Wales vs Serbia by DamirJ
Wales is coming into this game from a defeat last Friday away from home against FYR Macedonia as they were defeated with a 2:1 result. Although they lost the chances of qualifying to the World Cup long time ago, their mathematical chances are gone now with a defeat in Skopje, which was fully deserved.
Home side entered the game way better and took the lead with a goal from Trickovski in 21st minute, while Ramsey equalized via penalty kick in 39th minute. Interesting enough, shoot from Ramsey was the only shoot on the goal from visitors while the home side secured their victory with a goal from Trajkovski ten minutes before the full time whistle. With only six points earned out of seven matches, there is no doubt that the Welsh side will use the rest of the matches to test some players and figure out their best squad for the next qualifying stages. Their best player Gareth Bale will not start the game, as he has some fitness concerns, while Wales's captain Ashley Williams is suspended. Midfielder Jonathan Williams also missed out with a injury, while defender Ricketts is doubtful.
Serbia, on the other side, is coming from a 1:1 draw against Croatia last Friday at home, also losing out their chances of getting the World Cup ticket in any way. With a 2-2-4 record from eight matches, they are only third in the group and will probably try to get that position to improve their morale at least a bit, although they'll also use the rest of the matches to find their right squad for next qualifiers.
Serbs were a bit better in a match against Croats, going stronger into the game, but didn't use some of their chances while the visitors stood great in the defense and simply looked like much more experienced side. Visitors took the lead in 53rd minute, but the hosts replied thirteen minutes later, leaving the stadium with a man less as Matic got red carded and will be suspended for the tonight's game. Winger Tosic and striker Mitrovic are absent being suspended too, while offensive midfielder Sulejmani got injured in the previous game. Moreover, central defender Subotic withdrew from squad with personal reasons and won't be the part of the team till the end of this year.
Even though neither of the side is performing well at the moment, Serbia still showed something more during the qualifying rounds. They won Wales in the first match with a 6:1 score back in Serbia and are surely at least slight favorites to get the victory again. Their performance against Croatia wasn't that bad at all and with a bit of luck this can turn out to be much easier victory for the visitors than most of people expect.