Brazil may be the favorites to top Group E. but the race to grab that second qualification spot should be open. Two teams who are hoping to join the Selecao in the next round will lock horns in Costa Rica vs Serbia
The European outfit is the likelier of the two sides to make the round of 16. A talented squad backed by experience earned their ticket to Russia by topping their qualifying group ahead of the likes of Republic of Ireland, Wales, and Austria.
After missing out on the 2014 edition, the Orlovi is back in football's most coveted tournament. Despite their impressive form in the qualifiers, head coach Slavoljub Muslin was sacked, which means Mladen Krstajic will be the man in charge.
Defensive frailties have been one worrying issue for Serbia, something which Costa Rica will hope to exploit. The Central American nation is the favorite to suffer a group-stage exit, but their heroics in the last World Cup means they should not be written off.
Despite being grouped with England, Italy, and Uruguay in 2014, Los Ticos finished in first place ahead of the European and South American giants. A number of players from the squad that made it to the quarter-finals in Brazil are here in Russia and will be keen on repeating that success.
- These two sides have never met before.
- Serbia scored five goals in their last pre-World Cup friendly, with Mitrovic bagging a hat-trick.
- Costa Rica conceded six goals in back-to-back defeats against England and Belgium.
- Los Ticos has scored five goals in their last five games, but only two of them ended in victory (L3).
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