Serbia v Bolivia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 9th June
Connor Thompson (@thompsonnn10) previews Serbia v Bolivia and provides us with his best bets for Saturday evening’s international friendly by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Serbia v Bolivia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 9th June 2018
- Time: 17:00
- Venue: Merkur Arena
- Channel: This fixture is not on TV in the UK.
Serbia host Bolivia on Saturday night in their second and final World Cup warm-up fixture. The visitors failed to qualify for the tournament having finished second bottom of their group, losing 12 games, two more than bottom side Venezuela.
After topping Group D in the World Cup qualifiers Serbia’s form has come to halt as they’ve won just two of their last five matches. Although, they’ve still managed to score a goal in four of their last five matches, which is a positive for head coach Mladen Krstajić. The visitors, however, have failed to score in three of their last five and BTTS looks unlikely in this one.
Last Friday Serbia lost 1-0 to a Chile side missing the likes Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas. The Serbian’s didn’t introduce the likes of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Nemanja Matic and Dusan Tadic until the second half so it’s likely Serbia will field a full-strength side Saturday evening.
Aleksandar Mitrović (6) and Dusan Tadić (4) were the top scorers for Serbia in qualification and the later also picked up an astonishing seven assists to add to his impressive goal tally. It’s hard to look past a Serbia win here as Bolivia have won only two of their last 21 away matches. For extra value Serbia at a -1 handicap looks convincing as the hosts have won 2-0 twice in their last five fixtures.
For Bolivia, things are looking bleak. A 0-0 home draw against Brazil last October is the most exciting result in recent times. The 33-year-old striker Juan Carlos is Bolivia’s biggest goal threat having scored four goals during World Cup qualification, however, it’s unlikely the visitors will get on the score sheet having failed to score against Korea Republic, USA and Curaçao in their previous three fixtures.
No recent injury news.
Potential Serbia Starting XI: Stojković, Ivanović, Kolarov, Rukavina, Vuković, Nastasić, Matić, Tadić, Milivojević, Kostić, Mitrović.
Potential Bolivia Starting XI: Lampe, Valverde, Chumacero, Bejarano, Azogue, Wayar, Flores, Castro, Candia, Carlos, Alvarez.
Stats & Facts
- This will be the first time the two sides have faced each other.
- Dusan Tadić contributed to 11 goals in qualifying, scoring four and assisting seven.
- Bolivia lost more games than any other South American side in qualifying.
- Serbia topped a group consisting of Republic of Ireland and Wales.
- Serbia 2/9
- Draw 9/2
- Bolivia 11/1