Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Serbia vs. PortugalPublished October 11, 2015 by Florin P
Serbia wraps up a disappointing qualifying campaign with highly anticipated match (5:00 p.m UK Time)
The qualifying campaign was expected to be difficult for Serbia, a team playing in a group featuring both Denmark in Portugal. The Eastern Europeans had the experience and quality necessary to overcome all the obstacles and secure a place at the Euro 2016. Back-to-back defeats and points lost at the green table have inflicted irreparable damage to their chances and they are already out of the playoff picture.
One Final Hurdle for Serbia
The hosts have a single point and nothing can happen in the last games of the group stage, but this doesn’t mean that they will lay down their weapons. The team faded from the qualification picture many months ago, but they showed their commitment and pride by defeating Armenia in October.
A quick glance at the starting formation that Serbia can display for this fixture will highlight the fact that they’ve got some extraordinary players. That’s why it is tempting to back them at even odds with bet365 not to lose at home in a match that the fans are anxiously waiting for despite the absence of any stakes.
Portugal Prepares for Euro 2016
The qualification campaign was no Rose Garden for Portugal, but the team is lucky to lead the group with one match left. Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t score as many goals as he was expected to, but was the inspirational player on many occasions when his team needed him most.
With Real Madrid playing a war on two fronts in the domestic championship and European competitions, he is unlikely to throw everything he’s got in this match. Portugal is already qualified for the Euro 2016 and can afford to take it one step at a time, as the top priority is to avoid injuries. Losing players such as Cristiano Ronaldo would hurt not only their chances but also Real Madrid’s hopes to win a trophy.