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Costa Rica vs Serbia betting tips: World Cup match preview & predictions

Costa Rica vs Serbia prediction: Costa Rica 0-2 Serbia

Serbia come into this one as heavy favourites and bring with them the red-hot goalscoring form of striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Experienced players such as Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic give the Europeans an edge over their opponents.

Costa Rica vs Serbia: Who will win?

Costa Rica are 17/4 to win on Sunday while favourites Serbia can be backed at 17/20.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is 10/3 to be the first goalscorer, while Costa Rica’s Marco Urena comes in at 9/1.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 03: Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on April 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Costa Rica vs Serbia match preview

Sunday’s match will be the first time these two nations have faced each other.

Mladen Krstajic’s side qualified for the World Cup as winners of Group D in qualification, finishing above Ireland, Wales and Austria.

Serbia come into the match on the back of a confidence-boosting 5-1 win over Bolivia. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a hat-trick, with Adam Ljajic and Branislav Ivanovic also netting. Ivanovic’s goal (below) was a thing of real beauty.

Serbia were beaten 1-0 by Chile in their other warm-up match.

Costa Rica lost two and won one of their three warm-up matches. Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell and Francisco Calvo scored in their 3-0 win over Northern Ireland before they were beaten 2-0 and 4-1 by England and Belgium respectively.

Costa Rica finished second in their final CONCACAF qualification round, behind Mexico. Christian Bolanos and Marco Urena both scored four goals each in qualifying.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – JUNE 07: Trent Alexander-Arnold of England tackles Ronald Matarrita of Costa Rica during the International friendly match between England and Costa Rica at Elland Road on June 7, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Costa Rica team news vs Serbia

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas will start in goal for Costa Rica. Familiar names such as Bryan Oviedo and Cristian Gamboa are expected to start at the back.

Veteran Bryan Ruiz will challenge Arsenal’s Joel Campbell for a spot in the side. Christian Bolanos and Johan Venegas provide further options for Oscar Ramirez.

Serbia team news vs Costa Rica

Alexsandar Mitrovic is set to start up front following his recent hat-trick.

Branislav Ivanovic could feature either at right-back or centre-back.

Slotting in alongside Nemanja Matic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will be looking to impress in a deeper midfield role ahead of his upcoming move to Juventus.

Costa Rica predicted line-up vs Serbia

Serbia predicted line-up vs Costa Rica

Predicted Serbia XI vs Costa Rica

Predicted Serbia XI vs Costa Rica

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Serbia to win vs Costa Rica and both teams to score: 5/1!