Portugal, being the reigning champion of Europe, should be the favourite to win the first place in the Group B but they didn’t exactly make a name for themselves so far. Serbia didn’t excel either and they won once, drew once and lost once, while Portugal played just two matches and drew both of them. In the meantime Portugal won the League of Nations, while the first match between the two teams in the second round had ended as a 1-1 draw.
Serbia has shown two different faces in these qualifications and its results followed the pattern. They draw the first away match played in Portugal 1-1 which was a great result considering the strength of their opponents and the fact that they played away. Carried by the success the Serbs hoped that draw they can repeat everything in another difficult away match in Ukraine, but instead they suffered a real debacle. They lost by even 5-0; the result definitely shocked them up and significantly reduced their chance to win at least second place in the end.
They managed to pull themselves together a bit and didn’t allow Lithuania to surprise them at home. They won by 4-1 where striker A. Mitrovic scored two goals and remind us on his excellent performances in the League of Nations. The Serbs didn't even enjoy support from the stands in that match because of the UEFA punishment, which made the victory even more valuable. It should be added that Serbia has a new manager since Ljubisa Tumbakovic replaced Mladen Krstajic this summer. He has problems with players that are out of shape, like Matic and Jovic, who could stay on the bench in this match.
Portugal has played only two qualifiers and since they didn’t win it is clear that they cannot be satisfied. The problem is that both times they played at home against the biggest rivals in the Group B, Ukraine and Serbia. They couldn’t score against the Ukrainians since the opponent's goalkeeper had his day. Match with Serbia was a slightly different and it ended sa 1-1 draw, which is why the reigning European champions are now under pressure. In the meantime the Portuguese won the first ever League of Nations but that doesn’t automatically qualifies them for the European Championship.
They were the hosts the League of Nations final tournament and they won Switzerland 3-1 in the semi-finals and the Netherlands 1-1 in the final. Ronaldo was in the team, who didn’t play in the group stage and is now of course the biggest star of his team. He is not the only one as young Joao Felix is in excellent form and the two of them make the striking duo on which the Portuguese build optimism. The rest of the team is also very strong and they excel at all positions. Stopper Pepe is injured and he will not play in Belgrade.
Both teams face problems and will be under pressure in this match. Serbia plays at home where is always additionally inspired so we expect to score a goal, which doesn’t mean that will defend themselves. The Portuguese are very strong in attack and we should see goals on both sides of the pitch.
Bet Type: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 1.83 at
Stake: 2% bankroll (40 Units)
Date/Time: 07-Sep-2019 20:45 CET
Event Result: 2:4(0:1)
Profit: +33.20 Units