Preview - Serbia vs Montenegro 17 November 18

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Uefa Nations League C Group 4
Serbia vs Montenegro
Saturday, November 17th, 2018
22:00pm (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Red Star Stadium

Last five matches form: L W D W D
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.40
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.80
Top Scorer: Aleksandar Mitrović (21)

Last five matches form: L D W L W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.00
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.20
Top Scorer: Fatos Bećiraj (9)

Two nations who were formerly joined as one lock horns for only the second time in their brief history this weekend as Serbia play host to Montenegro in the UEFA Nations League.

Having come out pretty comfortably on top when winning 2-0 in Montenegro in the reverse fixture it will be Serbia who will start as firm favourites in this game.

With just one point separating the sides though there will be no shortage of motivation for the two sides. A win for Serbia would leave them only needing to avoid defeat in their final fixture in order to achieve promotion, whilst victory for Montenegro would put them atop the table and in the box seat.

Serbia do have a couple of significant injury concerns, with both goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic and midfield man Sergej Milinkovic-Savic set to miss out. Montenegro have also been hit on the injury front though, with key players Stefan Savic and Stevan Jovetic ruled out along with Filip Stojkovic.

Serbia looked the class of this Group at the time it was put together, and whilst they have struggled to really assert their superiority, they do look a significantly better side than Montenegro. The main difference comes up top where Aleksandar Mitrović and the emerging talent that is Luka Jovic  can be expected to give the visitors defence significant headaches.

Prediction: Serbia 3 - 1 Montenegro


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  11 - 9
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 - 4
Possession: 52% - 48%

Stefan Mugosa, Marko Simic, Boris Kopitovic and Marko Jankovic were all booked for Montenegro, with the referee also taking the names of Mijat Gacinovic and Nemanja Mati of Serbia.

In a back and forth opening to the game it was Serbia who took the lead when striking on the counter attack on the half hour mark. Excellent ball from Dusan Tadic to play in Adem Ljajic. Ljacic beating the outrushing keeper and finding the bottom right corner from just inside the area.

Then just two minutes later the home side doubled their advantage. Aleksandar Kolarov sending in a low cross from the left-hand side to be met towards the near post y Aleksandar Mitrovic who provided a superb first time volleyed finish into the top left.

Serbia were handed the chance to make it three in the 38th minute through what looked something of a soft penalty kick. Perhaps justice was done in a way as Mitrovic sent his attempted "Panenka" high and over the bar. 2-0 at the break.

Montenegro then found themselves with a lifeline with twenty minutes left on the clock. Nebojsa Kosovic teeing up Stefan Mugosa around the penalty spot and Mugosa finishing well into the top left corner.

Montenegro couldn't claw it back though as Serbia held on for the win.

This defeat effectively ends any meaningful interest Montenegro have in the UEFA Nation League this season. With one game still to play they now can't win the group, but nor can they be relegated. It is Serbia who are now in the box seat to top the table. A win at home against a pointless Lithuania side will ensure their promotion, regardless of what happens in the Montenegro vs Romani game.

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