Serbia vs Kazakhstan
Futsal Euro 2018, Slovenia
It's already quarter finals of this competition. We have here meeting between Serbia and Kazakhstan. In group stage both teams have been better than expected. Serbia in competition with Italy and the host Slovenia, has been considered for underdog but with both draws and with Slovenian victory over Italy in final game of that group, the Serbs finished second there and qualified for quarter final.
On the other side from very strong Kazakhstan was expected to reach this stage but it wasn't expected they would top the group where they have had Russia as main rival. But after draw with Russian team and convincing victory over Poland, Kazakhstan was the winner of the group. Russia by the way played both draws.
Now in this QF I must give advantage to Kazakhstan. Simply they are too good for this Serbian team. They are not among top favorites to go all the way, but surely are level above Serbia.
This is by the way a replay of bronze medal game from previous Euro. Back then in 2016, Serbia was the host and thanks to that fact they they reached semifinal but were far from taking some medal. Back then game for third place against Kazakhstan ended with 2:5 result.
Note this Serbian team today is not good as that mentioned 2016. At least not IMO. Plus they don't have home advantage now.
On the other side Kazakhstan is better year after year. Too much money is invested in this sport there. Have in mind they have Brazilians in their national team and that's why they are so strong.
Furthermore, their league is on way higher level than Serbian. Note in Serbia games are still on the parquet surface while in Kazakhstan all domestic games are exactly on this surface like on this Euro 2018.
The bottom line, Serbia made nice success by reaching QF this time but IMO hardly they can repeat result from previous Euro. The odds of 1.81 on Kazakhstan are worth risking.
For more safety, odds 1.44 @ William Hill on Kazakhstan to qualify.
Serbia vs Kazakhstan prediction
|Kazakhstan||Unibet||1.81||8||1-3 WON (+6.48 units)|