Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
Stadion Rajko Mitic will be the centre of attention when Serbia and Montenegro square off against each other in a highly-anticipated Group G clash. The Serbs suffered a 2-1 loss to Hungary on Saturday, but it has to be noted that they created a number of clear-cut opportunities to score. Dusan Tadic should be recalled to the starting XI, as well as Juventus winger Filip Kostic, while influential midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one yellow card away from suspension.
As always, former Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will lead the line for the hosts. The visitors, on the other hand, defeated Bulgaria 2-1 in their last group game to keep their Euro 2024 qualification hopes alive. Montenegro, though, are not regarded as good travellers and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Serbia’s party at packed Stadion Rajko Mitic. To make things even worse for the away team, defender Igor Vujacic misses the trip to Belgrade through suspension.
Highlighted Player (Predrag Rajkovic):
Predrag Rajkovic is a professional footballer who plays for Stade Reims and the Serbian National team. Born on the 31st of October, 1995, the Serbian goalkeeper spent his youth career with Hajduk Velijko and Jagodina before signing a professional contract, his first, with the latter in 2012.
His first professional appearance came on the 9th of March, 2013, in a Serbian Superliga match against Partizan. A two-year stint at Red Star Belgrade succeeded Rajkovic's time at Jagodina, after which he moved to Israel to join Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2015. At Aviv, the six-foot-tall established himself as a first-team regular, and in his four-year spell at the club, he made 192 appearances, kept 90 clean sheets and won the Toto Cup.
The 24-year old now plays in Ligue one with Stade Reims and is on a contract that expires in 2023. At the International level, Rajkovic is a former youth international and has capped at every youth level for Serbia. He made his senior team debut meanwhile on the 14th of August, 2013, in a friendly match against Colombia.
Highlighted Team (Montenegro):
Montenegro is yet another former Yugoslavian republic. The Montenegrins declared their independence in 2006 and they played their first official match under the name of Montenegro in March, 2007. The Hrabri sokoli defeated Hungary in their first official game, with the team coming from behind to beat the Hungarians.
Serie A superstar Mirko Vucinic and Igor Burzanovic scored for Montenegro in the 2-1 triumph over Hungary. Montenegro national football team participated in the UEFA Euro 2012 playoffs and that is regarded as the team’s biggest success. The Hrabri sokoli faced Czech Republic in the double-header, but they eventually failed to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Poland and Ukraine.
Aforementioned attacker Mirko Vucinic is seen as one of the most famous footballers who played for the Montenegro national team, but we should mention former Manchester City ace Stevan Jovetic as well. Montenegro play their home games at Stadion Pod Goricom and they recorded their biggest win against San Marino (6-0) in September, 2012.