Sports Mole previews Sunday’s UEFA Nations League clash between Serbia and Hungary, including team news and predicted lineups.
Serbia and Hungary Both want to build on the victories in the European playoff semi-finals when the two teams lock their horns in the Nations League on Sunday evening.
The hosts are without a win in the 2020-21 edition after two games, while Hungary lost to Russia and defeated Turkey in September.
Serbia needed additional time to record a 2-1 win over Norway in the playoff semi-finals of the European Championship Sergej Milinkovic-Savic the hero of the hour after falling off the bench on Thursday evening to pack braces for his team.
Ljubisa TumbakovicThe team must overcome one final hurdle in the form of Scotland before they can look forward to their first appearance at the European finals since 2000. However, Serbia needs to quickly focus on the upcoming Nations League games against Hungary and Turkey’s playoff finals next month for now.
Serbia, which was promoted to League B from the 2018/19 season, has been warmly welcomed to the above-mentioned league and will look for its first win on Sunday’s third attempt. Tumbakovic’s men lose to Russia and draw with Turkey last month.
Unless the Eagles change their fortunes in October, Serbian believers will undoubtedly be worried about an immediate return to League C, although their dramatic win over Norway should give Tumbakovic’s side a lot of encouragement before they face a Hungarian side, too their performance during the week.
As in Serbia, Hungary can look forward to a playoff final in European qualifying after beating Bulgaria in the Path A semifinals.
Marco RossiThe men marched to a 3-1 win on Thursday evening to face Iceland in the November playoff final. Hungary was still on its way to reaching the European Championship for the second time in a row.
However, before Rossi’s side can look forward to next month’s showdown, they must first seek a quick turnaround in the fixtures to put pressure on current leaders Russia in Group B3.
Hungary lost 3-2 to the current leaders in September, but the Magyars also managed to claim a hard-fought 1-0 win against Turkey Dominik Szoboszlai Catch the winner in this game.
Sunday’s showdown is the first meeting of the two teams since Serbia’s independence. Hungary suffered a 5-0 defeat in the last clash against FR Yugoslavia in 1997.
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Serbia captain Alexander Kolarov He received his marching orders at the Nations League’s most recent clash with Turkey and will be serving a one-game suspension for that game.
As a result, Milos Veljkovic Milinkovic-Savic will certainly start in the duel with Norway after his match cameo appearance.
Adam Ljajic, Luka Milivojevic and Nemanja Radonjic are all options for change should Tumbakovic try to freshen things up with little time between games.
As for Hungary, Nemanja Nikolic will take the lead for a start after his goal against Bulgaria but it’s hard to see Adam Szalai drop on the bench.
Rossi only has a few days to recover between games and may be trying to brush things up with the inclusions of Daniel Gazdag and New year ant from the first whistle.
Serbia possible starting line-up:
Dmitrovic; S. Mitrovic, Veljkovic, Milenkovic; Lazovic, Maksimovic, Milivojevic, Radonjic; Milinkovic-Savic, Tadic; A. Mitrovic
Hungary possible starting line-up:
Gulacsi; Attila Szalai, Lang, Orban; Nego, great, rich, ant; Sallai, Nikolic; Adam Szalai
We say: Serbia 2-1 Hungary
Both teams should feel confident about getting into this game after their midweek playoff wins and that should make for an entertaining proposition, although numerous changes can be expected on either end. However, Hungary will have to do without their star Szoboszlai and we expect Serbia to start with a narrow win in the Nations League 2020-21 on Sunday.
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