Serbia vs Portugal prediction comes before next Euro Cup qualifiers matchup. This game will be played on Saturday, September 7th, at Stadion Rajko Mitic in Belgrade, Serbia. In this match preview, we are bringing you useful betting tips and correct score predictions based on the analysis of these two teams.
Serbia vs Portugal Betting Tips
Both teams are below the promotion line, behind Ukraine and Luxembourg. The main reason why that is the case when Portugal is concerned is that they have played only two games so far in the EURO 2020 qualification. And both of those matches finished in draws. What this means is that the game in Belgrade is the one in which Portugal want to win all three points. Judging by their performance in their previous duel, something like that won’t be easy.
These two played in March when Portugal were the hosts and the score was 1:1. Portugal were expected to win that game, so a draw was kind of disappointing for this team. They surely want to get back on the right track with a win on weekend. But, even if they fail to do so, they would still have a good chance to secure a place in the continental cup.
The thing about this team is that they did very well in the UEFA Nations League, which is something hat can bring them a ticket to the final tournament, regardless of what they do in the qualifiers. So, they can relax and play freely against Serbia, knowing that whatever happens, they will still get another chance.
Serbia, on the other hand, does not have such a luxury. This team needs to up their game if they want to play in the EURO 2020. After three matches played in the qualification, they won only four points. But, even that is not the worst thing about their performances. What’s really embarrassing is the way they lost to Ukraine in June. The match was played in Lviv and the score was 5:0 Ukraine.
They did then hammer Lithuania at home, which is something that hints that they might be much better at home than on the road. Actually, Serbia are without a home defeat in competitive games since 2015. But, that’s when they got defeated by their next opponent, Portugal. Will the same scenario play out again? Seems not. Instead, this is going to be a very close game that could go either way.
Our Serbia vs Portugal prediction: Draw
Serbia vs Portugal correct score prediction: 1:1
Serbia Form and Latest News
The last match Serbia played was the one against Lithuania, in which they won 4:1. The scorers in those games were Aleksandar Mitrovic (two goals), Luka Jovic, and Adem Ljajic, all of whom are expected to feature in the Saturday’s game. Obviously, Serbia has a squad that seems capable of scoring against almost any opponent, but what about their defense? The facts that they have allowed in every qualifier they played and that they got hammered in Ukraine must worry their fans. But, many believe that the poor defensive performances were due to the tactical style of their previous manager Krstajic. Their new manager, Tumbakovic, is famous for playing defense-conscious tactics.
Portugal Form and Latest News
This is the team that won the UEFA Nations League in June. This is also the team that won the Euro 2016. That said, Portugal must be thought of as the favorites in this game. They have at least one excellent player in every position on the pitch. Of course, their strongest point is their attack, where they have their captain, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Serbia vs Portugal Predicted Lineups
Serbia predicted lineup: Rajkovic – Milenkovic, Spajic, Rukavina, Kolarov – Maksimovic, Milivojevic, Matic, Milinkovic-Savic – Tadic, Jovic
Portugal predicted lineup: Rui Patricio – Carrico, Fonte, Semedo, Mario Rui – William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes, Pereira – Bernardo Silva, Guedes, Ronaldo
Other Serbia vs Portugal betting tips:
HT-FT X-X @5.00