COSTA RICA VS SERBIA PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Start the group E and in this opportunity, we will analyze the forecast Costa Rica vs Serbia. The European team starts lightly as a favorite due to the collective potential that it possesses, which can serve to manage the ball more and generate more chances of scoring. For this reason and knowing that the “ticos” are not overwhelming in their football proposal, we believe that the Europeans will advance the lines and will be the protagonists from the initial whistle. Faced with this reality and knowing that this duel is vital for their classification to 8th, we believe that they will not speculate and attack with everything. For this reason, we play for the simple triumph of those led by Krstajic.
After the great campaign held at the 2014 Brazil World Cup, the Costa Rican team aims to be able to qualify at least the 8th finals and reaffirm as a selected level in the international scene. It has a high level goalkeeper like Keylor Navas, who will surely be the defensive support of the team when he feels pressured too much. The logic indicates that Brazil takes the first place of the group, therefore, will have to risk at some point if you want to sneak into the next stage of the competition. Ideally, you can win this game or at least tie it and then play all or nothing against the Swiss.
For this match is expected to appear Celso Borges, Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell and Marco Ureña, elements that already have experience to handle the weight of the game and to develop some situations of goal. Of course, the collective level of the team should improve, since their last friendlies were not positive, except for the 3-0 victory against Northern Ireland. Then he lost 2-0 to England and 4-1 against Belgium. In both matches, their rivals came a lot and made many corners in favor (9 in both presentations).
The Serbia managed to qualify for this World Cup after beating level rivals such as Wales, Austria or Ireland. They have very good players in midfield, perhaps missing a higher level forward center (Mitrovic is their main offensive card). It is expected that Matic and Milinkovic-Savic will take charge of the team both in the preparation and in the balance, being feasible that both are the figures on this opening date. In terms of friendlies, the team has alternated good and bad results in 2018, after losing 1-2 to Morocco and surpassing Nigeria 2-0 in March, before losing 1-0 to Chile and beating Bolivia 5-1. June.
For this match it is expected that coach Krstajic will use the following starter, which will be held under the 4-2-3-1 system: Dmitrovic in the goal, Basta, Ivanovic, Tosic and Kolarov in defense, Matic, Milivojevic, Milinkovic-Savic, Tadic and Ljajic at the wheel, leaving Mitrovic as the only man in attack. If we analyze this alignment, we can deduce that the Europeans will touch the ball a lot before reaching the goal, having to take care of the “ticos” counterattacks or the fearsome stopped balls that often change the destinations of the matches.
In the past they have not faced both selections, this being their first official duel.
PREDICTION: Serbia to win @ 1.92