SER vs POR Dream11: Portugal began their World Cup European Qualification campaign with a win, however Fernando Santos’ men will have been disappointed to have only beaten Azerbaijan by one goal to nil at home. Despite recording 29 shots, it was an own goal that separated the two sides and Portugal simply have to improve their potency going forward should they wish to maintain their 100% record in Group A away at Serbia. The hosts are coming off the back of a thrilling 3-2 victory over Republic of Ireland and won’t fear their opponents with home advantage in their favour.
Date: 28 March, Sunday
Time: 1:15 AM (IST)
Venue: Stadion Rajko Mitic, Beograd
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Serbia – D-W-D-D-W
Portugal – D-W-L-W-W
Head-to-head (last sixmeetings)
SER Wins- 00
POR Wins– 03
Injury Report and Unavailability: Serbia have no injury concerns going into Saturday’s match. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Filip Kostic, who were rested against the Republic of Ireland, are expected to start the game.
Expected changes and Strategy: Filip Kostic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic are both in line for recalls to the engine room.
Serbia Starting XI (Likely)
Injury Report and Unavailability: Portugal will be without defenders Pepe and Raphael Guerreiro. Nuno Mendez is expected to start at left-back in Guerreiro’s absence. Rui Patricio is also sidelined with an injury.
Expected changes and Strategy: Both Bruno Fernandes and Joao Felix came off the bench against Azerbaijan and are expected to start here. Danilo Pereira, who was absent midweek, is also expected to feature as are Diogo Jota and Joao Felix.
Portugal Starting XI (Likely)
SER vs POR Dream11 Fantasy Football Tips
Cristiano Ronaldo: Ronaldo has 23 goals and a total of 44 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 49.41%. He had a total of 38 big chances. He has a total of 3 assists, 19 key passes and he created a total of 42 chances.
Aleksandr Mitrovic: Mitrovic has 2 goals and a total of 6 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 31.86%. He had a total of 3 big chances. He has a total of 0 assists, 8 key passes and he created a total of 5 chances.
X-factors, differential picks
Dusan Tadic: Tadic has 13 goals and a total of 25 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 46.12%. He had a total of 16 big chances. He has a total of 1 assists, 18 key passes (these are passes leading to a shot on goal) and he created a total of 23 chances.
Goalkeeper: Anthony Lopes
Defenders: Strahinja Pavlovic, Joao Cancelo, Nuno Mendes, Ruben Dias
Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Filip Kostic, Dusan Tadic
Attackers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Aleksandr Mitrovic
Serbia’s rearguard is there to be breached, but the quality that the hosts possess at the other end of the pitch is unquestionable. Portugal could and definitely should have scored more against Azerbaijan had Mahammadaliyev not played a blinder, and while Santos’s men cannot expect to cruise to victory this weekend, we are backing the visitors to scrape a narrow win and leapfrog their opponents in the table. In our SER vs POR Today Match Prediction odds, we back for a 2-1 win for Portugal in this match.