The White Eagles have not been able to replicate the success they previously had as part of Yugoslavia but could put that right this summer, judged on the Serbia World Cup 2018 odds.
Serbia went out at the group stage when last performing on football’s biggest stage in South Africa eight years ago.
Losses to Ghana and Australia spoilt the good work of a surprise success against Germany on that occasion.
However, after missing out on Brazil 2010 and two European Championships, there was a lot to like about the way they edged out Republic of Ireland and Wales on the road to Russia.
Just one defeat was suffered in 10 fixtures, which was a fair effort in such a competitive pool.
Starting out with a Samara clash against group outsiders Costa Rica at this event will inspire some positive Serbia World Cup 2018 betting tips and predictions.
With Switzerland next up in Kaliningrad, Krstajic will hope to have qualification wrapped up before taking on Brazil in Moscow.
The old Yugoslavia reached the semi-finals in 1930 and 1962, plus three other quarter-finals, so the pedigree is there!
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic epitomises the power and experience in this settled squad, while there are plenty of other past and present Premier League stalwarts.
Former Chelsea team-mate Branislav Ivanovic is now with Zenit in Russia but has shown few signs of decline, despite passing his 34th birthday.
Ex-Manchester City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov has been a regular starter for Roma in Serie A during the past campaign.
In midfield, Southampton playmaker Dusan Tadic and Luka Milivojevic of Crystal Palace are always capable of contributing crucial goals.
However, the leading marksman in qualifying was Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has rediscovered his scoring touch since joining Fulham on loan from Newcastle.
Rank (world): 35
WC appearances: 11
Best effort: Semi-finals in 1930 and 1962 (as part of Yugoslavia)
Road to Russia
SRB 1-0 Georgia
Austria 3-2 SRB
Rep of Ire 0-1 SRB
SRB 3-0 Moldova
SRB 1-1 Wales
Georgia 1-3 SRB
Wales 1-1 SRB
SRB 3-2 Austria
Branislav Ivanovic (D)
Aleksandar Kolarov (D)
Dusan Tadic (M)
Nemanja Matic (M)
Aleksandar Mitrovic (F)
Mladen Krstajic – SRB