Serbia U21 vs Ireland U21 by Filipson
Although I kinda wouldn't dare to predict the outcome of these two teams on the senior level that's going to be played today, I am almost 100% sure about this one. This Serbia U21 team has been completely changed in comparison to the last EURO tournament, where they unexpectedly ended as the last in the group. Those were all very talented players, but lacked discipline and simply didn't play as a team. However, coach Sivic has assembled a different squad in these qualifications, consisted mostly of the players who won the U20 World Cup last year, beating Brazil in the finals. These are some extremely talented young guys, like Milinkovic-Savic, Maksimovic, Grujic, and they can easily defeat almost any team in the world if they play like they know and can. They are currently on the 3rd place with 14 points, but after only 7 games played, so they would claim the 2nd place in case of a win. They have the best attack in the group with 18 goals score, even though they've played the least games, and their defence is the 2nd best, having allowed only 4 goals so far. The only defeat came against Slovenia on the road, where they lacked luck a big time, really. The Serbs were really close to getting all 3 points against Italy, but the home soil brought 1 point to the hosts.
I really cannot say that for Ireland U21, as they seem to lack a good coordination between the lines, and I simply donot give them any chances against Serbia U21 on the road. They have 4 wins and 4 defeats, with 11 goals both scored and allowed, which proves what I said above. However, same as the senior team, these young players are physically stronger than the others, and they try to compensate an obvious lack of quality with their strenght, which has brought them some more-less solid results.
This will be their 1st duel in the group, but also their 1st duel ever, and I expect from both sides to be motivated. Still, Serbia U21 has proven with their performances that they deserve to play on the next EURO, and I believe they will show their full potential in this match. Good luck!
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