After failing to qualify for EURO 2020, Serbia are determined to book their place at the 2022 World Cup finals. New boss Dragan Stojkovic helped the team regain a much-needed confidence, and the former Crvena Zvezda ace will surely use upcoming friendlies to test as many players as possible. Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Real Madrid attacker Luka Jovic, and Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic have all been omitted, but Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will lead the line for the Serbs against Jamaica.
The Reggae Boyz experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-1 loss to USA, and it is no wonder they are seen as underdogs in Monday’s friendly. Considering that Serbia have been making progress week by week ever since Dragan Stojkovic took over the reins, we are tempted to put our money on the Eagles this time out.
OSC Metalist stadium in Kharkiv will host Monday’s friendly between Ukraine and Cyprus, the two teams who meet for the first time since March 2016. Back then Ukraine defeated Cyprus thanks to Taras Stepanenko’s goal, and Andriy Shevchenko’s troops are once again seen as favourites to win the warm-up game. Since this will be Ukraine’s last warm-up game before their EURO 2020 opener against the Netherlands, Shevchenko is likely to field the best possible side.
The Cypriotes, on the other hand, missed out on a place at the upcoming showpiece tournament. Cyprus boss Nikos Kostenoglou is likely to use this friendly to test as many players as possible, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. Key attacker Pieros Sotiriou has been left out of Cyprus squad, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Ukrainians.
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