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Preview: Serbia vs. Russia – prediction, crew information, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Nations League clash between Serbia and Russia, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Serbia host Russia by doing UEFA Nations League on Wednesday evening in the hope of reaching the end of League B Group 3 and avoiding relegation.

Russia have been without a win in their last five internationals but could secure first place in the group with an away win.

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Serbia’s hopes of survival in the group of nations are low after a 1-1 draw in Hungary on Sunday.

Marseille winger Nemanja Radonjic opened the score for the guests in the 17th minute, but Hungary Zsolt Kalmar equalized six minutes before half-time.

Serbia couldn’t find a winner in the second half, which means now Ljubisa TumbakovicThe team must win against Russia on Wednesday and hope to score three goals between their game and the other group match between Hungary and Turkey. Serbia are hoping for a home win in this game.

The Eagles had problems in this year’s Nations League, couldn’t win any of their five group games and only scored four goals.

After recently losing to Scotland on penalties and failing to qualify for Euro 2020, Serbia is hoping to end this year on a climax with a win over a deranged Russian side.

Russia's manager Stanislav Cherchesov pictured in September 2020© Reuters

Russia suffered their first Group B defeat in Group B on Sunday evening after an entertaining 3-2 away defeat against Turkey.

Valencia winger Denis Cheryshev opened the scoring 10 minutes after the start of the game, but dismissed the defender Andrei Semyonov seemed to have changed the game when Turkey scored three goals and scored two goals.

Russia managed to withdraw a goal before the hour but failed to score a third, putting them on a par with Hungary on eight points.

Despite being at the top of the group and with another win enough to secure promotion, Stanislav CherchesovThe team have been without a win in the last three Nations League games and have not won any of their previous five international matches in any competition.

The home team beat their opponents 3-1 on Wednesday in September and are hoping for a repeat result if they lead the group and end their poor form.

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Team news

Serbian players celebrate goal against Scotland on November 13, 2020© Reuters

Serbian goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic and Predrag Rajkovic were switched in recent games with the former from Sunday, which could mean Rajkovic will get a start on Wednesday.

captain Alexander Kolarov, who did not play against Hungary on Sunday, is being watched appropriately after his recent return from a muscle injury, although his club Inter Milan would prefer the 35-year-old not to be there.

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is expected to be called back to the starting XI, where Sunday’s goalscorer Nemanja Radonjic could fall on the bench.

Russia defender Vyacheslav Karavaev is likely to be on the starting line-up, replacing the suspended Andrei Semyonov.

goalkeeper Anton Shunin remains paused for visitors, which means Guilherme is ready to keep his starting place in the gate.

Striker Artem Dzyuba is likely to stay out of the first team bill, which could mean Fedor Chalovwho has not yet scored a goal for the national team receives another start.

Serbia possible starting line-up:
Rajkovic; Milenkovic, Spajic, S. Mitrovic; Lazovic, Milinkovic-Savic, Gudelj, Mladenovic; Tadic; Jovic, A. Mitrovic

Russia possible starting line-up:
Guilherme; Karavayev, Dzhikiya, Kudryashov, Zhirkov; Zobnin, Ozdoev; Ionov, An. Miranchuk, Cheryshev; Chalov

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We say: Serbia 1-1 Russia

Russia are unbeaten in their five meetings against Serbia and with promotion in their sights they will believe they have what it takes to get a positive result on Wednesday. However, with Serbia struggling to survive, the home team could make it difficult for the group leaders.

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