International: Serbia V Poland – Serbs look to make amends for Kiwi setback

2nd June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Serbia coach, Radomir Antic, will be looking for a quick response from his players, after their 1-0 loss to New Zealand in Klagenfurt, Austria, on May 29th dented their World Cup prearations. A Shane Smeltz goal ensured Serbia would start their World Cup warm up in disappointing fashion after previously enjoying a six match winning streak in internationals. Moreover, Smeltz’s goal, a scruffy one at that, ended a run of four games without conceding, so that Kiwi loss has certainly halted the Serbian momentum heading into the finals.

Today, however, the Serbian players will have the chance to make amends against the Polish. The ‘Poles’ were massively disappointing during qualifying for South Africa and even finished behind Northern Ireland as well as Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia. They are, though, unbeaten in their last four internationals and will be gearing up for the Euro 2010 qualification campaign which starts in a few months time. And after a miserable time of things in qualifying for South Africa, finishing well below where they expected, they’ll have high hopes of a more fruitful EURO campaign, while the players should display some eagerness and eandeavour to impress in front of their coach, Franciszek Smuda, ahead of qualifying. Their recent results include a 2-0 win over Bulgaria and a 0-0 draw with Finland,although both were on Polish soil, losing just once in 2010 against Denmark over in Thailand 3-1. Key players for them will be forward Robert Lewandowski, defender Michal Zewlakow and pacey winger Jakub Blaszczyjkowski.

Those which featured in that 1-0 defeat to New Zealand will want to restore some faith the manager has bestowed upon them, with the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Branislav Ivanovic, Marko Pantelic and Nikola Zigic all aiming to perform to a far higher standard this afternoon. The Serbia defence should be fairly strong, as it appears on paper, but against the Kiwi’s it was sloppy and untidy at times. In midfield, more openings need to be created to a higher standard so that Zigic, a giant compared to most defenders, can get on the end of everything. The newly signed Birmingham City player became isolated up front against New Zealand because of the irregularity of the service into him and it was evident that he wasn’t happy with proceedings, as were the Serbian fans, who displayed their frustrations by hurling missles onto the pitch minutes before the final whistle. In the end captain Nemanja Vidic, a rock in the heart of the Manchester United defence over in England, had to get on the microphone and calm their irrational fans down. if the Serbian players want to avoid another distrurbing performance from their fans, they’ll need to keep them happy on the pitch with victory.

 

Radomir Antic is likely to start with the same team which started the game with new Zealand, more or less. Zigic will once again lead the line up front by himself, although Pentlic and Tosic will play off him. Talented CSKA Moscow play-maker, Milos Krasic, was merely a second half substitute against New Zealand last week, but his promising display may have earned him a call up to the starting eleven. Veteran Dejan Stankovic, whose vast experience will benefit the entire camp, was another introduced in the second half against the Kiwi’s and could be in line to start from the off as coach Antic aims to avoid another fatal slip up. Subotic, Vidic, Ivanovic and Kolarov will more than likely be the starting back four.

 

Match Odds:

Serbia – 1.80 Boylesports

Draw – 3.60 Bet365

Poland – 5.00 WilliamHill

 



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