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Costa Rica were a surprise package in Brazil four years ago when they reached the quarter-finals, but Serbia look stronger on current form.
The White Eagles did not qualify for that tournament but have improved since and have plenty of proven, elite-level players in their ranks.
Mladen Krstajic’s side could make a big impact in Russia and are backed at 17/20 to start with a win in our Costa Rica vs Serbia betting tips.
A Look At Costa Rica’s Betting Odds
Who would have thought Costa Rica would have progressed from a group including Uruguay, Italy and England in 2014?
Yet, despite qualifying for Russia 2018 with a game to spare, Los Ticos have endured some indifferent results since and again go into this tournament as underdogs.
Oscar Ramirez’s side managed to beat Scotland 1-0 at Hampden Park in March and brushed aside Northern Ireland 3-0 in San Jose recently.
However, they had tasted defeat against Spain, Hungary and Tunisia in other friendlies before showing little sparkle in a 2-0 loss to England at Elland Road.
A 4-1 defeat versus Belgium in Brussels was another blow, even though Bryan Ruiz did put them ahead that night.
A Look At Serbia’s Betting Odds
Serbia are back at a major tournament for the first time since 2010 and there was a lot to like about the way they qualified.
Just one defeat was suffered in 10 fixtures, which was a fair effort in a competitive pool featuring the Republic of Ireland, Wales and Austria.
The likes of Nemanja Matic, Branislav Ivanovic and Aleksandar Kolorov give this team a really solid base to build on.
Southampton playmaker Dusan Tadic can get things going up front, while Aleksandar Mitrovic was the leading marksman in qualifying after being rejuvenated by a loan move from Newcastle to Fulham.
Mitrovic has also impressed in friendlies, bagging both goals in a 2-0 win over Nigeria and hitting a hat-trick in the 5-1 thrashing of Bolivia.
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