Serbia vs Wales by DamirJ
Serbia is entering the second round match after a goalless draw against Scotland on the road. They didn't manage to make a small surprise and come back with all three points, but neither the players looked like the tactics were set to get the three points there. Although both sides had their opportunities to score a goal, it could be said that the draw was a realistic result.
Another slow and boring display from Serbian side was seen, as they have extended non-winning run to six matches, while they scored only one goal in these previous six matches. With such results, pressure is increased on the newly installed coach Mihajlovic (0-2-3 record at the start) to invite back more experienced players, especially in the attacking part of the team - as making of real goalscoring chances remain the biggest worry. Winger Krasic and defensive midfielder Kuzmanovic are injured for this clash, while Fejsa is expected to start from the beginning at the defensive midfielder position, as he impressed against Scotland.
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Wales is coming to Serbia after a 0:2 loss in the first round of the qualifying stage to Belgium at home. They couldn't resist to much favored Belgiums, but it must be said that the red card from Collins in the twenty sixth minute of the game when he was sent off, turned the game completely in the Belgium favor and it was much easier for them to earn the victory with goals from Kompany and Vertonghen.
It was fourth consecutive loss for them with three previous losses being earned in friendly matches (Costa Rica, Mexico and Bosnia were better than them). More worrying is that they didn't score a single goal in those four matches completing 375 minutes without a goal with new national coach Chris Coleman. Guests do have some problems in the squad for this game as defender Collins is suspended, while the main goalkeeper Hennessy and Vaughan, defensive midfielder are injured.
Serbia is not to be trusted these days even against much weaker sides than the one whose players are mostly playing in Premiership and Championship in England. Hosts are in need of a victory, but the pressure is increased at the players and no matter what, they simply lack real attacking play. Team that didn't manage to win in previous six matches (five matches under the new coach) is not to be trusted at all. Especially not while looking so clueless in attack. Slow match, with low number of goals, if any, is most probably scenario of this game.
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