Serbia v Portugal tips – expect goals to be scored in Belgrade

Serbia and Portugal clash against each other on Saturday 27 March, with the sides expected to battle it out for top spot in World Cup qualifying Group A but it’s only the team finishing in first place who will be guaranteed a place in the 2022 World Cup.

The two sides know each other well considering that they faced each other as part of Euro 2020 qualifying, with the teams playing out a 1-1 draw in Lisbon before the Portuguese ran riot to win 4-2 away to Serbia and they managed to finish second in the group behind Ukraine as a result.

Portugal Favourites to Win World Cup Qualifier

Portugal are actually dripping with talented players and their Euro 2020 football betting odds have been shortening significantly in recent months as punters realise that Fernando Santos’ team have arguably the strongest chance of winning the European championship.

While Cristiano Ronaldo boasts enviable international stats of 102 goals in 170 appearances for his country, there’s the simple fact that Portugal also have the best player in the English Premier League in the form of Bruno Fernandes, while Bernardo Silva is also a canny operator for Manchester City.

If you throw Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix and Liverpool’s Diogo Jota into the mix, there is so much to enjoy about this team from an attacking point-of-view and there will be plenty of people looking to back Portugal to win this clash when it comes to the latest football betting markets.

Can Serbia Stun Portugal and Boost World Cup Hopes?

Serbia were agonisingly beaten on penalty kicks when it came to trying to land a spot at the Euro 2020 finals, with Scotland overcoming them after a tense encounter and they’ll now be looking to start afresh and aim to qualify for the World Cup which is scheduled to happen in the winter of 2022.

Serbia will have played the Republic of Ireland just a few days earlier and will therefore come into this game after a stern test at the hands of the Irish, with Dragan Stojković's side likely to try and keep things tight against dangerous opponents.

However, some might think that Serbia are a good football bet at big odds considering they do have home advantage of sorts and there is plenty of experience in the ranks including captain Dusan Tadic and vice-captain Aleksandar Mitrovic, although the defence does seem vulnerable against a quality attack.

What Happened When Serbia Met Portugal in Euro Qualifiers?

When the teams clashed on 25 March 2019, a Dusan Tadic penalty gave Serbia the lead and Portugal were only able to muster a point thanks to a Danilo goal late in the first half, although the situation changed a great deal when the sides lined up on 7 September 2019.

Portugal ran riot at the Red Star Stadium in Belgrade, with Santos’ team continuing their high-scoring ways for the rest of the qualifying campaign and it appears that this team are on an upward trajectory, with Wolves pair Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves having the ability to offer some midfield solidity which allows the attacking players to rove forward.

What Are the Best Bets for Serbia v Portugal?

On the basis that both teams scored for both of the games during Euro 2020 qualifying, it’s reasonable to bet on the BTTS Yes option when it comes to the Both Teams to Score betting market providing that the odds are attractive enough. As always, we recommend you compare the football betting prices and try to get the biggest one.

If you want to get bigger football betting odds, there’s the chance to back Portugal to win and BTTS Yes which combined the Full-Time Result betting market along with both teams scoring and there are some attractive prices knocking around when it comes to this outcome.

We do think the Over 2.5 Goals option could be worthy of consideration, with both teams having a stronger attack than defence and you could even look at the Over 3.5 Goals betting market based on the six goals that were scored in this last meeting.

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