Portugal to pounce on struggling Serbia in Euro 2016 clash
Portugal welcome Group I strugglers Serbia to Lisbon knowing that a victory could see them leapfrog Denmark into top spot, as they aim to qualify for next year’s Euro 2016 in France.
The hosts, who are 15/4 with Coral to win and both teams to score, currently sit in second place behind the Danish leaders, but a victory would take them two points ahead at the summit.
Serbia, 5/1 to triumph, have stumbled to second bottom of the qualifying group and have now only a single point from three matches following their three-point deduction for the postponed fixture with Albania last year, which ended in bizarre circumstances as a scuffle broke out between fans and players.
Portugal will hope to capitalise on recent exploits, as well as their opponents’ poor form, with the Serbians having been defeated 3-1 by Denmark in their previous outing. Fernando Santos’ side will be confident of toppling Serbia, after securing a win to nil in their last two qualifiers.
However, the visitors have the attacking talent in their ranks that is capable of causing an upset in Lisbon, with top qualifying scorer Zoran Tosic a potential threat. The CSKA Moscow winger is a 9/2 chance to strike anytime in his latest international outing, having netted five club goals this term.
Anderlecht attacker Aleksandar Mitrovic has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League, after his stunning campaign in the Belgian top flight where he has struck 17 goals, including five in his last seven appearances. Serbia’s in-form forward is 7/2 to score anytime.
Despite recent talk of being unsettled in the Spanish capital, Real Madrid maestro Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a sensational 44 goals in 42 appearances this current campaign. The World Player of the Year will be hoping to continue that rampant run for his country and is 3/1 to bag a brace or more.
Sporting Lisbon’s on-loan winger Nani has enjoyed a successful return to his home nation, after securing a season-long loan spell from Manchester United last summer. The out-of-favour Old Trafford wideman has netted 10 times this term and is a 6/1 to open proceedings against Serbia.
Portugal lie just a point adrift of group leaders Denmark, with a triumph over Serbia potentially set to catapult Santos’ men towards qualification. They are available at 13/4 to win both halves of their crucial qualifying encounter in Lisbon.