Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
There will be fireworks when Serbia and Portugal face each other at Stadion Rajko Mitic in the Group B derby. The Serbs did well to hold A Selecao to a draw in Lisbon in their opener, but they experienced all sorts of problems in an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Ukraine. Coach Mladen Krstajic paid priced for the heavy defeat, with Ljubisa Tumbakovic taking over the reins.
The Serbs head into Saturday’s football game following a 4-1 win over Lithuania and seeing that new boss can count on key players Nemanja Matic, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Tadic for the Stadion Rajko Mitic showdown, we predict that the hosts are going to grab something from the game. Portugal, on the other hand, did well to win the UEFA Nations League, with the team beating Netherlands in the title game and seeing that Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to keep his place in the starting XI, share of spoils is on the cards.
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 (Portugal):
Portugal started competing at the biggest stage in the 1930’s, but they had to wait for almost seventy years to establish themselves as a top side. The third place finish at the 1966 World Cup was a one-off result as the Selecao needed another 40 years to get past the group stage, reaching the semi-finals at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Portugal enjoyed more success on the continent, finishing third at the 1984, 2000 and 2012 European Championships, while losing in the final to Greece at the Euro 2004 that was held on home soil. Despite being able to count on one of world’s best ever footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, the Selecao have yet to lift a major trophy and they will not have too many opportunities to do so before the Real Madrid superstar retires.
Eusebio remains the most famous footballer to have played for Portugal, while Luis Figo, Simao Sabrosa, Pedro Pauleta, Rui Costa and Nani are also worth mention. The Selecao currently boast an impressive pool of world-class talent and it should not be long before they end the trophy drought.