It’s puzzling to see Serbia trading at far bigger odds on the outright than a team like England, with Mladen Krstajic’s side having won their World Cup qualifying group and they possess lots of quality players in the squad.
English football fans will be familiar with Branislav Ivanovic and Aleksandar Kolarov, while Nemanja Matic is the rock in midfield and there is lots to like about Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic who has broken into the national team in the past year.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is the first-choice striker and has enjoyed a handsome return in a Fulham shirt over the previous twelve months, with Filip Kostic and Dusan Tadic operating in an attacking position.
Costa Rica have been soundly beaten by England and Belgium in friendly matches and don’t look capable of pulling off the same shocks that were achieved against Italy and Uruguay.
Keylor Navas is a great keeper but he’s shipped six goals in the above matches and Los Ticos have an ageing squad who are likely to be chasing shadows in this clash.
We should expect Serbia to command the game and we’ll back the Europeans to claim victory and also win this match decisively without conceding.