Serbia is coming to this clash after a close 0:1 victory last Saturday on the road against Luxembourg, which put them back to first place in the rankings, leaving Portugal with one point in deficit.
Serbia was a strong favorite, and definitely, a more convincing victory was expected, bet never the less, a job is done over Vlahovic who yet again proved his great potential and scored the only one in the 68th minute, bringing Serbia one step close of reaching their final goal.
They have no absentees regarding injuries, however central-back Pavlovic (13/1, Monaco) and offensive midfielder Djuricic (34/4, Sassuolo) are suspended. Defender Milenkovic (31/3, Fiorentina) is doubtful..
Croats did their part of the job last time on the road to Cyprus when they didn’t let any surprises occur and took an expected 0:3 victory.
The quality gap was obvious from the start, as the guests were in complete control over the situation on the field, taking a lead in the late phase of the first part, and confirmed their victory with another two scored in the second.
They are currently at the leading spot in the group, sharing the same amount of points as second-placed Russia, so this one comes as a must-win for them.
The Croats will miss goalkeeper Kalinic (19/0, Hajduk), defenders Lovren (69/4, Zenit), Juranovic (13/0, Celtic), Vrsaljko (51/0, Atletico Madrid), midfielder Badelj (55/2, Genoa) and offfensive players Colak (3/0, Malmo), Budimir (8/1, Osasuna) and Rebic (42/3, Milan) compared to previous call-ups. Forward Orsic (13/1, Dinamo Zagreb) is now injured too, while suspended is midfielder Kovacic (75/3, Chelsea).
Bolivians have obvious problems with their appearances during the qualifiers as they are currently suffering from a three-matches losing streak, and are currently second from the bottom, having only six points collected in the campaign.
Their chances for further progress are only a theoretical domain, but nevertheless, probably they will do their best to at least appear more competitive in the upcoming encounter, even though real chances are absent now.
The hosts miss defenders Bejarano (33/3, Bolivar), Flores (16/0, Always Ready), Ribera (13/0, Blooming), midfielders Saavedra (33/4, Bolivar), Chumacero (47/2, Union Espanyola), Wayar (23/0,The Strongest), Bejarano (30/0, Lamia), and forwards Alvarez (30/5, Jorge Wilstermann), Arce (80/12, Always Ready) and Ramallo (25/3, Always Ready) compared to previous call-ups.
Luxembourg is appearing decently for their standards during this World Cup campaign, as they are currently positioned at the 3rd spot in the rankings, still with a chance to grab a promotional second spot.
Easier said than done, as they are facing Serbia once again, and were completely outplayed in the reverse fixture in Belgrade with a convincing 4:1 result.
Historically looking, they never booked their ticket for any major tournament, and I don’t think that they have the capacity to surprise in this campaign as well.
The hosts miss defenders Malger (36/2, Swift Hesperange), da Graca (17/0, Austria Wien), and midfielders Phillipps (55/0, Wiltz 71), and Bohnert (24/1, Progres Niederkorn) compared to previous call-ups.
Turkey suffered a pretty demoralizing defeat last time they assembled back in September on the road against the Netherlands, being completely overrun with a 6:1 result.
A positive outcome is surely needed to boost their morale, and furthermore, they are still in a good position to grab the play-off place, as they are currently at the 3rd spot, having only two points less compared to their opponents in the upcoming clash.
The Turks miss out goalkeeper Guno (22/0, Besiktas), defender Meras (15/0, Besiktas), midfielders Yokuslu (39/1, Celta), Karaca (8/1, Alanyaspor), Kahveci (21/1, Fenerbahce), Tokoz (10/1 Trabzonspor) and forwards Karaman (28/6, Besiktas) and Unal (24/2, Getafe) compared to previous matches.
Germany U21 and Isreal U21 will play a qualification match for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final tournament in Romania and Georgia. The match will be played at the Benteler-Arena in Paderborn.
In this group B, we have Germany U21 and Israel U21 with 6 points, Hungary U21 and Poland U21 have 3 points, and Latvia U21 and San Marino U21 have 0 points. I will play on the option that we will have 10 or more corners in this match.
Germany U21 is the actual European champion and they win three titles of the European champion in the last 12 years (2009, 2017, and 2021). They are a much better team than Israel U21 and I expect that they will attack the Isreal U21 goal every 90 minutes.
The Italians are surely entering this semi-final clash of the UEFA Nations League campaign with positive thoughts, as they are currently running their historic unbeaten run, and will definitely try to add one more trophy to their already impressive collection.
They played their last competitive match in the World Cup qualifiers last month at home against Lithuania, and looked quite well, as they completely outplayed them with a 5:0 victory, currently being strong leaders in their respectful group.
Defenders Biraghi (11/1, Fiorentina), Toloi (8/0, Atalanta), right-back Florenzi (46/2, AC Milan), midfielders Pessina (11/4, Atalanta), Sensi (8/3, Inter), offensive players Immobile (54/15, Lazio) and Belotti (39/12, Torino) aren’t part of the team this time.
Rotheram is coming to this EFL Cup clash with positive thoughts, as they met the expectations in their last League One fixture on the road against Cheltenham and recorded a routine 0:2 victory.
They were visibly more aggressive from the start, controlling the ball movement and being more concrete, proving that they are one of the favorites to promote back to the Championship.
The guests improved their sharpness at the finishing during the second and with two goals scored over Grigg and Edmonds-Green, deservedly took all three in this encounter.
Girona failed to be more creative last time out on the road to Oviedo when they took only a point in a 0:0 stalemate.
The guests did have a significant ball possession advantage during the whole encounter, but obviously lacked more creativity, while the hosts accepted to be involved in a more passive encounter, so it wasn’t surprising that we haven’t witnessed any action in goal-terms here.
Girona is currently at the 16th spot in LaLiga 2, having eight points collected so far in the campaign.
Left-back Junca (4/0) is out injured, as well as talented forward Moreno (1/0).
Yesterday’s recap: Unreal what happened yesterday, Chelsea score 2 goals at the end of the match to crush our under 3.5, the red card for Southampton did not help. Burnley could not beat Norwich but Monfils and Mager got us a win to put the day at only -1 units. I already have my best bet on West Ham and Brentford to receive a card for 4 units of profit. I must say I thought odds will drop, but they have not, maybe closer to kick-off but it seems odds will hold. I have this bet on my Blogabet as well.