Serbia Lose to Late Goal Against Chile
While Serbia are not one of the biggest teams heading to Russia this summer, many people are interested in them from a betting point of view. They have been put in a group with Brazil, but if you take the South Americans out of it then Serbia are likely to battle it out with Switzerland for the final qualification spot. With Costa Rica up first, Serbia get the chance to ease into the tournament, unlike Switzerland who are thrown in at the deep end facing Brazil in their opening game.
However, in their most recent warm up game Serbia were beaten by Chile, a team who haven't made the World Cup this time around, but one who still set a decent standard. A late goal in the 88th minute was enough for Chile to bag a win over Serbia, leaving the Serbians with just one game before the tournament begins. That will come on Saturday when they face another South American opponent in Bolivia, another game they will feel they can win.
The Serbians do not play pretty football, but they are very effective when they get going, making them ideal for tournament football. They have the defensive ability to keep things at bay, and can frustrate teams when playing them, a reason why many think they may sneak a qualification spot from group E in Russia. However, one thing they can't afford to do is concede late goals like the one they did against Chile. Concentration for the full 90 minutes is required in important games and Serbia need to be at their very best if they are to get enough points to qualify from the group.
All eyes will be on Serbia as they look to bag a victory from their final warm up game on Saturday. Bolivia will give them a very similar test to what Chile did, they are a South American team who play football, but they are beatable and for confidence, Serbia need to win the game.
Many people will be backing Serbia for qualification from their group, thinking they can do enough to finish second behind Brazil. A win against Bolivia would certainly raise confidence ahead of their trip to Russia next week.