Serbia have an opportunity to start the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship with a victory over the inexperienced Austria side that haven’t played at the tournament of this significance so far.
Serbia U21 Team News
Serbia won this tournament in 1978 playing as Yugoslavia and collected three more medals in the next 30 years but failed to qualify for the knockout phase in the previous three Euros they appeared in. In fact, The Young Eagles are without a victory in that span but it looks that this generation has a lot of talent. Nine of 23 players are playing in the domestic Super League, which is a good sign for Serbian football.
Head coach Goran Djorovic has an extremely talented squad this year. Luka Jovic, who recently secured a move to Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt, will lead the attack while Andrija Zivkovic, Nemanja Radonjic, Danilo Pantic, and Nikola Milenkovic are also playing the big part in Djorovic’s tactics.
Serbia U21 Latest Form
Serbia recorded a 2-0 win over Poland in their latest friendly game. Erhan Masovic opened the scoring midway through the second 45 minutes while Lazar Randjelovic set the final score late in the clash. Goran Djorovic’s side have been in a good form prior to this competition, claiming three wins and two draws in their previous five games while also keeping four straight clean sheets.
Austria U21 Team News
Austria never played at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship and went through the playoffs to get to Italy. They defeated Greece in two matches, winning 1-0 on both occasions, and now they will be looking to show the world they belong among the best 12 European national teams.
Head coach Werner Gregoritsch’s team is half made of players with roots from the Balkans, so this encounter will be more electrifying than any other in the group. Only Kevin Danso, Marco Friedl, Dominik Baumgartner, and Mathias Honsak are playing abroad while the rest of the squad is playing id Austrian Bundesliga.
Austria U21 Latest Form
Austria were also victorious in their final test match before this tournament as they defeated France 3-1. Hannes Wolf scored a brace for the Austrians while Hussein Balic added a third five minutes from the end. The victory ended a run of two games without a win or a goal scored for Gregoritsch’s men.
Hannes Wolf and Hussein Balic are expected to lead the attack for Austria while Dario Maresic and Sandro Ingolitsch should continue in the defense that has conceded four goals in their last two matches.
Serbia U21 vs. Austria U21 Head to Head
The rivals have met four times thus far so and all four duels were played in the last five years. Serbia haven’t loss to Austria as they won two of those four matches while the previous one ended without goals. All three encounters before that produced at least four goals and goals on both sides.
Serbia U21 vs. Austria U21 Betting Tip
It’s going to be an intriguing clash given it is playing in Trieste, a city very close to the Austrian border while the Serbians also have a close connection with the city. Serbia will try to exploit Austria’s inexperience at this level and I am backing them to get three points in this one at 2.00 (+100). Serbia scored at least two goals in three of four duels with Austria and you can opt for the hosts to score over 1.5 goals at 2.20 (+120).