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Costa Rica vs. Serbia: Bet on the World Cup Odds and Preview

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Costa Rica vs. Serbia - World Cup odds and picks

Players looking to bet on the World Cup have but one more month to wait before they can scratch that itch. Bettors who bet on the 2014 World Cup will recall the surprise that was Costa Rica’s quarterfinal run. Despite being amongst the smallest countries in Central America, the Ticos manage to turn heads on their way to their deepest World Cup run yet. This time around, the Ticos will kick off their tournament action in the Costa Rica vs. Serbia contest. What kind of turnout are this year’s parlay payout odds predicting for the Central American country?

2018 World Cup – Costa Rica vs. Serbia – Sunday, June 17th     

When: 8:00 am ET

Where: Cosmos Arena, Samara, Russia

TV: Fox

Stream: Fox Sports Go

Bet on the World Cup Odds:

Costa Rica +½ (-119) 2 (-105) +295
Serbia -½ (+104) 2 (-110) +106
Costa Rica/Serbia Draw +247
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Costa Rica   

Coming off the country’s most successful World Cup performance, the Ticos are hopeful to find success in this year’s tournament. However, considering that they drew the same group as Brazil, the Costa Ricans aren’t exactly holding their breath. That said, one of the biggest Costa Rica was able to find that level of success was their astounding goalkeeping. Navas put on a clinic through every step of the tournament and was awarded by a first-class ticket to play for Real Madrid. Now, a couple years older, we’ll have to see if Navas is able to be the wall that he was for Costa Rica back in 2014.

Players to Watch: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), and Marco Ureña (LAFC).


This year’s draw marks Serbia’s 12th trip to the World Cup. Despite the frequent appearances, Serbia’s best finish was 4th back in 1930. Moreover, Serbia has yet to made it out of the group stage since 1962. Considering the countries they’ve drawn this time around, Serbia is hopeful they’ll be able to break that drought this time around. A win over the Ticos in their opening match would certainly help. Players looking to bet on the World Cup  can tell that the odds are favoring Serbia, although they’re not exactly pegged as the betting favorite.

Players to Watch: Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), and Nemanja Matic (Man U).

Costa Rica vs. Serbia || 2018 World Cup Betting Predictions


  • Costa Rica is 1-4-1 SU in their last 6 games
  • Costa Rica has scored 3 goals in their last 6 games
  • The Ticos have allowed 10 in their last 6 games
  • Serbia is 3-2-1 SU in their last 6 games
  • Serbia has scored 9 goals in their last 6 games
  • The Serbians have allowed 6 goals in their last 6 games

Costa Rica vs. Serbia || World Cup Betting Picks

So which side should top sportsbook  betting players favor in this Costa Rica vs. Serbia World Cup matchup? Since this is the first match for either of these two, it’ll be hard to predict. The money line odds make either team a great option straight up. Sign up today to get in on this 2018 World Cup betting action!

Score Prediction: 1-0 Costa Rica. The Ticos open up play on a good note. Costa Rica will cover the spread and the TOTAL will be UNDER.