Serbia vs. Sweden Prediction, Tips & Odds – Sep. 24, 2022 20:45 CET
Serbia and Sweden meet on Saturday in the match of the fifth round of the UEFA Nations League at the Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade. The start of the match is scheduled for 20:45.
Serbia is currently in second place in the group 4 table, while the Swedes are in third place. The current leader is Norway, and they play against Slovenia in this round in Ljubljana.
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Dragan Stojkovic’s team started this edition of the youngest UEFA competition with a defeat. At their stadium, they lost to the Norwegians 0-1, and the scorer of the winning goal was Erling Haaland.
After that, they registered two important victories. In Belgrade, they routinely beat Slovenia 4-1 and then celebrated away to Sweden 1-0. They ended the June edition with a 2-2 draw against the Slovenians in Ljubljana, although they were leading 2-0 after the first half.
From the beginning of the competition, the head coach of the Serbian Eagles persistently reiterates that Serbia’s main goal is to qualify for League A. Therefore, his players will do their best to beat Sweden on Saturday, and also Norway three days later.
Nemanja Gudelj will not be in the squad for this match due to stomach problems. All other players are healthy, so we expect the strongest starting line-up from the first minute.
On the other hand, the Swedes started this UEFA Nations League season with a win. They beat Slovenia as guests 2-0 and achieved that triumph quite routinely. However, problems followed after that match.
By the end of the June campaign, Janne Andersson’s men had recorded all three defeats, so they will fear for survival in the last two rounds. For them, the clash against Slovenia in the last round is much more important than this duel against Serbia. The winner of that match will probably preserve the status of League B participants in the next season as well.
The main problem of the Swedish coaching staff is the injury of the best striker Alexander Isak, who will most likely miss both matches of the UEFA Nations League. This will make the Swedish attacking line much more harmless, and it remains to be seen who the coach Andresson will choose.
As we already mentioned, Serbia won 1-0 in Solna with a goal by Luka Jovic.
Serbia (3-4-2-1): V. Milinkovic-Savic; Pavlovic, Veljkovic, S. Mitrovic; Lazovic, Lukic, Ilic, Kostic; S. Milinkovic-Savic, Tadic; A. Mitrovic
Švedska (4-4-2): Olsen; Andersson, Lindelof, Hien, Augustinsson; Kulusevski, Olsson, Svanberg, Forsberg; Elanga, Gyokeres
We are of the opinion that the home team will approach this match very seriously, and that they will want to achieve an easy and safe victory. On the other hand, we believe that the duel against Slovenia in the last round is more important to the Swedes than the one against Serbia. Therefore, the guests could save their energy for that clash.
Prediction: Serbia To Win