Our prediction for this Nations League match:
All eyes will be on Arena Nationala when Romania and Serbia face each other in the Nations League Group 4 derby. Following back-to-back draws with Montenegro and Serbia, the Romanians recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over Lithuania on Thursday evening, with Maxim scoring the winner in the dying seconds of the match. The Serbs, on the other hand, recorded a routine 2-0 win over Montenegro in Podgorica, with Fulham attacker Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring yet another brace. Mladen Krstajic’s troops aim to retain top position in the standings and seeing that they missed a number of clear-cut chances to score in a 2-2 draw with Romania earlier in the process, away win should be considered. It has to be noted, though, that the visitors will be without Aleksandar Kolarov and Nemanja Matic in Sunday’s football game. In their last meeting in Bucharest Serbia defeated Romania 3-2.
Highlighted Player (Ciprian Tatarusanu):
Anton Ciprian Tatarusanu is one of Romania’s most famous goalkeeper at the moment, and he has surprisingly spent the majority of his career up to date in his native country. The highly rated shot-stopper joined the most famous club on domestic stage Steaua via Juventus Bucuresti and Gloria Bistrita and he would go on to spend next seven years in the capital, making over 130 league appearances and featuring in over 40 matches in European competitions.
The big club move finally materialised in the summer of 2014 as he waited his contract to expire before signing for Fiorentina, and he quickly established himself as the number one goalkeeper at Artemio Franchi.
When it comes to international stage, Tatarusanu has spent much of his career competing with Costel Pantilimon for the starting berth in the national team, and he has emerged a winner, making 30 odd appearances for the Tricolorii since 2010. Bar any surprises, Tatarusanu will make his debut appearance at major tournaments at the Euro 2016 finals.
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.