Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Georgia Serbia secured automatic qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. Coach Slavoljub Muslin did a great job with the Eagles in the qualifiers for the major tournament, but he will not be in charge of the team in Russia. Muslin left post by mutual consent and it has to be noted that Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic is seen as main favourite to replace him as Serbia coach. Interim boss Mladen Krstajic will count on Serbia stars Nemanja Matic and Dusan Tadic for the China friendly and you should know that Lazio ace Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been recalled. The Chinese failed to impress in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers and they are unlikely to shock the Serbs in Friday’s football match in Guangzhou. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever on the international stage.
Highlighted Player (Branislav Ivanovic):
Over the years Branislav Ivanovic has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world football. Bane plays as a centre back, but he is capable of playing as a full back as well. The Serbian defender has been playing for Chelsea since 2008 and he used to play for the likes of Srem, OFK Beograd and Lokomotiv Moscow in the past as well. Ivanovic leaves his heart on the field in every single match and that is the main reason why the fans love him. He is known for his aerial ability as well and it has to be noted that he has scored 22 goals for Chelsea since arriving to Stamford Bridge in 2008. The Serbian footballer has won two Premier League trophies with the Blues, but the Champions League trophy won in 2012 is considered the biggest success of his career. Branislav is married to Natasa, who gave birth to his four children.
Highlighted Team (Serbia):
Serbia have been playing as an independent nation since 2006. The Serbs made it to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals and despite defeating star-studded Germany in the group stages of the showpiece tournament in South Africa, they eventually failed to book their place in the last 16. The Eagles, though, failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil as they experienced all sorts of problems in their qualifying group. A number of top-class footballers played for Serbia and former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is regarded as one of the best players in the history of the Serbian national team. Vidic scored two goals in 56 appearances for Serbia and he announced his retirement from the national team on 24 October, 2011. The Eagles play their home game at Stadion Rajko Mitic and it has to be noted that they defeated Czech Republic 3-1 in their first international game under the name of Serbia. Serbia play their home games in red shirts and red shorts, while the colour of their away kit is white.