Serbia v Chile – 04.06.2018 – Betting Tip
Having missed out on a place at the biggest stage event after an underwhelming campaign in the recently finished CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifications, Chile head into the friendly with Serbia in a relatively decent form. The South American outfit bagged a win and a draw back in March in friendlies against Scandinavian World Cup contestants.
Reinaldo Rueda’s men will be up against another European hopeful this time out serving as imitators of Serbian rivals in the group phase Brazil. The match is scheduled for Monday evening and the venue is neutral, Merkur Arena in Graz.
The Eagles missed out on most of the big stage international events in the last decade, but they took advantage of the group without a favourite in the European qualifying campaign for the World Cup. Guided by an experienced manager in the like of Slavoljub Muslin, the Serbians did well in the Group D, eventually ending up topping it above the likes of Republic of Ireland, Wales and Austria.
The attacking line functioned great as Serbia bagged a fine 20-goal tally in ten qualifying affairs, by far most in the group. Aleksandar Mitrovic has mainly been responsible for the finishing touch, notching six goals in the campaign, two more than Southampton’s Dusan Tadic. Team’s top scorer had an amazing second half of the season on loan at Fulham as he was practically the essential part of the team which went on to earn the promotion by beating Aston Villa in the Championship play-offs final at Wembley.
There are no doubts the in-form Mitrovic will be the biggest threat to the Chilean goal here. Dusan Tadic has been one of the best suppliers for goals in the Saints’ shirt for years now and the attacking line with him, Adem Ljajic and Filip Kostic behind the lone striker can be lethal to any defense out there.
Nevertheless, Serbians shockingly decided to make a change on the bench right after the huge success (WC qualification) appointing Mladen Krstajic over Muslin. The former Schalke 04 defender has zero experience in managerial waters, but he will have the honour of leading the team this summer in Russia. Serbia had a semi-success in March set of friendlies under Krstajic losing 1-2 to Morocco and beating Nigeria 2-0 just days after. Mitrovic bagged a brace in the mentioned victory over the Super Eagles.
La Roja are looking for the renaissance under Reinaldo Rueda. They are one of the highest-profile teams to miss the World Cup in Russia being back-to-back Copa America champions. Nonetheless, the streak of three defeats in last four rounds of the South American WC qualifiers left them below the line sitting just lock on points with the fifth-placed Peru who made their way to the competition through inter-continental play-offs.
Rueda will test younger players in May/June friendlies against Romania, Serbia and Poland. The main stars (Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas) are left out and it will be interesting to see how the new Chilean squad will compete the European World Cup contestants.
The Colombian manager has reasons to be satisfied with how his side’s defensive line looked in mentioned matches with Denmark (1-2 win) and Sweden (0-0) draw and keeping things quiet at the back will no doubts be Chile’s main objective here.
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Head to Head and Stats
The two sides had the opportunity to lock horns just once in the past. The clash happened six years ago and it was also of a friendly character. It’s Serbia who came on top shocking the South American heavyweights 1-3 on the neutral venue in St. Gallen.
Lazar Markovic, Filip Djordjevic and Filip Djuricic were on the scoreline for the team then led by the famous Inter Milan and Lazio star Sinisa Mihajlovic. Interestingly, Vidal, Sanchez and Vargas were all in the Chilean starting XI back then.
Our Tips and Predictions
Serbia will no doubts come into the game in higher spirits and they are the side closer to snatching the victory here given the South Americans will feature without their main stars. Knowing that the Eagles comfortably defeated La Roja in their maiden head to head encounter six years ago in St. Gallen, we do find the value in backing Serbia to win at 2.40 (7/5).
In the sea of other betting tips, we find the Over 2.5 goals FT particularly interesting. Serbia play attractive attacking football, Chile are well capable of scoring against any team in the world, and we simply have to take the 2.15 (23/20) odds for three or more goals in the game. You can even find odds higher than 2.20 (6/5) on this market with most betting sites in Kenya.