World Cup 2018 - SERBIA I Betting Tips, Odds* and Prognosis

Bets on Serbia at the 2018 World Cup, due to the balanced make-up of their group, could well result in a considerable pay-off. In our preview, we unearthed the most lucrative and most promising betting opportunities offered by the best bookmakers, so that you will find the best circumstances for placing your bets on Serbia at the 2018 World Cup. To do so, we looked extensively at the team’s qualifying campaign as well as the squad.

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  • World Cup tips and prognosis
  • Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Serbia
  • Roster analysis
  • Qualification and form check
  • Previous final round participations

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In this section we present detailed previews, exciting betting tips and of course the best odds for every match at the World Cup 2018.

What do we see as the best bets involving Serbia at the 2018 World Cup?

In Group E at the 2018 World Cup, Serbia lurks just behind Brazil and Switzerland in the hunt to qualify for the knockout round, making it a hot candidate for potentially profitable bets. Longshot Costa Rica completes the draw in Group E, which makes this group particularly well-balanced – with the exception, naturally, of World Cup favorit Brazil.

In addition to long-term bets as well as their opportunities to make it into the next round, or even make it to the final stages of the competition, in our 2018 World Cup betting tips we focus on the individual matches which Serbia will play against Switzerland and Costa Rica, since here we see a pair of very tight duels with correspondingly worthwhile odds. The chances of this team from the Balkans making it out of the group are evaluated at 888sports with odds of 2.05, with this particular bookmaker estimating the Serbs’ chances as only minimally less than those of their group opponent, Switzerland. A bet on Serbia being eliminated in the round-of-16 is rewarded by Interwetten with top odds of 3.10, which, in the event of a not totally improbable second-place finish and a corresponding result in Group F, might lead to a match-up against defending-champion Germany.

You could create a safety net for this bet on Serbia at the 2018 World Cup by simultaneously placing a bet on the Serbian team finishing third in their group, which is currently quoted odds at Interwetten of 2.60. We, too, are working under the assumption that second-place in Group E at the 2018 World Cup, behind Brazil, will be battled out between Serbia and Switzerland, which is why we expect this encounter to feature two very tactically oriented teams and, as a consequence, few goals. This assumption is also reflected in our betting tip on Serbia’s match against Switzerland at the 2018 World Cup, in which we recommend placing a bet on fewer than 2.5 goals being scored.

At bethard, we were able to elicit solid odds of 1.55, whilst even those tipsters choosing a safer bet on fewer than 3.5 goals still have the potential to make a profit thanks to odds of 1.19. In the match against group longshot Costa Rica, we were able to discover profitable odds of 2.08 at 1XBet, which, however, should be enjoyed with caution when we take into consideration the minimal difference in ability of the two teams. In this encounter as well, a bet focused on the number of goals scored appears particularly attractive, since the fundamentally defense-oriented Serbian team shouldn’t have too much to fear from the somewhat meager attack of the Costa Ricans here at the 2018 World Cup. Because of this, our betting assumes that this will be a tactical, defensive back-and-forth, with a bet on fewer than 1.5 goals being scored in this 2018 World Cup match between Serbia and Costa Rica being quoted odds at Tipico of 2.65.

Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Serbia

  • To reach the round of the last 16
  • In the match against Switzerland: Under 2.5 goals overall
  • In the match against Brazil: Both Teams to score

What is the make-up of Serbia’s 2018 World Cup squad?

Due to the surprise firing of Slavoljub Muslin after the World Cup qualifying phase, Mladen Krstajic will be sitting on the bench at the 2018 World Cup as the head trainer. For this Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 player, this will be his first stint as a head coach, after having served from 2016-2017 as Muslin’s co-trainer before taking over his current job. Rumor has it that the Serbian Football Association’s interference in selection of the 2018 World Cup squad caused discord between the trainer and officials, after which they agreed to go their separate ways. With regards to the 2018 World Cup, we assume that Krstajic will not make any major changes to the basic tactical concept of his predecessor, especially since he knows Muslin’s system well and is interested in continuing the successful form which Serbia demonstrated during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Krstajic is going to be able to field a well-oiled team, a team that features a number of top international stars. The heart of the Serbian squad is formed by intelligent and experienced players like Aleksandar Kolarov of AS Roma, Nemanja Matic of Manchester United and Branislav Invanovic of Zenit St. Petersburg, who are responsible for the defensive duties. With top players of this quality, Serbia doesn’t merely put a basic defensive wall on the pitch, but instead, makes excellent use of space in its own half, which might at any time create mismatch situations close to the ball. If Serbia then manages to win back the ball, they can feed it to wingers Dusan Tadic of Southampton and Filip Kostic of Hamburger SV who will then make a rapid beeline towards the opponent’s penalty box. Right up front, we find a physically strong target in the form of Fulham regular, Mitrovic, who knows how to take control of the ball and what to do with it, but who is also able to produce strong headers and establish his presence inside the penalty box.

During qualifying, for the most part their goal was guarded by Vladimir Stojkovic, who is under contract with Partizan Belgrade, which means, unlike many of his teammates, he is not regularly put to the test at the very highest level. In future, the Serbian national team will be able to place its hopes in a number of very promising up-and-coming players: That said, youngster Milinkovic-Savic of Lazio Rome, a highly talented central midfielder, is already waiting impatiently in the starting gate, though presumably he will not be a part of the Serbian squad at this upcoming 2018 World Cup.

What path did Serbia take to the 2018 World Cup?

In a qualifying group that included Austria, Wales, Ireland, Georgia and Moldavia, Serbia was able to prevail with a two-point advantage over Ireland and thus punch a direct ticket to the 2018 World Cup. Qualifying turned into a four-team battle between the nations of Serbia, Ireland, Wales and Austria, one that was characterized by tight matches and close results, with Serbia often deciding things in its favor.

After a rather disappointing 2:2 draw against Ireland, they chalked up victories over Moldavia and group favorite, Austria, which provided a comfortable foundation for the rest of the campaign. In their two matches against Wales, the two rivals to qualify for the World Cup parted ways with two draws and an aggregate score of 2:2. In the second match against Ireland, the Serbs were able to come out on top after an exciting match, even though defender Nikola Maksimovic had been sent off, barely escaping with a 1:0 victory. In the last two matches within the group, pure excitement was guaranteed. In the first of these, against Austria, the Serbs suffered their first and only defeat, leaving the Serbs’ 2018 World Cup hopes hanging by a thread going into the final match.

There, they again squeaked a narrow 1:0 victory, this time against an unpleasant opponent in the form of Georgia, which meant they had qualified directly for the 2018 World Cup under their own steam. Throughout qualifying, they were unable to achieve a single victory with more than a one-goal advantage, which, from our perspective, wasn’t by chance: Against strong opponents like Austria as well as a dynamic Wales squad, the team of now ex-trainer Slavoljub Muslin managed to convince thanks to their tactical skill and a disciplined performance in all aspects of their play. In their encounters with Georgia as well as Moldavia, the Serbian national team also demonstrated impressively that they are quite capable of playing rapid combination football and finding tactical solutions.

With regards to Serbia’s participation in the 2018 World Cup, it remains to be seen whether new coach Mladen Krstajic wishes to bring his own ideas to the team, or if he prefers to place his trust in the tactical concepts of his predecessor. We assume that the latter will be the case and expect a hard-nosed Serbian team that will demonstrate iron discipline, smart tactics and physical presence, making them an unpleasant opponent for whoever faces them.

What is Serbia’s record at previous World Cups?

Because they were part of the former Yugoslavian national team, Serbia’s sporting history is naturally shorter than most. And in fact, rather than seeing themselves as a continuation of the previous Yugoslavian teams, since it was founded Serbia has decided to embrace a brand-new era in sports. As an independent association, Serbia at the 2018 World Cup will only be represented at the finals for the second time in its history. Their first participation was at the 2010 World Cup, which saw them drawn in the same group as Germany, Ghana and Australia. During the group phase, they achieved a remarkable 1:0 success over subsequent group winner and semifinal participant Germany, though they lost both of their matches against Ghana and Australia by one goal apiece.

At the end of the day, Serbia finished 1 point out of second place in their group at the 2010 World Cup. Even though historical circumstances have dictated that Serbia’s World Cup record is rather scanty, it is fair to assume that this disciplined team from the Balkans will make frequent appearances at major sporting events in future. That said, the football-crazy fans from Serbia are certain to add to the flavor of the 2018 World Cup and whip up a euphoric atmosphere on the stands in Russia.

*All odds: status 20.02.2018

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