Portugal will face Serbia at Estadio da Luz, in Lisbon, in UEFA Europe 2020 Qualification 2nd Round. Portugal against Serbia is the match with big interest because of great National squads and great perspectives in Qualification. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
FIFA Rating – 6
Portugal this time will play against the strongest opponent in the Group. The team of Portugal has very talented and strong players with a lot of experience from the most powerful European Leagues. Of course, the main number of players called from the Portuguese clubs, but this year, even 4 players are called to the national team from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Two years ago Nuno Espírito Santo the Head Coach of Wolves came to Wolves and brought many promising Portuguese to the club. Besides this, Wolverhampton is playing very confident football this season and has already become first half of the table in the Premier League newcomer.
Previously, the Portuguese national team knew the whole world and it was glorified by such players as Eusebio, Elder Postiga, Roy Costa, Simao, Luis Figo, and others. Now they are replaced by such famous players as Bruno Alves, Pepe, Adrien Silva, Nani, Quaresma, and of course, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has already established himself as the most productive in the history of Portugal and with the most playable matches and scored goals.
Beto (Goztepe), Jose Sa (Olympiacos), Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton Wanderers);
Joao Cancelo (Juventus), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona), Jose Fonte (Lille), Pepe (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica), Mario Rui (Napoli), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund);
Danilo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), William Carvalho (Real Betis), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), Joao Mario (Inter Milan), Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Pizzi (Benfica);
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Rafa Silva (Benfica), Andre Silva (Sevilla, on loan from AC Milan), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Diego Sousa (Sporting Braga), Joao Felix (Benfica)
FIFA Rating – 31
Serbia showed great football previously, as a result, they were promoted to the main draw of the World Cup. However, they won only against Costa Rica and took 3rd place. There were very strong opponents in a group with Switzerland and Brazil, so chances to play in PlayOffs were very small. After this Serbia played in UEFA Nations League in League C and took 1st place, and got a ticket to League B, so they will play against stronger rivals. They scored 11 and conceded 4 goals in 4 matches.
They called up a very strong squad. Most of the players are from Italy, Portugal, and Germany. Talented players from the highest of Europ leagues are able to overcome even the strongest teams. In this qualification, Serbia is one of the top favorites. Dusan Tadic was one of the squad leaders in the clash against Real Madrid when Ajax kicked off Real form Champions League. Unfortunately, one of Serbia’s leader Nemanja Matic will miss the first national call due to injury.
Predrag Rajković; Marko Dmitrović; Nikola Vasiljević;
Stefan Mitrović; Antonio Rukavina; Nikola Milenković; Miloš Veljković; Uroš Spajić; Nemanja Miletić; Miroslav Bogosavac;
Dušan Tadić; Adem Ljajić; Andrija Živković; Mijat Gaćinović; Nemanja Maksimović; Sergej Milinković-Savić; Nemanja Radonjić; Saša Lukić; Darko Lazović; Branko Jovičić;
Luka Jović; Milan Pavkov;
Both teams played in one group of Euro 2016 qualification. Portugal won in both, home and away game by the same 2:1 result. In total, Serbia failed to win against Portugal since 2007 as they played draws two times in a row in Euro 2008 qualification.