Place: Russia. Samara Arena. Samara.
Date: on the 17th of June, 2018 (Sunday)
Match start: 13:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup, group stage, 1st round
Costa Rica were in a shadow of the USA and Mexico in North American football for many years but recently this national team is more successful than the USA and regularly fights with “Aztecs”. Costa Rica has passed the continental qualification on World championship without any problems, having taken the second place in the North American region (after Mexico). In the World Cups Costa Rica has poor history but in 2014 this national team has reached the quarterfinal stage and in 1990 has stopped at the stage of 1/8 finals.
Experienced Oscar Ramirez who is working in Costa Rica since 2015 heads the team. The squad of the national team is rather ragtag and it has both star football players (Keylor Navas, Borges, Ruiz, Campbell) and unknown players. The best card of Costa Rica is the fine ability to work in team style and at the same time the team has tough defense and the effective attacking line.
Talented and always perspective Serbian national team has qualified on the World Cup 2018. In 2010 Serbia has failed on the World championship and that was the only participation of Serbia as independent country at the W C (earlier Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro). During the qualification stage the team of Muslin (Krstajić has been appointed only in January, 2018), have taken the 1st place and were directly qualified on the World championship.
The squad of the national team is extremely powerful and it is possible to call it one of the most promising in the European football thanks to the presence of such players as Milinković-Savić, Mitrović, Živković, Matić, Nastasić and Ljajić. The coaching staff can choose football players for a starting lineup on tournament matches and Serbia is quite capable to get into the playoffs stage.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Costa Rica vs Serbia
Bookmakers estimate the chances of Costa Rica for a victory in this match at 3.96, and the victory of Serbia –2.09. Draw – 3.54. By such coefficients bookmakers are estimating small advantage of Serbia as being more star team but also nobody is going to underestimate strong and spirited Costa Rica.
Totals on Costa Rica vs Serbia are estimated like this: total under 2.5 – odds 1.55, and total over 2.5 – 2.70 that speaks about pragmatic football.
Costa Rica is strong team but the main star of this team is the goalkeeper. And here Serbia has shown solid progress in its results in the last two years, and Krstajić ‘s team is considered to be the favorites of a match.
Our tip: Serbia to win – odds 1.88 Pinnacle
In the second betting variant we fully agree with bookmakers who assume small number of scored goals. Costa Rica and Serbia will be afraid of each other, being afraid to lose important points during an opening match.