Less than two weeks is left till the beginning of the World Cup. So, the teams need to get ready for the tournament by playing friendlies. Serbia, who are in the World Cup Group E with Brazil, Switzerland, and Costa Rica, are gonna play Chile on Monday evening. Although this is a friendly game, it doesn’t mean it’s not gonna be packed with excitement. Who’s going to win? Maybe this Serbia vs. Chile match preview will help you find the answer!
Serbia will play in the same group as the number one favorite to take the World Cup trophy, Brazil. What this means is that Serbia probably won’t be able to end the group stage on the top place. But, two teams go to the Round of 16, so Serbia will have to do better than the Swiss and the Costa Ricans in order to get to the knockout stage.
But, even that is a pretty tough task, so Serbia will have to work really hard. And if they hope to achieve anything, they need to start working hard even before the tournament starts. They need to get themselves ready for the big games by playing well in the friendlies. This is why the game with Chile will have a big importance for the Serbs.
Serbia finished the qualifiers at the top position in their qualifying group and booked their spot in the World Cup without the need to play in the playoffs. However, after the qualifiers finished, their team manager, Slavoljub Muslin, got fired. His replacement is Mladen Krstajic, a coach with no prior experience in managing national teams, or any teams as a matter of fact.
He did make some changes in the team since his appointment, the most important being the call-up for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who didn’t play in the qualifiers. So, Krstajic and his players need to get accustomed to each other, which is something that increases the significance of the Chile game even more.
Despite having a number of world-class players in the squad, Chile failed to get a place at the World Cup 2018. So, it’s fair to say that their players don’t feel too motivated in the friendlies. After all, they’re gonna miss the real party down in Russia.
However, because Chile’s best players like Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal, and a few others are out of the team (they might get back if needed in the Copa America), youngsters will do their best to showcase their talents. So, some of these young guns might put on a wonderful performance on Monday, who knows?
All the players that Krstajic picked for the World Cup are fit and ready for the game.
Most of Chile’s big-name players will not feature in the friendlies. The biggest star you can expect to see playing against Serbia is Gary Medel.
Stojkovic – Spajic, Tosic, Rukavina, Kolarov – Matic, Milivojevic, Milinkovic-Savic, Tadic, Ljajic – Mitrovic
Collao – Lichnovsky, Maripán, Diaz, Vegas – Medel, Reyes, Sagal, Rodriguez, Valdes – Fernándes
Serbia vs. Chile Match Prediction
Serbia should win this game without any problems. After all, Serbia’s best players will play against what’s basically Chile’s B-team. On top of that, the motivation is on the side of Serbia. You can be certain that each of these players will give their utmost to show Krstajic they’re worth a spot in the starting XI at the World Cup.
Serbia vs. Chile Betting Tips
- Serbia @2.10 (bet365)
- Serbia AH -1.5 @4.10 (bet365)