Tip Costa Rica - Serbia
Costa Rica beat Northern Ireland back at home, before falling to Belgium and England in their last two friendly matches, in Europe and they will be hoping for a kinder outing at the World Cup. Serbia played two friendly matches, losing to Chile and beating Bolivia and they will be gunning for an opener in the same streak against a Costa Rica side more experienced at playing in the World Cup. Costa Rica have picked three losses and two wins in the last five matches, scoring five and conceding seven and with that kind of defending they will have to be very wary of a Serbia side with two wins, two draws and a loss but having scored nine and conceded four in the last five. Serbia have managed three wins in 12 matches and conceded in eight of their last 10 matches, they have scored in six of their last 10 matches. In the World Cup, Costa Rica, who first played at this stage in 1990, have won six of the 15 matches, and in the last 10 they have managed three wins. Serbia head to the game on six wins in the last 10 matches, and five clean sheets in the process. They have lost just three of their last 15 matches and scored in 11 of their last 12 matches. This will be the first ever meeting between the two nations.
Key points Costa Rica - Serbia
Costa Rica have conceded in eight of their last 10 matches.
Serbia have scored in 11 of their last 12 matches.
Costa Rica have three wins in the last 12 matches.
Serbia have three losses in the last 15 matches.
Conclusion Costa Rica - Serbia
The only thing that perhaps may not work for Serbia here is their inexperience at the World Cup, as compared to Costa Rica. Serbia are playing only their second World Cup and it will be their fourth game at that level. However, they make up for it with a slightly better run, compared to Costa Rica; they have a stronger attack as well as defence, and this is what may give them an edge. Costa Rica have struggled against European nations in their pretournament friendly matches and here, a win for Serbia seems assured.
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