Belgium vs Serbia Match Analysis & Prediction
15/11/2023 10:45 pm
Ahead of their returns to Euro 2024 qualifying at the weekend, Belgium and Serbia will convene in an international friendly in Brussels on Wednesday.
The hosts will return to action for the first time since their abandoned game against Sweden in October, having already qualified for next year’s tournament, while Serbia’s bid for qualification rests on Sunday’s encounter with Bulgaria.
Belgium’s last home game against Sweden last month was brought to an end at halftime following the tragic shooting of two civilians near the stadium in their capital city.
The two nations were tied at a goal apiece at the time, as Romelu Lukaku had drawn Belgium level from the penalty spot on the hour mark after Viktor Gyokeres’ early opener for the visitors, and it would then be announced that it would be settled as a draw as opposed to being replayed.
Prior to that abandonment, under the new management of Domenico Tedesco following Roberto Martinez’s depature, the Red Devils had already done enough to secure their spot in a third straight European Championship group stage, as they recorded five wins and a draw from their first six qualifying matches, scoring 16 goals along the way while only conceding three at the other end.
Belgium will now aim to return with a home victory on Wednesday before welcoming Azerbaijan for their final qualifying game on Sunday and turning their attention towards next year’s tournament.
Meanwhile, Serbia will head into the first encounter between these sides in 10 years with a more crucial qualifying game to build towards, as they aim to go top of their group in their final match this weekend.
In their bid to reach the European Championship group stage for the first time since the dissolution of Yugoslavia and subsequently Serbia and Montenegro, Serbia sit second in their qualifying group with 13 points on the board from their seven matches, having managed four wins while only suffering two defeats.
Their strong position in the top two is largely courtesy of a 3-1 victory in a crucial encounter with Montenegro last time out at the end of the October round of international games, having gone into the match just two points better off than the third-placed nation and extended that lead through Aleksandar Mitrivic’s brace and Dusan Tadic’s 77th-minute goal.
As a result of that important win, Dragan Stojkovic’s side now lead Montenegro – who boast a game in hand – by five points in qualifying, meaning if the chasing side slip up, or if the Eagles beat bottom nation Bulgaria on Sunday, they will guarantee a spot in next year’s competition in Germany.
Belgium vs. Serbia Head to head
In the six previous meetings between these two teams, Belgium have claimed three victories while Serbia have won two, and they have drawn once.
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Belgium Team News
Belgium’s key midfielder Kevin De Bruyne remains out of action through injury, as does Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Everton’s Amadou Onana will return to contention after missing the Sweden game through suspension, and he could come back into the midfield from the outset alongside Youri Tielemans and Orel Mangala.
Belgium's Last 5 Matches
Serbia Team News
Serbia head coach Dragan Stojkovic will be without a key midfielder as Al Hilal’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is sidelined by injury.
In his absence, Sasa Lukic and Nemanja Gudelj may again partner up in midfield, while their line will be led by Al Hilal star Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Serbia's Last 5 Matches
Belgium vs. Serbia: Odds and Predictions
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