World Cup 2018 Group E Betting Preview
We've got a fairly balanced Group E featuring the most famous football nation in the world along with two European sides and a Costa Rica team who made a few waves at the 2014 World Cup.
Brazil look like World Cup winners in the making
BRAZIL look to be in excellent health ahead of the 2018 World Cup, with the South American side winning the CONMEBOL section by a country mile and Tite’s team could be the one to beat in Russia.
The Brazilians are a talented group of players spearheaded by Neymar, a forward who appears to be peaking with Paris Saint Germain, while you can understand why his former club Barcelona wanted to snap up Philippe Coutinho for any price.
Defensively, Brazil look pretty strong and they should be head and shoulders above any of their Group D opponents, with the men in yellow targeting a sixth World Cup triumph.
Solid Serbia look set for successful World Cup
The remaining three teams look evenly-matched and it’s hard to call who would potentially finish in second place. However, SERBIA didn’t do a lot wrong in a tough qualifying group that included Austria, Ireland and Wales.
The Eagles might have been in Pot 4 of the draw, although they won their group and only lost one match along the way, with the team looking for a permanent coach in place well ahead of Russia.
This is a rugged team led by former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, with Nemanja Matic and Aleksandar Kolarov also bringing steel to the team, not to mention experience of winning high level games.
Swiss and Costa Ricans don't have much depth
SWITZERLAND will also fancy their chances of a runners-up berth, with the Swiss coming through a UEFA qualification play-off against Northern Ireland although a 1-0 aggregate win over modest opponents suggests that they’re not that strong.
Vladimir Petkovic’s side won nine of their ten qualifying matches but the opposition was modest and they rely on Xherdan Shaqiri to provide creativity and goals.
Finally, COSTA RICA can’t be discounted as they pitch up at their fourth World Cup in the last five renewals. The Central America side came through a group featuring England, Italy and Uruguay at the last World Cup, with La Sele making it to the last eight stage before a defeat on penalties against Argentina.
Sporting’s Bryan Ruiz remains part of the squad and he’s the captain, with many of these players part of the successful 2014 World Cup campaign although an opener against Serbia will be testing ahead of a clash with Brazil.
Group E Prediction
4. Costa Rica
Serbia to qualify @ 2.10 (11/10) with bet365