Serbia vs England Preview: Eagles Against Lions In The First Ever Match Between England and Serbia

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
9 June 2024, 16:36

Serbia vs England

Another Euro 2024 match between Serbia and England is set to take place at the Arena AufSchalke (Veltins-Arena) in Gelsenkirchen. This fixture marks the opening game for both teams in Group C, which also includes Denmark and Slovenia. As the first match of the group stage, it holds significant importance for both sides, and is likely to set the tone for their respective campaigns. England, one of the tournament key favourites, will be looking to make a strong start, while Serbia aims to make a statement in their first European Championship as an independent nation. Given the Serbia vs England odds, the Three Lions enter the match as the clear favourite, given the team's recent form and squad strength that make them formidable opponents, but Serbia's potential cannot be underestimated. The Serbia vs England prediction will take into consideration the latest team developments and potential outcomes.

Serbia Team News

Serbia's journey to Euro 2024 was marked by ups and downs, finishing second in their qualifying group behind Hungary. The Eagles missed out on Euro 2020, losing to Scotland in a playoff and during this qualification they made sure not to repeat the mistake. The team's qualification for Euro 2024 marks a historic moment, as it is their first appearance in the European Championship as an independent nation, with previous attempts of this decade (2000 and 2004) the team participated as the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The Serbian squad, managed by Dragan Stojković, features a mix of experienced players and emerging talents with key players include captain Dušan Tadić, midfield maestro Sergej Milinković-Savić, and prolific forwards Aleksandar Mitrović and Dušan Vlahović. However, despite their attacking prowess, Serbia's defence remains a concern, with no standout quality in the backline. 

England Team News

England, managed by Gareth Southgate, as always, comes into Euro with high expectations following their runner-up finish in Euro 2020. The squad boasts a wealth of talent, including world-class players like Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Declan Rice, and Bukayo Saka, who delivered top performances in the best European teams throughout the season. England's recent form has been impressive, and they are considered one of the leading contenders to win the tournament. However, as it has been the case in recent years, there is a question whether Southgate will manage to exploit this enormous attacking capabilities, or the Three Lions will continue to play unattractive football, once again missing the opportunity to “bring it home”.

Serbia vs England Prediction

England Handicap -1

England quite easily topped its qualification group and while the consistency of the game in some matches were questionable, Southgate seemed to always know when the team needed to strain themselves and in what situations they could loosen up the intensity of the match. The first match of Euro is expected to be the statement of the long lasting critique of the ‘boring’ football that is consistently shown by the English players. Serbia, with its vulnerabilities in defence, can be the best target for it. This Serbia vs England tip can be picked up at 1.78 at MrPlay

Total Goals Over 2.5

With England’s attacking prowess is out of question, given the likes of Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham and others, Serbia is also quite capable of scoring goals, having Mitrović, the second best striker of Saudi Pro League on the top of their attack. Mitrović also possesses the experience of Premier League, where he has scored a total of almost 40 goals. Thus, quite a productive game can be expected from both sides, with the total outcome comes at 1.85 at MrPlay.

First Half Winner - England

One of the most favoured tactics of Gareth Southgate is to get an advantage in the first half and in order to relax and exploit opportunities that turn up in the second 45 minutes. While this sometimes ends in less enthralling second halves, the Three Lions usually show their best, winning the first 45 minutes in 5 out of the last 7 official matches. This tip can be picked up at 2.00 at MrPlay.

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