Costa Rica vs Serbia
Serbia will open its World Cup campaign with game against Costa Rica. IMO Serbian team has great chance to win this match.
After missing the previous WC in 2014, Serbia was pretty convincing in qualifications for this 2018 WC. It's a team composed of mix between experience and young talent.
From my point of view Serbia has very decent squad right now with one outstanding goalkeeper who is very experienced and who was most credited for victory over Germany on the WC in 2010. Furthermore in defense there are Kolarov and Ivanović, two more very experienced guys, then very young but super talented Milenković from Fiorentina. Defensive midfielders are Matić from Man. Utd as well Luka Milivojević from Crystal Palace. Then Sergej Milinković Savić from Lazio, the most worthy player in this team. Mitrović is amazing striker...
With all respect to Costa Rica, but, Serbia has more quality and talent right now.
Costa Rica no where close to previous WC when they surprisingly reached QF. They especially were below expected level now in period before start of the WC when easily lost some games.
I hope Serbia will enter this match with aim to win and not with thinking how even one point is good result.
Živković and Spajić are with minor injuries and will skip the game but they in any case wouldn't be in the starting eleven. The only doubt is whether beside Matić will start another defensive midfielder, Milivojević. I hope head coach Krstajić will opt for more offensive approach and won't pullout Kostić in favor of Milivojević. Such change probably will happen for game vs Switzerland but now against weaker rival Serbia need to attack more.
Compared with time before tournament, odds on Serbian win dropped significantly. We had month ago as high as 2.20 in some bookies. But IMO also these odds now around 1.90 is still pretty good offer.
Costa Rica vs Serbia prediction
|Serbia||Pinnacle||1.90||8||0-1 WON (+7.2 units)|