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The new coach has been brought in to reinvigorate the eastern European nation after some poor results, but Al Hain-Cole is backing Roberto Soldado to help tear the team asunder

New Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic could not have asked for a more daunting first game in charge, as his side go toe-to-toe with World and European champions Spain.

The former Fiorentina boss has been brought in after his country's disappointing failure to make it to Poland and Ukraine for Euro 2012. In stark contrast, their opponents on Saturday breezed through qualifying with a 100-per-cent record.

However, this clash should see two rather unfamiliar line-ups, as both managers could take the opportunity to try out some fresh faces.

With the Copa del Rey final taking place on Friday night, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao players will be conspicuous in their absence in Switzerland.

Nevertheless, La Roja should have enough to comfortably conquer a young Serbia squad that features 19 players under the age of 25, with an average age of just 23.

Predictably, the bookies are expecting the teams to stay true to form, with Spain at 4/11 (1.36) to win with Paddy Power.

Backing Serbia to benefit from the boost of a new manager could pay out handsomely at 7/1 (8.00), but realistically even a draw at 7/2 (4.50) seems like a long shot.

The White Eagles have failed to hit the back of the net in four of their last five games, and you can get odds of 5/4 (2.25) on this goalless run continuing and Spain coming out on top.

One glimmer of hope for the eastern European nation is their opponent's mediocre recent form in friendlies, with defeat by England and a draw with Costa Rica still reasonably fresh in the memory.

However, Vicente del Bosque's men were back on track in their last run-out, beating Venezuela 5-0 thanks to a Roberto Soldado hat-trick.

The pressure is on the attacker to maintain such impressive international form in the absence of the injured David Villa, and the Valencia striker seems like a safe bet to do just that at 10/11 (1.91) to score anytime.


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Soldado to score at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power
Spain to win without conceding at 5/4 (2.25) with Paddy Power

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Alasdair Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Alasdair you can follow him on Twitter here.

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