Serbia’s impressive start in the midweek was quite on the contrary with Portugal’s form. The European champion was struggling for their first win. Now both teams will be squaring off for the next game. They are likely to be competing for the top of the group position for the automatic ticket in Qatar 2022. Such is undeniably one of the most anticipated match in this qualifying round on the weekend.
Teams previous matches
Dragan Stojkovic’s men defeated Ireland 3-2 in a tight affair. Goal galore and trading goals were inevitable. Ireland took the lead through Alan Browne’s header but the Fiorentina man Dusan Vlahovic equalised. At the second half, Alexander Mitrovic’s brace put them in a two goal cushion before James Collins scored Irish’s second goal of the game.
Portugal, on the other hand, was struggling to snatch a 1-0 win over Azerbaijan. A single winning goal of Seleccao das Quinas even came from an own goal by Maksim Medvedev. It was below their fans’ expectation.
The former captain and chairman of the Serbia football federation, Dragan Stojkovic opts for 3-4-1-2 formation. Dusan Tadic is likely to be given a freer role behind Alexander Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic. The Ajax man created three assists in the last outing.
Meanwhile, Fernando Santos might be in need of considering on deploying 4-3-1-2 or 4-4-2 instead. Cristiano Ronaldo’s potentials on positioning and aerial duel can be optimised in such formation. He could be featuring as the duo frontman alongside Andre Silva or Diogo Jota supported by Joao Felix who can operate behind them as the number ten.
Players to watch
The skipper Dusan Tadic is definitely the key man to watch. He has earned 74 caps and scored 16 goals. The former Southampton man has proven his quality as provider too in the last outing. Some other notable figures to focus are Fulham’s experienced striker Alexander Mitrovic, Fiorentina young forward Dusan Vlahovic and Frankfurt winger Filip Kostic.
Cristiano Ronaldo has always been expected to be the goal scorer in each and every game. However, considering his age, Liverpool’s Diogo Jota could be the one to rely on as well as Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix. Frankfurt man Andre Silva can come off the bench at the second half to add more threats on Serbia’s defence.
Serbia vs Portugal Prediction
Portugal is meeting their tough contender. Serbia now is much different from the last time they met in EURO 2020 qualifiers. They have transformed into a team with a deadly attacking lines. Fernando Santos’s men’s form against in the last outing should be improved otherwise it is rather unlikely for them to pick up a win on the road. A tie for this fixture is more plausible.
The game is bound to be even. CR7 and Co’s are projected to win at 4/5, whereas the draw result is at the value of 32/11. The home side’s odds to win are at 4/1.