Serbia vs Scotland: Betting tips, predictions, odds and match preview
Scotland are one win away from the European Championships but a Sergej Milkinovic-Savic led Serbia stand in their way on Thursday night.
Serbia vs Scotland: Predictions
Having not played at a major international tournament since 1998, the Nations League third tier has allowed Scotland to progress as far as the play-offs for Euro 2020 and after overcoming Israel on penalties last month they now head to Belgrade looking for a famous and pivotal victory in order to progress.
Steve Clarke’s men have reason to be optimistic too, as that penalty win over Israel clearly boosted confidence as the Tartan Army backed it up with consecutive 1-0 wins over Slovakia and the Czech Republic in the Nations League, stretching their unbeaten run to eight matches.
That kind of form is certainly stronger than Serbia’s, although it’s worth noting that Orlovi have faced some more difficult opposition in their run, being in the higher Nations League division. They needed extra-time to beat Norway in the last round of these play-offs meaning they haven’t won any of their last six matches in normal time
The hosts remain favourites however and on paper, they do appear to have more quality through the likes of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic, so Scotland will have to be at their absolute best to earn a famous win here.
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Serbia vs Scotland: Stats
Under 3.5 goals have been scored in three of Serbia’s last four games and in each of Scotland’s last five games. The Tartan Army’s last qualifier ended goalless after 90 minutes and we expect another tense, low-scoring affair here with the hosts’ superior quality edging them out for the win.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is the star turn of this Serbian outfit and has found the net three times in his last two matches, two of which came in the win over Norway in the last round.
Serbia vs Scotland: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Serbia 2-1 Scotland
Serbia vs Scotland: Head to Head
08 Sep 2012 – Scotland 0-0 Serbia (FIFA World Cup)
26 Mar 2013 – Serbia 2-0 Scotland (FIFA World Cup)
These two teams have met only twice before, in their two fixtures during the qualifying period for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with Serbia having the better of those games.
After a goalless draw at Hampden Park in the first ever meeting between the two sides, Orlovi ran out 2-0 winners on home soil six months later with midfielder Filip Djuričic scoring two of his four international goals thus far in that game.