Serbia to make winning start

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Serbia are back at the World Cup after missing out in 2014 and should get their Group E campaign off to a winning start against Costa Rica.

Serbia to win @ 1/1

The Eagles came through a tough qualifying group including Wales, Austria and the Republic of Ireland but made an odd call to sack Slavoljub Muslin and replace him with the inexperienced Mladen Krstajic.

Despite the initial doubts, Krstajic has done well to date and saw his side beat Bolivia 5-1 in their final warm-up.

Costa Rica in contrast have suffered convincing defeats to England and Belgium in recent weeks and their age seems to be catching up on Los Ticos, with many of the team that reached the quarters four years ago still present.

Although this is many of the Serbs’ first World Cup, their vibrancy is infectious and they can thrive in Samara.

Germany v Mexico over 3.5 goals @ 37/20

While Brazil play in the other Group E fixture, my other bet is a goal-fest in Group F where Germany take on Mexico.

These two met in the semi-finals of last year’s Confederations Cup and played out a thriller, as Die Mannschaft won 4-1.

Incredibly, the holders have netted four in their opening games of the last three World Cups, while they bagged eight in their first match in 2002.

While Mexico have tightened up at the back, their preference for attacking football means they can leave gaps and I expect goals galore in Moscow.

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