Group E Matchday 1 might not be as tough as other groups’ fixtures. Yet it adds great excitement to watch World Cup 2018 odds favourites Brazil, and to see who could show the capability to finish second in the group.
On Sunday, June 17, Group E of the World Cup begins with what should be a tight match as Serbia take on Costa Rica. Could Serbia cause a surprise against Costa Rica? If so, they will raise their World Cup 2018 odds to finish second in the table behind Five-time champions Brazil. The other game at evening will feature the Selecao looking to add no. 6 trophy this summer, by taking the pitch with full talent against Switzerland in their opener. All online betting sites in Russia suggest Brazil as hot favourites to win this one with an easy kick off.
World Cup 2018 Odds: Serbia vs Costa Rica
Serbia opening fixture will be against the group’s weakest side, Costa Rica, and that will provide them confidence to ease themselves into the tournament and start their World Cup 2018 odds with complete three points. Serbia had an impressive qualifying campaign. They led a group containing Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales as well as a talented Austria side. After 8 years of absence and a roster of young talents, they are motivated to show up as favourites in this match.
Their opponents Costa Rica carry on great memories of reaching quarterfinals in 2014 in Brazil, but this time their squad is in worse shape. If only their goalkeeper Keylor Navas repeats his heroics, Costa Rica could secure a draw against Serbia. At Pinnacle Sportsbook Serbia are expected to win with (1.952) odds, a draw (3.380) odds, and a victory for Costa Rica stands at (4.689) odds.
Brazil vs Switzerland betting Odds
In head-to-head stats the two nations have faced each other eight times. Brazil won three games, with three draws and Switzerland winning twice. But, if Switzerland get three points this time it would, with all respect, be one of the shocks of the round. Not only because Brazil have a notorious starting 11, but also Switzerland are not consistent in threatening top teams.
The Selecao coasted through qualification, topping the difficult South American qualifying tournament by a clear 10 points. They are in a much better shape than four years ago, and they will be highly interested to top the group and avoid the potential showdown with Germany in round 16. According to Pinnacle Sportsbook, Brazil are expected to have an easy win with (1.444) odds, a draw (4.750), and a surprising win for Switzerland stands at (8.500) odds.