SER vs UKR Dream11: It’s all to play for Serbia in the last round of Euro 2020 qualifiers as they host Ukraine at Red Star Stadium, aiming to win the game and hope Portugal lose their match against Luxembourg. That is the only way they can earn the sought-after berth at Euro going to be held in 12 different countries next summer.
That said, not only Serbia entertain the Group B leaders who are yet to lose a game in the qualification round of Euro 2020, but they will also be fighting against the history as they have never beaten Ukraine home or away, with the latter winning the last five encounters.
Group B scenarios:
Ukraine are already through to the next round, or to Euro 2020, to be precise. They are unbeaten having won six times in seven games, with the only draw coming away at Portugal, the home of current Euro champions. That’s not a bad result by any stretch of the imagination.
Serbia, meanwhile, need to win the game at all costs to stand a chance of playing in Euro 2020. But Portugal will qualify with a win against Luxembourg irrespective of the result between Ukraine and Serbia.
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Competition: UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Match Timing: November 17, @ 07:30 PM
Match Venue: Red Star Stadium
It has been a story of near misses for Serbia in the Euro 2020 qualification, but the back door is still open for them. They have to win this game, as simple as that. But they have to perform way better than what they managed against Luxembourg in the last round.
However, despite Ukraine heading into this match on a good form, almost every betting agency is predicting a 1-0 win for Serbia. There is a valid reason here as Ukraine are depleted by the injuries and suspension, and another big factor could be that they are already qualified as group winners.
Serbia to win: 19/20 (1.95) – Probability 51.28%
A 0-0 draw: 9/10 (1.90) – Probability 52.63%
Ukraine to win: 16/5 (4.2) – Probability 23.81%
Serbia’s striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is an odds-on favorite to open the scoring in this match. (Anytime to score 1/1)
Dusan Tadic is expected to win the man of the match. (2/3)
Dusan Tadic to make at least two key passes in the match. (1/1)
Dusan Tadic to have at least two shots on target in this match.
Aleksandar Mitrovic to win at least one header in the penalty box.
Luka Milivojevic to receive a yellow card in the match. (1/2)
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to play one key pass in the game and have one shot on target. (1/1)
Andriy Yarmolenko is the most likely man to score the goal for Ukraine.
Serbia will go into their do-or-die game without Filip Kostic and Milan Pavkov.
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is not with the squad having overlooked by the manager. Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic is expected to partner Nemanja Maksimovic in the heart of the midfield as a result.
Aleksandar Kolarov was shoehorned as a center-back and that could be the case here as Serbia boss Ljubisa Tumbakovic looks not to flirt with the winning combination here.
Goalkeeper: Marko Dmitrović, Predrag Rajković, Emil Rockov
Defenders: Aleksandar Kolarov, Nikola Maksimović, Nikola Milenković, Uroš Spajić, Filip Mladenović, Milan Rodić, Nemanja Milunović, Marko Gobeljić, Nemanja Miletić
Midfielders: Dušan Tadić, Adem Ljajić, Luka Milivojević, Filip Đuričić, Nemanja Gudelj, Nemanja Maksimović, Mijat Gaćinović, Nemanja Radonjić, Sergej Milinković-Savić, Saša Lukić
Forwards: Aleksandar Mitrović, Andrija Pavlović, Đorđe Despotović
Ukraine team news:
Oleksandr Zinchenko is out injured and will be watching the match from the stands as do Marlos Bonfin and Moraes, with the duo recovering from injuries.
In addition, defensive midfielder Taras Stepanenko will be serving the 2nd of his two-game ban here.
Ukraine to choose from:
Goalkeeper: Andriy Pyatov, Andriy Lunin, Yuriy Pankiv
Defenders: Mykola Matviyenko, Oleksandr Karavayev, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Eduard Sobol, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Serhiy Bolbat, Ihor Plastun, Artem Shabanov
Midfielders: Andriy Yarmolenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Viktor Kovalenko, Roman Bezus, Viktor Tsyhankov, Vitaliy Buyalskyi, Yevhen Shakhov, Volodymyr Shepelyev, Marian Shved, Dmytro Ivanisenya
Forwards: Artem Besyedin, Roman Yaremchuk
Serbia vs Ukraine predicted playing 11:
Serbia: Dmitrovic (GK), Mladenovic, Kolarov, Nikola Maksimovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Nemanja Maksimovic, Luka Milivojevic, Adem Ljajic, Milinkovic-Savic, Dusan Tadic, Aleksandr Mitrovic
Ukraine: Pyatov (GK), Bolbat, Karavaev, Matvyenko, Sobol, Kovalenko, Sydorchuk, Bezus, Tsygankov, Yarmolenko, Besedin
Serbia are expected to get at least a point out of this match.