On Wednesday, there is a rather small offering for betting, and this time we have analyzed the friendly match between the teams of Belgium and Serbia, which will be played in Brussels. The start of the match between these two teams is scheduled for 20:45.
Belgium: Once Again Brilliant Performances in the Qualifiers!
We are witnessing a truly brilliant generation of Belgians, however, they have not managed to win a title at either of the two biggest competitions. It seems that their greatest achievement was reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where the Red Devils were defeated 1-0 by France, a match that many football connoisseurs considered to be the ‘final before the final.’
Regarding the last World Cup held last year in Qatar, much more was expected from Belgium. Few could have predicted before the start of the world’s biggest football event that this team would fail to advance to the knockout stage, something that had not been questioned for years. This led to the dismissal of coach Martinez from the Belgian national team, and somewhat unexpectedly, Domenico Tedesco, the former coach of RB Leipzig, was appointed in his place.
Of course, Belgium’s primary goal was to qualify for the European Championship to be held next year in Germany, and once again, this team easily secured their place at the EURO, doing so undefeated, even though there is still one round left to play. Currently, the former World Cup semi-finalist is at the top of the table with a one-point lead over Austria, which has also secured a place in the European Championship after truly brilliant performances.
Tedesco’s men have played seven matches so far, achieving five victories and two draws. Interestingly, the last qualifying match Belgium played against Sweden was halted at a 1-1 score due to a terrorist attack, and the match was registered with that result, as even three points from that match would not have mattered for the Scandinavian team, given that second-placed Austria currently has a nine-point advantage.
At home in these qualifiers, Belgium played three matches, interestingly drawing twice and winning once, while away, the Red Devils were perfect, winning all four matches with a goal difference of 10:2.
Regarding absences, of course, the injured De Bruyne and Courtois won’t be there, Hazard has since hung up his boots, and it’s impressive to see the attacking line this team has, with players like Lukaku, Doku, Openda, Trossard, and Batshuayi.
Serbia: All Eyes on the Duel with Bulgaria!
Ever since Dragan Stojković took over as coach of the Serbian national team, noticeable changes have been evident, and it seems likely that the Eagles will qualify for the European Championship after a full 24 years. However, in the past few months, there has been much discussion about the Serbian national team’s play, which apparently has not improved in any aspect since their ignominious elimination from last year’s World Cup.
We remind you once again that the Eagles secured direct qualification to the World Cup after a significant victory in Portugal in the last round of qualifiers, but in Qatar, the Serbian national team once again failed to shine at a major tournament. In a group with Brazil, Switzerland, and Cameroon, our team finished last with only one point, earned in the match against Cameroon.
In the final round, in a do-or-die match, Pixie’s chosen ones were unfortunately defeated by the Swiss, with the match ending 3-2. This game highlighted all the tactical flaws in Serbia’s play, which were also evident in the previous match against Cameroon, where the Eagles led 3-1 and only needed to calmly see out the match. However, they conceded two goals from counterattacks, which is unacceptable when holding a two-goal lead.
Of course, it’s easy to be a general after the battle, and despite the early World Cup exit, Dragan Stojković received support from the Federation and continued the job he started. The primary goal before the start of the qualifiers was for Serbia to finally qualify for the EURO after a full 24 years, and as things stand now, this is most likely going to be the case. Pixie’s charges are currently in second place in the group with a five-point lead over third-placed Montenegro, and only one point is needed for definitive qualification. It seems likely that the Eagles will earn it on home soil against Bulgaria, currently at the bottom of the table with just two points.
In the last round, Serbia defeated Montenegro in probably the most important match of these qualifiers, winning 3-1 at home. At home, the Eagles have played three matches so far, recording two victories and one defeat, while away, the currently second-placed team in the group has played four matches, achieving two victories, one draw, and one defeat, the latter away against Hungary, who have beaten Serbia twice in these qualifiers.
Finally, for this duel, Dragan Stojković Pixie will be without one of his key players, Sergej Milinković-Savić, but all other main players are fully ready for the decisive battles in the qualifiers, as well as for this friendly match against Belgium, which has been considered one of the best teams in the world for many years.
Our Betting Suggestions
Looking back at several previous encounters between these two teams, it primarily seems that we can expect a lot of goals, which is why we recommend focusing on the over 2.5 goals market, for which the 22Bet bookmaker has prepared odds of 1.86.
Finally, perhaps the most realistic expectation is that both teams will score at least one goal each, so we advise betting on both teams to score (BTTS) with odds of 1.79.