Sports Mole gives a preview of the playoff clash between Serbia and Scotland for qualifying for Euro 2020 on Thursday, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Scotland On Thursday they will face one of the biggest games in their entire history Serbia in one Euro 2020 Playoff finals.
Steve ClarkeThe men fought past Israel on penalties in the semi-finals, while Serbia faced Norway in extra time to play the duel in Belgrade.
Scotland has not qualified for a major tournament since 1998. The following 22 years had very little to upset fans about.
Thanks to the change in the format of the European Championship, the teams now have the opportunity to qualify through the back door and Scotland would like to take this opportunity with both hands.
A tumultuous affair with Israel at Hampden Park ended goalless after 120 minutes, but Clarke’s men held their nerve in the shootout to advance 5-3 on site.
Scotland hit form at the perfect time, with one of seven wins in an undefeated eight-game run going back to October 2019.
Not since September 1976, when he went down nine without a loss Willie OrmondHave the Tartan Army enjoyed a better run.
They have also played clean three times in a row and this could prove to be key to their hopes of qualifying for the newly scheduled Euro 2020 finals on Thursday night too.
Serbia are unbeaten in their two previous meetings with Scotland, drew 0-0 and won 2-0 in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
Unlike Scotland, however, Serbia is not in the best shape in this competition. They have only won one of their last six in all competitions – that victory over Norway.
Never before have the Eagles reached the European Championship finals as an independent nation, which is a chance to make some history this week.
Both teams may have a few Nations League games ahead of them, but it’s fair to say that this is the only game that really matters.
Serbia Form (all competitions): DLDWLD
Scotland form (all competitions): WDWWWW
Scotland will be without Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley for their trip to Belgrade after both players were eliminated from the squad with injuries.
Fraser’s absence could mean Ryan Christie Partner striker Lyndon Dykeswho has scored twice in five international matches.
Kieran Tierney is available again for Clarke’s men and is likely to join Scott McKenna and Scott McTominay in a back three.
midfield player John McGinn He also wants to build on a return of six goals and an assist in four qualifying games for the European Championship.
Serbia is waiting for officials to give the green light to their Serie A contingent play a role due to coronavirus restrictions.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who scored twice against Norway in the last round, has teamed up with his teammates and should therefore be able to start freely.
Co-attacker Aleksandar Mitrovic scored 10 goals in the Euro qualification – only behind Harry Kane (12), Cristiano Ronaldo and Eran Zahavi (11 each).
Milos Veljkovic and Filip Djuricic however, it will definitely not matter as the latter will test positive for coronavirus.
Serbia possible starting line-up:
Dmitrovic; Milenkovic, Pavlovic, Kolarov; Lazovic, Maksimovic, Gudelj, Ristic; Tadic, Milinkovic-Savic; Mitrovic
Scotland possible starting line-up:
Marshall; McTominay, McKenna, Tierney; O’Donnell, McGinn, Jack, McGregor, Robertson; Christie, levees
We say: Serbia 2-1 Scotland
Scotland are entering this game in better shape than Serbia but are still considered an underdog as they aim to reach their first tournament final in 23 years.
The hosts have a lot of firepower in their ranks, not least in the form of Mitrovic and Milinkovic-Savic, and we can see that will make all the difference on Thursday.
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