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27 March 2021 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET World Cup Qual

Serbia kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign in great manner, with the team beating Republic of Ireland 3-2 in Belgrade. 


Serbia boss Dragan Stojkovic rested several first-team regulars in the opener, but he is likely to field the best possible side against Portugal, with all Maksimovic, Lazovic, Kostic, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic pushing for a start. 

Fulham attacker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored a brace in the triumph over Ireland, should be recalled to the starting XI as well, while Aleksandar Kolarov and Luka Milivojevic have been left out of the squad.

A Selecao, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Azerbaijan in the opening match of their qualifying campaign. 

Man Utd midfielder Bruno Fernandes and Atletico Madrid attacker Joao Felix should be recalled to the starting XI, but, as always, a man to watch in the away team will be Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Anyhow, given the attacking potential of the two sides, both teams to score betting option should be considered.

Serbia vs Portugal: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Serbia Portugal played so far 6 matches.
Serbia won 0 direct matches. Portugal won 3 matches. 3 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.00 goals per Match.

Serbia vs Portugal Prediction

Serbia in actual season average scored 1.62 goals per match. In 14 (77.78%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 12 (66.67%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Portugal average scored 2.00 goals per match in season 2021. In 10 (76.92%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (53.85%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Mitrovic will certainly be eyeing a starting role after finding his shooting boots against Ireland, so Jovic and Filip Djuricic may have to make do with spots on the bench for this one.

Dusan Tadic bagged both assists for Mitrovic's goals so is in no danger of losing his place in the attack, while Filip Kostic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic are both in line for recalls to the engine room.

Stefan Mitrovic did not cover himself in glory for Ireland's second goal on the night, so Nemanja Gudelj is waiting in the wings for his opportunity in a back three.

Eighteen-year-old Sporting Lisbon defender Nuno Mendes was handed a start on the left after an injury to Raphael Guerreiro, and the Manchester City linked-starlet is in line for his second Portugal cap this weekend.

Bruno Fernandes was introduced at half time against Azerbaijan and should certainly be recalled to the starting lineup here, with Joao Moutinho's spot in the midfield also under threat from the returning Danilo Pereira.

Santos also hailed the impact of Joao Felix in midweek, and given his side's lack of ruthlessness on the night, he may be tempted to introduce the Atletico Madrid man and Diogo Jota to the first XI this time around.

Serbia possible starting lineup:
Dmitrovic; Pavlovic, Milenkovic, S. Mitrovic; Gagic, Maksimovic, Milinkovic-Savic, Kostic; Tadic; Vlahovic, A. Mitrovic

Portugal possible starting lineup:
Lopes; Cancelo, Duarte, Dias, Mendes; Pereira, Moutinho, Fernandes; Neto, Felix, Ronaldo


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