Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Stadion Rajko Mitic will host Thursday’s football game between Serbia and Luxembourg. The Serbs face a must-win situation this time out as they are breathing down Portugal’s neck in Group B. Ljubisa Tumbakovic’s men are likely to go all guns blazing at the minnows, and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is sidelined with injury, but in-form Fulham attacker Aleksandar Mitrovic is likely to pose a big threat to the opposition defenders.
Yet another man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Ajax forward Dusan Tadic, who is enjoying a season to remember. When the two teams met at Stade Josy Barthel earlier in the process, Serbia recorded a 3-1 win over Luxembourg. The visitors have nothing to play for in Thursday’s qualifier, and they are likely to return home empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Nemanja Matic):
Nemanja Matic is a Serbian footballer who plays for Premier League side Chelsea. The 194-cm-tall midfielder was born on 1 August, 1988 and he began his football career (youth) at Radnicki Obrenovac.
In 2005 he signed for Kolubara and after impressing with Kosice in the 2008/2009 campaign, Chelsea owners decided to sign him. Nemanja spent the 2010/2011 season on loan at Vitesse and at the end of the season he signed a deal with Portuguese giants Benfica, with David Luiz heading in the other direction.
Matic was in the form of his life in the 2013/2014 Primeira Liga campaign and he helped the Eagles clinch the domestic trophy. He rejoined Chelsea in 2014 for a fee of €25M and he helped the Blues win the Premier League title in the 2014/2015 season. Nemanja Matic has also developed into a key member of the Serbian national team that have been largely struggling of late.
Highlighted Team (Luxembourg):
Luxembourg national football team is controlled by Luxembourg Football Federation and they play their home games at Stade Josy Barthel. Les Lions Rouges have never qualified for the finals of a major tournament, but they often make life difficult for European teams in the qualifiers.
Luxembourg defeated Macedonia in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, but a victory over Czech Republic in the 1996 European Championship qualifying match is considered the team’s biggest success. Les Lions Rouges play their home matches in red shirts and red shorts, while they wear white jerseys and white shorts when playing on the travels.
Jeff Strasser is both the most famous and the most capped Luxembourg player and it has to be noted that the former Bundesliga player made 98 appearances for the national team. Luxembourg recorded their biggest win against Afghanistan (6-0), in the match that was played in London in 1948. Speaking of their biggest defeat, Luxembourg were outclassed by England 9-0 on two occasions (1960, 1982).