Kick-off: 1945, 12/11/2020
Stadium: Rajko Mitic Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Scotland have drawn the short straw in the Euro 2020 play-off finals by having to visit Serbia but travel in fine spirits following a fine run of results.
Their hosts can call on a number of top-class individuals, but have been inconsistent in recent times and could be worth taking on at the odds on offer.
We like 19/10 for the Tartan Army to qualify and reach a first major tournament since 1998 for our initial Serbia vs Scotland prediction.
A Look At Serbia’s Betting Odds
Serbia will admittedly be hard to beat if reproducing the form which saw them edge out Norway 2-1 in extra-time in Oslo.
Both of those goals were scored by Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who has been linked with a move to several major European clubs.
Head coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic has other high-profile performers at his disposal, including Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham up front.
Defender Aleksandar Kolarov, currently with Inter Milan, and Ajax playmaker Dusan Tadic are others to watch out for in a strong squad.
However, the Eagles could only manage third place behind Ukraine and Portugal in their qualifying group, picking up just one point from home games against those sides.
In fact, Serbia have failed to win any of their last six matches in normal time, since only just shading lowly Luxembourg 3-2 at this venue a year ago.
Hungary beat them 1-0 here in the Nations League last month, before the Eagles let slip a 2-0 lead when drawing in Turkey.
Looking at the Serbia vs Scotland odds, we think 11/10 for the visitors to avoid defeat in normal time is a good option.
A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds
Scotland have not qualified for the finals of this competition since Euro 96 and their fanatical fans have suffered repeated heartbreaks over the past couple of decades.
However, Steve Clarke has instilled a winning mentality into the current squad, with six victories claimed in an eight-match unbeaten run.
Beating the Czech Republic at home and away in the Nations League must give the Scots confidence of pulling off an upset in Belgrade.
Admittedly, last month’s penalty shoot-out triumph over Israel in the play-off semis came after a pretty drab goalless stalemate, but a clutch of withdrawals due to coronavirus issues didn’t help.
We like this Scotland set-up, which features a number of characters willing to roll their sleeves up and do the dirty work.
Liverpool full-back Andrew Robertson and Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay are among many players who won’t go down without a fight.
Aston Villa’s John McGinn adds a touch of creative flair and is always capable of scoring crucial goals.
Let’s take a punt on the visitors to prevail 1-0 at 19/2 for our final Serbia vs Scotland prediction.
Turkey 2-2 SERBIA – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Aleksandar Mitrovic
SCOTLAND 1-0 Czech Republic – Ryan Fraser
Head-to-head: Serbia 2-0 Scotland, Scotland 0-0 Serbia
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