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Azerbaijan vs Serbia Prediction & Match Preview



Azerbaijan vs Serbia Prediction & Match Preview



30 March 2021 18:45 UK/ 19:45 CET World Cup Qual

Serbia will be aiming to cement top position in Group A when they take on Azerbaijan on Tuesday evening. 

The Eagles showed character in their second group game, with the team coming from two goals behind to share the spoils with star-studded Portugal. 

New boss Dragan Stojkovic is doing a great job with the Serbian national team, and even though defender Nikola Milenkovic is banned for the Olympic Stadium clash, away win should be considered.

A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Fulham attacker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has become Serbia’s all-time top scorer. 

Azerbaijan kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 loss to Portugal, and given their display in a 2-1 loss to Qatar at the weekend, anything but a routine win would be a major surprise. 

In the previous meeting between the two national teams Serbia outplayed Azerbaijan 4-1.

Azerbaijan vs Serbia: Head to Head

Teams Azerbaijan Serbia played so far 5 matches.
Azerbaijan won 1 direct matches. Serbia won 3 matches. 1 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 4.00 goals per Match.

Azerbaijan vs Serbia: Prediction

Azerbaijan in actual season average scored 0.81 goals per match. In 8 (57.14%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (28.57%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Serbia average scored 1.63 goals per match in season 2021. In 11 (68.75%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 6 (37.50%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Azerbaijan made a raft of changes for their weekend friendly, as expected, so the duo of Mahammadaliyev and Medvedev are set to return despite their unfortunate involvements in the decisive goal against Portugal.

Sheydaev will hope to earn another start following his goal against Qatar, but Ali Ghorbani should return to the squad this week and is set to do battle with his teammate for the chance to spearhead the Azerbaijan attack.

Meanwhile, the visitors will be forced into a change in defence after Nikola Milenkovic was given his marching orders against Portugal, and Stojkovic has also seen Milos Veljkovic return to Werder Bremen following adductor problems.

Feyenoord's Uros Spajic is therefore the most likely candidate to deputise at the back, and Stojkovic could elect to shuffle the pack further up the pitch after his half-time substitutions paid dividends on Saturday.

Nemanja Maksimovic and Nemanja Radonjic - the latter of whom provided the assist for Kostic's equaliser - were both introduced for the second 45 and could earn starts here, while Dusan Vlahovic's place up top is also under threat from Luka Jovic.

Azerbaijan possible starting lineup:
Mahammadaliyev; Medvedev, B. Huseynov, Badalov, Kryvotsiuk; A. Huseynov, Mustafayev, Makhmudov, Salahly; Emreli, Sheydaev

Serbia possible starting lineup:
Dmitrovic; Pavlovic, Spajic, Mitrovic; Lazovic, Maksimovic, Milinkovic-Savic, Radonjic; Tadic; Mitrovic, Jovic