Norway vs. Serbia / European Championship Qualifiers (U-21) – In the qualifying play-off for European Championship U-21 Serbia won the first leg against Norway 2-0 last Friday and now the two teams will meet in Drammen, Norway. Advantage of two goals gives Serbia much better chance to reach the final tournament which will be played next summer in Polans, especially as the Norwegians didn’t score a single goal in Belgrade. Begins: 15.11.2016 – 19:00 CET
However, the Norwegians believe that they can win at home their peers from Seriba, especially as they won three qualifying matches played at home and lost just one by the English. True, to achieve something like that they must play much better than four days ago in Belgrade and especially in attack where they were pretty harmless although coach Smerud had at his disposal besides super-talented Real’s Odegaard and returnee from senior team Berisha.
On the other hand absence of stopper Gronner was felt very much in defence, but now he will probably play from the first minute, together with another returnee from senior team Selnaes, while Rosted should move at the bench. Regarding rest of the team, there shouldn’t be any changes in terms of names, but anyway we expect a lot more offensive approach of the Norwegian junior team than in Belgrade, especially as they have to chance minus of two goals. Let’s add that unlike recovered Gronner, coach Smerud still cannot count on injured midfielder Daehli.
Probable lineups Norway: Rossbach – Haraldseid, Selnaes, Gronner, Meling – Zahid, Trondsen, Fossum, Elyounoussi – Berisha, Odegaard
Unlike the Norwegians who expected more favourable outcome of the duel in Belgrade young Serbian team can be more than pleased with the final 2-0, given that the result gives them quite realistic chance to reach the final tournament in Poland. For them it was the most important that they won, not so much by two goal difference but because they haven’t received a single goal in the first leg, so no they can even afford to lose by minimal goal difference in Norway, or even two goals as defeats of 3-1 or 4-2 would nevertheless take them further, while in a case of 2-0 for Norway they would have to play extra time.
However, the Serbs have announced that will not be focused on defence in Drammen especially as they have very unpleasant and fast players to they will certainly be very dangerous from counter-attacks. Right because of that we believe that coach Sivic will give advantage this time to more penetrative and faster Zivkovic instead of Ninkovic, while the remaining of starting line-up should stay the same like in the first leg in Belgrade. Due to injuries out of action are still defenders Veljkvoic and Ristic, while midfielder Grujic is not ready for full 90 minutes.
Probable lineups Serbia: V. Milinkovic-Savic – Gajic, Lazic, Jovanovic, Antonov – Lukic, Maksimovic – Zivkovic, S. Milinkovic-Savic, Gacinovic – Djurdjevic
Norway – Serbia PICK
Just like we gave advantage to Serbia in their first match we now believe that young Norway national team should use in the best way the home-field advantage, especially as they have minus of two goals.
Pick: Norway wins
Odds: 2.20 at ladbrokes (down to 2.10 se can be played)