Serbia take on Costa Rica on Sunday afternoon in their opening World Cup Group E fixture.

With five-time winners Brazil and sixth-in-the-world Switzerland also in Group E both sides know their chances of reaching the knockout stages in Russia hinge on a positive result in Samara.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Serbia side it believes will start the game.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.

And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game. You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.

When you’re happy with your team, press confirm and you’ll be able to share it with your friends via social media.

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