Serbia stunned European football when they nipped ahead of Portugal in the final seconds of UEFA qualifying to book an automatic spot in Qatar. Our sportsbook is offering the best markets and bonuses for World cup soccer 2022.
Serbia Unbeaten in the Qualifiers
Serbia has been on a brilliant run in the European Qualifiers, with an eight-match unbeaten run, pushing Portugal into the playoffs and earning automatic qualification. It will bank its hopes of attack on Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is the joint third-highest goalscorer in UEFA’s Qualifying campaign with eight goals.
On top of that, Serbia striker Mitrovic netted his 50th international goal as his side outclassed Norway with a 2-0 win to top Nations League B Group 4 and gain promotion to League A. It’s been quite the year for Serbia. It was only a year ago that Serbia suffered the heartbreak of losing to Scotland on penalties which caused them to miss out on the European Championships.
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Dragan Stojkovic’s men aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. The Serbia World Cup 2022 squad is expected to be named in October, and the selection for September’s Nations League fixtures offers a hint at who could be on the plane.
They have one of the best-attacking lines in Europe with Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic and Fulham’s Mitrovic. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Dusan Tadic, and Luka Jovic are shining this season in their domestic leagues and are also expected to be in the starting lineup. On the wing, they have Filip Kostic, the Europa League winner and player of the season who moved from Eintracht Frankfurt to Juventus in the summer transfer window. If you’re betting online, you should always back to find the back of the net no matter the opponent.
While Vlahovic has more top-flight experience, Mitrovic is the nation’s all-time top goalscorer who tends to deliver when it matters most. The side’s midfield general, Sergej Milikovic-Savic is a playmaker of real quality. The-27-year-old Lazio player is arguably entering his peak years as a footballer, and simply put, he probably won’t get a better opportunity to showcase his immense talent on the biggest stage.
While Serbia have reached the semi-finals on two occasions previously as part of the former Yugoslavia, as an independent nation they failed to get out of the group stage in 2006, 2010, and 2018. Serbia’s last appearance was back in 2018 in Russia. For Serbia though, the journey ended in frustration after the group stage losing to Brazil and Switzerland.
World Cup group and expectations
Serbia were drawn into Group G together with Brazil, Switzerland, and Cameroon. While Brazil are expected to top Group G, Serbia will fancy their chances of beating Switzerland and Cameroon to finish second. To do so, they will have to avenge their 2018 World Cup odds defeat to the Swiss, which cost them a place in the Round of 16.
With star quality throughout the team, Serbia look like a very different proposition this time around. They are priced at +600 to win the group and at +120 to qualify in the Round of 16 according to the latest soccer odds.