International Friendly: Serbia V Cameroon – Saturday, 5th June

4th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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 Serbia V Cameroon

Saturday, 5th June – 19:30 GMT
International Friendly


Serbia Focus

Serbia were one of several to shake up the European round of qualifying by topping Group 7. Radomir Antic, the Serbia coach, masterminded Serbia’s qualification to South Africa when guiding the country to seven wins from ten qualifiers. As a result, Serbia finished above the 1998 World Cup winners France by a solitary point, thus avoiding the need for a play-off but also raising the expectation levels with their automatic route into South Africa.

Antic has got the very best out of Serbia using discipline and stability as the foundations to a successful World Cup path. Throughout the course of qualifying they were remarkably well organised, rock-solid at the back and often too strong up front. On paper, it wasn’t actually too difficult to spot why Serbia were so successful. In defence they have two players of high Premiership standard in Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic, with the latter almost always mentioned in the ‘best defender in the world’ debates. These two provide the lower support for what is a solid Serbian core, with Inter Milan veteran Dejan Stankovic in the centre of the park and bulky centre-forward Nikloa Zigic – a staggering 6ft 7incs tall. It’s a pretty lean spine, one which comes across as stern and unbreakable almost.

They aren’t just about solidity and power though, as with players such as Krasic, Tosic and Pantelic in the team Serbia do have the trickery in their locker to forage deep into the oppositions half. However, for whatever reason, their successful tactical formula which worked during qualification hasn’t been baring fruit in these early Friendly warm up encounters, with Serbia failing register a win as of yet and potentially about to nosedive straight into the tournament on a couple of sour notes.


On May 29th, Serbia were defeated by one of the ranked outsiders in New Zealand, with that result alone putting the cat amongst the pigeons in terms of just how good an E/W punt Serbia are, as they are one of the more popular outside bets right now. On June 2nd, Serbia fans were again left frustrated and concerned after seeing their side conjure a miserable looking 0-0 draw with Poland. It means Serbia are without a win in their last two internationals after previously enjoying a run of six straight wins, and could potentially head into their Group D opener against Ghana with no momentum and very little confidence. They do, though, have one final opportunity to change all that when they take on another nation with poor pre-World Cup form, Cameroon.

If Serbia are to restore some faith, some momentum which has been lost because of this recent poor two-game run, they simply have to beat a Cameroon side who themselves are without a win during this Friendly period, after two draws and a loss.

Radomir Antic may need to withdraw the services of Nikola Zigic if Serbia are to enjoy some success in front of goal after a miserable spell recently, with Serbia without a goal even in their last two internationals against fairly mediocre teams. Instead, Liverpool-bound Milan Jovanovic could be the call, a player with a more enthusiastic attitude and one which will ensure the Cameroon defence remain on their toes throughout. While Zigic is a menace in the air, he’s so easy to mark and to keep tabs on. Jovanovic will give Serbia something different, a player which can make a chance for himself instead of Zigic relying on everyone else doing his dirty work.


Match Odds:

Serbia – 1.95 bWin
Draw – 3.30 WilliamHill
Cameroon – 4.00 SkyBet

World-Cup-Betting Bet: Milan Jovanovic FGS – 6.00 PaddyPower

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