Slovenia vs Serbia Preview: Balkan Derby In a Quest For Essential Three Points

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
18 June 2024, 15:49

Slovenia vs Serbia

The upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 match between Slovenia and Serbia is set to take place at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. This Group C encounter is crucial for both teams as they seek to secure points to advance to the knockout stages. Slovenia and Serbia both had mixed results in their opening matches, with Slovenia drawing 1-1 against Denmark and Serbia losing 1-0 to England. The match promises to be a tightly contested affair, with both teams showcasing decent defensive and offensive capabilities. Slovenia will look to capitalise on their solid performance, especially in the second half against Denmark. On the other hand, Serbia, despite their loss to England, will aim to bounce back. Slovenia vs Serbia odds slightly favour Serbia, but Slovenia's resilience could make for an unpredictable and exciting match. 

Slovenia Team News

Slovenia enters this match with a sense of cautious optimism following their 1-1 draw against Denmark. The team showed great character, with Erik Janza scoring the equaliser after an emotional goal from Denmark's Christian Eriksen. Slovenia's defence, marshalled by Jan Oblak, one of the world's top goalkeepers, will be crucial in keeping Serbia's attack at bay. The team also boasts a promising young striker in Benjamin Šeško, who has been in fine form for RB Leipzig and despite not scoring against Denmark, had several solid chances. However, Slovenia vs Serbia prediction will consider the fact that the team faces some injury concerns, with doubts over midfielders Benjamin Verbič and Sandi Lovrić, as well as defenders Petar Stojanović and Miha Blažič. Most importantly, Slovenians have to fix their weak display in the first halves of matches. Once again, during the first 45 minutes, Denmark totally outplayed them and if not for luck and Oblak, the score could have been different.

Serbia Team News

Serbia, on the other hand, will be looking to recover from their narrow 1-0 defeat to England. The team struggled to find the back of the net in their opening match, and Dragan Stojković is keen to address this issue. Dušan Vlahović and Dušan Tadić, key performers in the attack are yet to make their statement on the tournament and open their account and are eager to breakthrough in the upcoming match. At the same time, the team has shown potential in their defensive setup but will need to be more cohesive to prevent Slovenia from exploiting any gaps. In this regard, after keeping Harry Kane, Phil Phoden and Bukayo Saka at bay, Serbia's defence looks ready to challenge Slovenia's attacking prowess.  

Slovenia vs Serbia Prediction

First Half Total Over 1

The first time of the upcoming match is set to define the course of the match and potentially, the course of the both teams’ aspirations for the rest of the tournament. Slovenia is eager to rehabilitate from their recent weak displays in the first half and secure an advantage as early as possible. In this regard, the team’s last 9 consecutive matches saw at least one goal in the first half. Serbia, from its side, has no right to lose another match, and will do its best to lead the score as soon as possible. Statistics, in this instance, are quite favourable for the Eagles, as the team scored 7 goals in its last 6 official matches’ first halves. This outcome can be picked at 1.89 at MrPlay.

Both Teams to Score

Both teams have quite prolific attacking capabilities with top players from European leagues spearheading their respective attacks. In the case of Serbia, prior to the match against England, the last official game when the team left the pitch without a single goal happened in the first match of 2022 World Cup against Brazil (2-0). Slovenia, on the other hand, saw both teams on the scoresheet in the last 4 out of 5 their matches. Moreover, the last two head-to-heads between the two also speak for themselves (2-2, 4-1). This Slovenia vs Serbia tip comes at 1.81 at MrPlay.

Benjamin Šeško to Score

Having several solid chances in the match against Denmark, Šeško is yet to score his first goal in the Euro. His ability to find chances out of nothing was seen even in the first half of the first match, where Slovenia’s display was far from perfect. Serbia, from its side, may underestimate the opponent after a hard match against England and given that the team is in dire need of three points, may prioritise attack, leaving exploitable spaces at the back. Moreover, the 21-years-old Slovenian has already scored against the Eagles in their latest head-to-head match (2-2). Šeško’s goal can be picked up at 4.05 at MrPlay.

Remember to gamble responsibly. Tips provided serve only as a recommendation, not as a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement.