Sports Mole preview Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier between Azerbaijan and Serbia, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Azerbaijan will want to recover from their painful Matchday 1 defeat to Portugal if they are welcome Serbia to Baku for their second World Cup qualifying game in Group A.
The visitors also recently closed the horns with the European champions and the champions of the League of Nations as the gates of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Filip Kostic saved a 2-2 draw for Dragan StojkovicWeekend side.
Lose against Cristiano RonaldoPortugal is nothing to be ashamed of, but Azerbaijan was broken when they lost to European champions as an own goal was all that could separate the two teams that night in Turin.
Solid throughout the game, Azerbaijan number one Shahrudin Mahammadaliyev tried to hit a cross in the 37th minute, only to see the captain’s ball cannon Maxim Medvedev and run into the back of the net, and there were no more gates than there were in the night Giovanni De BiasiThe excruciating wait for victory continued.
Azerbaijan was rightly welcomed for its efforts to subdue Portugal’s angry attackers. However, because of this result, they left the road to Qatar disappointingly. Since then, they have suffered another defeat against the hosts of 2022 in a friendly on Saturday.
While the other four teams in Group A battled each other, Azerbaijan succumbed to a brace from Qatar Hassan Al Heidos after this Ramil Sheydaev drew first blood from 12 yards as that result extended their winless run to seven games in all competitions, and they have only prevailed twice in their last 20 games.
After a game in fourth place, fans will not be placing bets on Azerbaijan for a first appearance at the World Cup finals soon, especially since a Serbian team that found their shooting shoes will try their position at the top this week to consolidate.
Quickly reverted to two well-received headers from Diogo iotaSerbia looked down and out before the half-time whistle against Portugal on Saturday, but Mitrovic scored his third goal in two games and set up a nervous 45-minute final Fernando SantosMen on the second day of the match.
Serbs’ pressure finally paid off when Filip Kostic ended a full-scale counterattack by tapping home after an hour and after surviving a red card and clearing Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot on goal from the line – despite the Juventus man’s conviction was that the target should have been forgiven – Serbia ultimately claimed a share of the booty.
Dragan Stojkovic’s side remain at the top thanks to the goals scored – with their exciting 3-2 win over the Republic of Ireland which works wonders for them in this division – although four goals conceded in two games are certainly cause for concern visiting managers, while the top 2 battle is on the rise.
Despite the fact that Serbia managed to win just three of their last 13 games in all competitions, Saturday’s throbbing draw with Portugal extended their unbeaten run to six and it will no doubt be desperate to avoid a first 2021 defeat in Baku You should finish a run of four straight draws from home.
Azerbaijan and Serbia have met three times over the years, and this week’s visitors come out on top every time – they have scored 11 goals and conceded only two – and a brace from the former Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic helped Serbia to a 4-1 win over their opponents in a friendly game in 2015.
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Azerbaijan, as expected, have made a number of changes for the weekend friendly, with the Mahammadaliyev and Medvedev duo returning despite their unfortunate involvement in the decisive goal against Portugal.
Sheydaev will hope to get another start after scoring against Qatar, however Ali Ghorbani should return to the squad this week and will fight his teammate for a chance to lead the Azerbaijani attack.
In the meantime, visitors are forced to change their defenses Nikola Milenkovic received his order to march against Portugal, and Stojkovic saw it too Milos Veljkovic Return to Werder Bremen after adductor problems.
Feyenoord’s Uros Spajic is therefore the most likely candidate to be in the background and Stojkovic could opt to shuffle the pack further after his halftime substitutions paid off on Saturday.
Nemanja Maksimovic and Nemanja Radonjic – The latter provided the support for Kostic’s compensation – both were introduced for the second 45 and were able to earn starts here while Dusan Vlahovic‘s place above is also threatened by Luka Jovic.
Azerbaijan possible starting line-up:
Mahammadaliyev; Medvedev, B. Huseynov, Badalov, Kryvotsiuk; A. Huseynov, Mustafayev, Makhmudov, Salahly; Emreli, Sheydaev
Serbia possible starting line-up:
Dmitrovic; Pavlovic, Spajic, Mitrovic; Lazovic, Maksimovic, Milinkovic-Savic, Radonjic; Tadic; Mitrovic, Jovic
We say: Azerbaijan 0-2 Serbia
The signs are overwhelmingly positive for Serbia after two games and Stojkovic has plenty of options from the bench as he looks to let his players bang at the top for the final game of the month. Azerbaijan deserves praise for its outstanding performance against Portugal, but trust in the visitor camp is high and we support Serbia to stay on top with a convincing win in Baku.
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