Serbia have been impressive during 2018 World Cup qualifying so far and we fully expect them to take advantage of a Gareth Bale-less Wales at the Red Star Stadium on Sunday night…
Wales are winless in 5 meetings with Serbia – Drawn 1, Lost 4
Dusan Tadic has scored 6 goals in his last 8 internationals
Both teams scored in 11 of Serbia’s past 13 home games
Sunday 11th June – 7.45pm
Serbia v Wales
Serbia To Win
@ 3 / 4
How The Teams Have Fared
Serbia start the day at the top of Group D of qualifying after taking eleven points from their five games and they are a tough nut to crack on home soil as they have lost just one of the past nine internationals at home (won five, drawn three), with only European champions Portugal winning there during that time.
Serbia are a best price 3/4 for the win (Paddy Power) and they are decent value to come out on top in what could be an entertaining game as both teams have found the net in eleven of their past thirteen home games, including in the last six in a row.
The Serbia win and both teams to score combined is available at 18/5 (Bet Victor) but the only caveat to that is our concern over where the goals are going to come from for Wales, who are missing the talismanic figure of Bale through suspension.
Bale has scored four of Wales’s eight goals during a disappointing qualifying campaign that has seen them take seven points from five games (won one, drawn four) and Chris Coleman may well set his team up to play for a point, particularly as Wales were thrashed 6-1 when they last visited Serbia in 2012.
Wales don’t always travel particularly well though as they are winless in five away games and an inexperienced squad that includes five uncapped players could be overwhelmed by a couple of players who will be well known to fans of British football.
Newcastle United’s Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored four goals in his last three World Cup qualifiers and he is 19/4 to be first goalscorer, although the value could lie with Dusan Tadic, who is 17/2 to score first (BetVictor.com).
The Southampton star has scored four and set up seven of Serbia’s twelve goals in qualifying and the man who takes his country’s penalties has notched six goals in his last eight internationals.
First Goalscorer Odds:
Posted: Thursday, 8th June 2017
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