EUROPE: World Cup - Qualifiers
Match start: 18:00 (GMT+2)
Facing the 7th round of the World Cup European qualifiers the leaders of 9 qualifying groups are the national teams of Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Serbia, Poland, England, Spain, Belgium and Croatia.
This list of favorites contains three teams from the Eastern Europe countries. What is more, Serbia and Croatia were the parts of Yugoslavia for decades. And it was a time when the national team of Yugoslavia was playing in the final match of the Europe Championship.
Constellation of stars
The years went by! By analogy with USSR, Yugoslavia was divided into separate states. And now in Serbia, Croatia there is a talented generation of modern football players who honorably represent their countries on international arena.
And now let us imagine that the Serbians Branislav Ivanović, Aleksandar Kolarov, Matija Nastasić, Nemanja Matić, Zoran Tošić, Dušan Tadić, Adem Ljajić and the Croats Danijel Subašić, Luka Modrić, Ivan Perišić, Ivan Rakitić, Mario Mandžukić were playing in one national team? Would it be possible that the national teams of Germany, France, Spain and Italy stand up to such super strong team?
Tournament position of group D
But as we see now, it is enough to divide talented Yugoslavian football players into two national teams in order these teams become the leaders of their groups.
Now the team of Slavoljub Muslin has 12 points. The team of the Northern Ireland has the same number of points. But the Serbians are ahead of their main challenger according to the best goal difference (13:7 and 8:4). The decisive battle of two leaders will be held on the 5th of September, Tuesday in Dublin.
And now, before visiting Aviva Stadium the Serbians stars in Belgrade are meeting with the main underdog of their group – the national team of Moldova. And here the team of Slavoljub Muslin has to increase the difference of scored and missed goals. This factor can be dominating while determining the final winner.
Serbia – 1.15, draw – 9.00, Moldova –25.00;
tip: Serbia (Asian handicap -2) - odds 1.78 Pinnacle