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.
Serbs made a setback in their last qualification appearance on the road to Ireland when they took a point in a 1:1 clash despite being better during the game.
This complicated their situation a bit, as they have to win every remaining fixture if they want to take a direct promotion to Qatar, but never the less should end up 2nd if everything goes according to plan.
They crushed Luxembourg in Belgrade, and looking at what is at stake here, I definitely see them being fully focused on the upcoming clash.
The guests have no real absentees, with right-back Petkovic (4/0, TSC), and midfielders Birmancevic (3/0, Malmo) and Ilic (2/0, Verona) not anyway being close to the core team anyways.
One step at the time
Things are pretty straightforward for Serbia, as they simply can not allow any surprises to occur, and honestly, chances for any other outcome except their victory are very slim, as the quality gap is simply too great.
They are looking good in the front, currently being the most effective nation in the group, so it is reasonable to assume that a high number of goals shouldn’t be absent from this match, as they don’t tend to give that much emphasis to defending once they started scoring more.