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Serbia - World Cup Preview

Updated: Jun 10, 2018



This article was written by Hrishikesh Sridhar


History in the World Cup


Having failed to qualify for the last three major tournaments , Serbia have qualified this time around as Group winners. In their most recent appearance at a world cup in 2010, they beat Germany 1-0 but still crashed out at the Group Stage after losing to Ghana and Australia.


Current Form


The Serbians have won 6 , drawn 2 and lost 2 of their last 10 games , scoring 17 and conceding 8. However , they arrive in Russia with a new manager,Mladen Krstajic who has only been in charge for two friendlies after Slavoljub Muslin, who was in charge of their successful qualification campaign was sacked. It remains to be seen if the new manager has had enough time to assess the squad and whether he knows who his best 11 are.


Squad


Manager -


Goalkeepers – Marko Dmitrovic, Predrag Rajkovic, Vladimir Stojkovic


Defenders – Dusan Basta, Branislav Ivanovic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nikola Maksimovic, Matija Nastasic, Ivan Obradovic, Antoinio Rukavina, Dusko Tosic, Milos Veljkovic


Midfielders – Marko Grujic, Filip Kostic, Adem Ljajic, Nemanja Maksimovic, Nemanja Matic, Luka Milivojevic, Sergej Milinkovic-SavicDusan Tadic, Andrija Zivkovic


Forwards – Aleksandr Mitrovic, Aleksandr Prijovic



Key Player:


Stats and Vizualization by Ashwin Raman - @thefutebolist on Twitter

Sergej Milinkovic Savic: After he was left out by the previous manager , Muslin because he didn’t fit into a 3-4-3 formation , he will be given a chance to shine under the new manager. He has had an outstanding season at club level with Lazio , scoring 15 goals and providing 6 assists. His tackling , passing and goal threat have been some of the key features of an exciting Lazio side. He will have to shoulder the creative burden along with Dusan Tadic as Serbia attempt to qualify from a potentially tricky group.

Current Rankings


FIFA : Current - 35

Highest - 6

ELO : Current - 24

Highest - 4

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