On Saturday night, Serbia and Portugal go head-to-head in Group B of qualifying for Euro 2020. Both teams will fancy their chances of recording a potentially vital victory.
Serbia (Odds of 13/5 for victory)
The home side will have been confident of qualifying for next year’s tournament prior to the campaign beginning. However, they have made an inconsistent start to their campaigns, winning one, drawing one and losing one of their qualifiers so far.
A 4-1 home win over Lithuania last time out ended a three-game winless run in qualifying for the European Championships. The victory was only their third win in their last 13 qualifiers.
Even home advantage has not helped Serbia in qualifying of late, as they have won two, lost three and drawn one of their last six qualifiers on home soil. Their recent home European Championship qualifiers have been high-scoring, with four of their last five matches producing over 2.5 goals.
Serbia have a poor recent record against Portugal, as they have failed to win in three matches, suffering two defeats in the process. Both teams have scored in all three meetings between the two teams, with two of the three matches producing over 2.5 goals. The home side are underdogs to take anything from this clash.
Portugal (Odds of 23/20 for victory)
Portugal have drawn both of their qualifiers for Euro 2020 and currently fourth place in the table, having played fewer games than their group rivals due to playing in the Nations League.
The reigning European champions are currently eight points behind group leaders Ukraine. A win in this clash would kick-start the Selecao’s qualifying campaign.
Fernando Santos’ team are now ten games unbeaten in the international game. They are now nine games undefeated in qualifying for the European Championships.
Portugal won their previous seven qualifiers in their last qualifying campaign prior to drawing the first two Group B matches. Their most recent European Championship qualifiers have been low-scoring, with four of their last five qualifying games.
The visitors have been strong on their travels in qualifying for the European Championships, having gone five games undefeated on their travels, recording four straight victories.
They have also recorded six wins in their last eight away matches in European Championship qualifiers. Their recent away games in qualifiers have been high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in five of their last eight qualifiers.
Serbia have struggled for consistency in European Championship qualifying campaigns in the recent past. They have started their campaign in a similar fashion this time around too.
Portugal started the campaign as favourites to win the group. Santo’s team remain the favourites qualify for Euro 2020 too. The visitors should have enough to defeat the home side in this clash at odds of 23/20. This game could also be high-scoring, with the over 2.5 goals odds of 23/20 looking like decent value.
Verdict: Back the away win at odds of 23/20 and/or 23/20 for over 2.5 goals (all odds from Bet365).
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