Portugal vs Serbia predictions and betting tips for this Monday’s Euro 2020 Qualifier on March 25th with an anytime goalscorer tip and goals prediction included.
Portugal let punters down on Friday night with a hugely disappointing goalless draw against Ukraine. Fernando Santos’ men dominated throughout the game, but they couldn’t find a way through, and they will face a similar challenge this time around. Serbia are dangerous, and it’s hard to trust the hosts at quotes of 4/7. See our Portugal vs Serbia predictions below.
Fernando Santos says he remains ‘unpeturbed’ by his side’s failure to see off Ukraine on Friday, and believes that it give his side ‘more strength’ ahead of their second successive match on home soil. Even the inclusion of Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t inspire them to victory, and this match will not be easy for the Iberians. Albeit in a friendly, Serbia held Germany to a draw last time out, and they enjoyed a very successful Nations League campaign prior to that. Having played 24 hours earlier than their opponents, and having been able to heavily rotate, they should be ready for this game, and will be keen to get their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to a flying start. The Serbs haven’t lost an away game in any competitions since October 2017, conceding a last minute goal against Austria, and they should remain competitive throughout. Having already been stung by Ronaldo and co, many punters will be keen to avoid backing Portugal at odds-on quotes on Monday night, and I actually think there is serious value in backing the draw at 3/1. Serbia It is the first of our Portugal vs Serbia betting tips and predictions for Monday.
This will be a fiercely competitive clash between two sides who will be keen to get some points on board. Portugal may be struggling in front of goal, but they are always incredibly tough to break down. In the Nations League, they beat Italy 1-0 courtesy of a second half goal, and they only conceded against Poland once they’d been reduced to ten men. They will keep it tight here, particularly during the opening exchanges. Serbia’s game-plan is likely to revolve around keeping it tight for as long as possible, and hitting Portugal with a suckerpunch. This could result in a fairly cagey, low-scoring first half, and there is value is backing 0-0 as a HT score. It lands often for the hosts, particularly in their own backyard. 0-0 HT Correct Score is priced at 13/8, and offers far bigger odds than taking quotes of 4/6 about Under 2.5 Goals.
Serbia have a new superstar in their side, and Luka Jovic could be the man to unlock the notoriously water-tight Portuguese defence. He fired home against Germany with an instinctive finish, and he’s enjoying a breakout season with Eintracht Frankfurt. He’s relished playing against top opposition in the Europa League this year, and he’s the likliest player to score for the visitors. Jovic has been in terrific form, and those travelling fans will be expecting another top-class display here. With Ronaldo taking a huge chunk out of the anytime goalscorer betting market, there is value on backing Jovic here, and he’s available at 19/5. He is the third of our Portugal vs Serbia betting tips for Monday night.
Portugal’s price drifted slightly following their disappointing goalless draw against Ukraine, but they’re still available at 4/7 to pick up three points. The draw is available at 3/1, whilst Serbia can be backed to cause a shock at around 11/2.
The bookmakers aren’t expecting many goals on Monday evening, with Under 2.5 Goals priced at 4/6. Anyone who fancies backing a high-scoring event can take 23/20 about Over 2.5 Goals, and that looks a huge price. Both Teams to Score is priced up at 6/5.
Unsurprisingly, it’s Madeira’s favourite son who leads the way in the first goalscorer market. Ronaldo can be backed at 21/20 to break the deadlock in this game, and he is followed by Andre Silva, who is 4/1. Diogo Jota and Pizza are 5/1 and 6/1 respectively to grab the first goal of the game, whilst our anytime goalscorer selection, Luka Jovic can be backed at 10/1 with Bet365