Ole, ole! With less than a month to go to the 2018 World Cup season, excitement is running high. This tournament is football’s biggest stage and everyone around the globe is watching. Fans are stocking up on their country’s flags, retailers are coming up with footie promotions and bookmakers are going crazy with their list of offerings! It is bound to be a long month of great opportunity for all sports bettors.
As we enter the biggest football and biggest sports betting season, we thought our readers would find a guide to each World Cup team helpful. We profile each of the 32 nations’ World Cup history, squads, star players and more.
In this article, we shine the spotlight on Serbia. Most importantly, we will fill you in on the odds for Serbia to win World Cup 2018. Onwards, then!
Serbia World Cup 2018: World Cup History
It’s Serbia’s first time back since 2010. Their home fans were on the verge of disillusionment. However, Serbia cruised through their qualifying group. They had just one defeat in ten qualifying matches and scored 20 goals during their Russia 2018 campaign—the most number of goals in their group. You could say that Ireland, Wales and Austria were left behind in their dust.
This relatively small country has made 11 appearances in World Cup history. In two of these appearances, the team actually made it to semi-finals! However, this is rather long ago—1930 and 1962. Serbia was also then part of Yugoslavia.
The team currently ranks #35 by FIFA’s count, a far cry from their peak rank at #6. The odds on Serbia winning world cup 2018 are not very high, but for the first time in years, Serbians are excited about football. “We’ve got the strongest team and the strongest men,” a fan had proudly quoted to the press.
Serbia World Cup 2018: Team
If anything will boost Serbia World Cup 2018 odds, it’s their players. The Serbian national team is filled with a skillful squad of players. There’s Branislav Ivanovic, Serbia’s star player and long-serving captain (since 2012 actually).
With a century of caps for Serbia under his belt, the UEFA Champions League title and three English Premier League titles with Chelsea, Ivanovic is one to be reckoned with. Today, he plays for Zenit St Petersburg in Russia.
However, the team has seen some new changes in the last few months. Former Manchester City defender, Aleksander Kolarov recently took on the role as captain. Lots of young blood were injected into the final squad too.
There is a 20 year old striker, Luka Jovic from Benfica and 22-year old winger Nemanja Radonjic. As in many other national teams with young talent, we consider the odds Serbia win world cup 2018 improved.
The team is currently coached by Mladen Krstajic. Krstajic was a former defender for Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He took charge (as temporary command) after his predecessor, Slavoljub Muslin was sacked in October 2017. His appointment came as a shock as Muslin had led the team to a successful qualifying campaign.
Since his care, Krastajic has been experimenting with team formations and tactics. They’ve lost one friendly against Morocco and won another against Nigeria. Due to their experimentation at the friendlies, it is hard to make any educated guess at odds Serbia world cup 2018.
Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar), Aleksandar Jovanovic (Aarhus).
Defenders: Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Matija Nastasic (Schalke 04), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina).
Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Mijat Gacinovic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Filip Kostic (Hamburg SV), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade), Nemanja Maksimovic (Valencia).
Strikers: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Salonika), Luka Jovic (Benfica).
What do you think? Do these unexpected changes affect the odds on Serbia winning 2018 World Cup for better or worse? Anyway, the bookmakers’ official opinion on Serbia world cup 2018 odds below.
Serbia World Cup 2018 Odds; World Cup 2018 Serbia Fixtures
Here are the betting odds Serbia to win World Cup 2018:
Odds Serbia World Cup 2018 Matches
- Serbia vs. Costa Rica (Sunday, 17th June 2018)
- Costa Rica 21/20
- Draw 21/10
- Serbia 3
Serbia vs. Switzerland (Friday, 22nd June 2018)
- Switzerland 8/5
- Draw 19/10
- Serbia 2
Serbia vs. Brazil (Wednesday, 27th June 2018)
- Brazil 4/11
- Draw 4
- Serbia 13/2
The odds and predictions above were provided by SkyBet.
Odds of Serbia World Cup Top Goalscorer
- Aleksandar Mitrovic 6/4
- Duscan Tadic 5
- Filip Kostic 6
- Mijat Gacinovic 6
- Aleksandar Kolarov 10
Odds on Serbia winning 2018 World Cup
The current chance for Serbia to win world cup 2018 odds stands at 200—very unlikely. However, Serbians at home are proud enough as is that they managed to enter the global finals. The odds for Serbia’s stage of elimination are as follows:
- Group Stage 7/10
- Last 16 12/5
- Quarter Final 8
- Semi Final 25
- Runner Up 80
- Winner 200
Serbia World Cup 2018 Fixtures
Serbia plays in Group E, alongside Brazil, Costa Rica and Switzerland. Here is their schedule. If you’re betting on the odds on Serbia to win world cup 2018, better add these matches to your calendar!
- Serbia vs. Costa Rica: Sunday 17th June, 4:00 PM (Local Time), Samara Arena, Samara
- Serbia vs. Switzerland: Friday 22nd June, 8:00 PM (Local Time), Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
- Serbia vs. Brazil: Wednesday 27th June, 9:00 PM (Local Time), Spartak Stadium, Moscow