of quality in Costa Rica squad

The chances of them pulling off a repeat qualification for the round of 16 look pretty slim here. There is not much quality abound in their squad aside from Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas. The bulk of Costa Rica’s squad is made up of MLS and home-based players so the quality overall is not particularly high there. Also they are one of the oldest squads taking part in the 2018 World Cup which won’t help them either. Costa Rica came through in second place in the qualification group behind Mexico but their current form suggests that they are going to struggle to have any kind of impact in this group.

There has been four losses in their last six games played, and if you look back further it is six defeats in eight for them. Part of the problem is a lack of scoring threat and Costa Rica have scored in just three of their last eight games. So they may struggle to have any kind of impact against the Serbian defence and under 2.5 goals is a top Costa Rica v Serbia prediction and is at 1/2 odds with William Hill* (betting odds taken on June 13, 2018 at 11:35 PM). Frankly Costa Rica do not look like any kind of threat and a defeat in this one would probably set them up for the wooden spoon. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two nations.

Serbia Group E Dark Horses

The setup of the fixtures in this group means that three points for Serbia would give them a nice boost to start their challenge qualification spot, with Switzerland expected to lose their opener against Brazil. Brazil is likely to walk away with the group, leaving a duel between the Swiss and the Serbians who will meet in the second round of fixtures. So Serbia needs to pick up a positive ahead of that important clash. Serbia did a great job in World Cup 2018 qualification topping their group ahead of the likes of Austria and Ireland.

In the William Hill correct score market a Serbia 1-0 option is at 4/1 odds* (betting odds taken on June 13, 2018 at 11:35 PM) and makes for our top option in Costa Rica v Serbia predictions. You can only picture this being a low scoring game but Serbia are the better of the two and can edge it. They do have better form than Costa Rica having posted a W5 D1 L3 record in their last nine games and four of the five victories there were with a clean sheet. So the likelihood of them winning to nil looks pretty high.

Costa Rica v Serbia Predictions

Our Costa Rica v Serbia predictions are fully with the Europeans getting a win on the board. This is likely to be a high-scoring game at all so backing a Serbia to win & under 2.5 goals looks a very solid option for the fixture.

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