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Slovenia vs Serbia, UEFA Euro 2024, Today Match Prediction

Allianz Arena, Munich, Bavaria

Can Serbia register their first win?

  • Benjamin Sesko, the RB Leipzig striker has been on fire this season, bagging 14 goals and 2 assists.
  • Serbia will pin their hopes on Aleksandar Mitrovic, who's coming off a strong qualifying campaign with 5 goals and an assist in 7 matches.
  • Slovenia and Serbia have a close head-to-head record (2 draws, 1 win apiece)

Serbia to Win (1-2)

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2024 | Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich, Bavaria

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These sides have faced off four times before in high-stakes matches, with two draws and one victory apiece. Slovenia holds a narrow lead in their head-to-head record, but their sole victory came in 2011, before either team possessed the current crop of stars. As they enter the second group stage, this intriguing clash between two nations once part of Yugoslavia continues their quest for footballing growth. Despite their young national teams, formed just 20 years ago, this rivalry has quickly become one of the fiercest in football, and both sides will be fighting tooth and nail for every goal.

Slovenia Record: Slovenia drew their first match of the 2024 Euro cup against Denmark and they are currently placed third with one point in one match. 

Serbia Record: The Serbians were pretty competitve in their last match against England they held them to just one goal but in the end they couldn't score a single goal and lost the match. Serbia are currently positioned at the bottom of the Group C. It is a must win game for Serbia to stay in contention for a top two finish. 

Slovenia Preview

Slovenia aims to make a splash by defeating their rivals Serbia and propel themselves further in the tournament. Their captain, Jan Oblak, stands out immediately.  His goalkeeping and leadership skills at Atletico Madrid, where he helped them secure a 4th place La Liga finish, have translated seamlessly to his international play. With 66 caps, Oblak sits behind only Josip Iličić (17 goals in 81 matches) and Jasmin Kurtić (a dominant midfield presence in 95 matches) for Slovenia. This vital trio forms the core of a young team hungry for European success. 

Andraz Sporar (12 international goals in 54 matches, and 8 goals with an assist for Panathinaikos) has consistently contributed throughout Slovenia's development. He has also played a role in shaping Benjamin Sesko (11 goals in 30 international matches) into a crucial generational talent for RB Leipzig. 

Jan Mlakar, who notched 3 goals and 2 assists for Pisa this season, has emerged as a top dribbling attacker under 26. His contributions could be vital in nurturing the potential of players like Adam Gnezda Cerin. While Slovenia might benefit from more experience on such a grand stage, don't underestimate their potential to pull off a major upset.

Slovenia Probable Starting XI - Jan Oblak (Goalkeeper); Erik Janza, Vanja Drkusic, Jaka Bijol, Zan Karnicnik (Defenders); Jan Mlakar, Adam Gnezda Cerin, Timi Elsnik, Benjamin Verbic (Midfielders);  Benjamin Sesko, Andraz Sporar (Forwards)

Serbia Preview

Serbia has secured its first-ever Euro Cup qualification under the Serbian name. This young team has seen a rapid rise, with many players blossoming into elite athletes in a short period.  Aleksandar Mitrović stands out as a role model for the younger generation.  His phenomenal scoring record (28 goals and 5 assists for Al-Hilal) translates to the international stage, where he boasts a staggering 58 goals for Serbia, keeping fans constantly on their feet. 

Mitrović's partnership with Dušan Vlahović (16 goals, 4 assists for Juventus, and 13 international goals in 28 caps) is truly remarkable. Their attacking combination strikes fear into even the most formidable defenses. Sergej Milinković-Savić (11 goals for Al-Hilal this season, 9 for Serbia) and Andrija Živković (10 goals, 8 assists in the Greek League) add further firepower, making this Serbian offensive unit one of the most complete in international football.

However, there's a question mark over captain and star midfielder Dušan Tadić's availability for this match. In his absence, Saša Lukić steps up to fill the void. Lukić's experience is undeniable, having played 36 matches with Fulham this year and accumulating 47 international caps over the past five years. With a red-hot offense, experience in major tournaments, and a reliable goalkeeper in Predrag Rajković, Serbia possesses all the qualities of a dark horse candidate. 

Serbia Probable Starting XI - Predrag Rajkovic (Goalkeeper); Milos Veljkovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Strahinja Pavlovic (Defenders); Filip Mladenovic, Sasha Lukic, Ivan Ilic, Andrija Zivkovic (Midfielders);  Dusan Vlahovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Aleksandar Mitrovic (Forwards)

Serbia is expected to take an early lead by exploiting the vulnerabilities in Slovenia's young defense, particularly Jaka Bijol and Adam Gnezda Cerin. Both players struggled defensively against Denmark and were bailed out by Jan Oblak's goalkeeping heroics. 

This match will be a different story, as Serbia boasts a wealth of attackers like Aleksandar Mitrović, who can outmuscle them in the air, and Dušan Vlahović, whose deceptive pace can catch defenders off guard. 

Serbia's control of the midfield, spearheaded by Saša Lukić who has a preference for through balls, could be the key to unlocking these attacking threats. Slovenia will likely continue their attacking style led by midfielder Jan Mlakar and the rising star Benjamin Sesko. However, their inexperience in high-pressure situations could be their undoing.

Serbia to Win (1-2)

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Author: Neev Chopra