Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Russia and Serbia, the two brother countries, face each other at Stadion Dinamo in their Nations League opener. Serbia head into the match hit by Nemanja Matic’s withdrawal from the squad. The Manchester United will not be playing for the national team anymore, and, to make things even worse for boss Ljubisa Tumbakovic, both Luka Jovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic have withdrawn from the squad as well. In their absence, a man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Fulham attacker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The Russians, on the other hand, were producing fine displays in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, and it is no wonder they are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Russia boss Stanislav Chershesov has made some changes to the squad, but key attacker Artem Dzyuba will surely pose a big threat to the opposition defenders. Even though Alan Dzagoev is sidelined with injury, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Artem Dzyuba):
Over the years Artem Dzyuba has established himself as one of the best players in the Russian Premier League. The 196-cm-tall attacker began his senior career at Spartak Moscow and after ending his loan spells with Tom Tomsk and Rostov, he moved to Zenit St. Petersburg in 2015.
Artem Dzyuba scored 15 goals for the Zenitchiki in the 2015-16 Russian Premier League campaign, while providing nine assists for his teammates. The Russian forward was not as successful in the 2016/2017 season as he scored 13 goals in 26 appearances for Roberto Mancini’s troops, while having six assists. Dzyuba made his debut for the Russia national football team in November 2011 in a friendly game against Greece, but he did not represent Russia at the Euro 2012 finals.
The Zenit striker scored his first goal for the Russian national team on September 8, 2014 in a 4-0 win over Liechtenstein. Artem Dzyuba was born in Moscow (Soviet Union) on August 22, 1988 and he is a product of Spartak Moscow football school.
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.