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  • September 12, 2012
  • • 02:30
  • • Stadion Karađorđe, Novi Sad
  • Referee: Duarte Nuno Pereira Gomes
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Serbia - Wales Preview: Search for first goal under Chris Coleman continues

Serbia - Wales Preview: Search for first goal under Chris Coleman continues

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Having lost 2-0 to Belgium in their opening World Cup qualifier, The Dragons travel to Novi Sad to take on a Serbian side that drew 0-0 with Scotland at Hampden Park last time out

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SERBIA

Stojkovic
Ivanovic, Bisevac, Nastasic, Kolarov
Tosic, Mijailovic, Ignjovski, Ninkovic
Djuricic, Lazovic

WALES

Myhill
Gunter, Matthews, Williams, Blake
Edwards, Allen, Church, Ramsey, Bale
Vokes


Serbia are likely to stick with the same team that drew 0-0 with Scotland at Hampden Park. Their defence will be reliant on Premier League stars Branislav Ivanovic and Aleksandr Kolarov, who both looked solid against the Scots.

Going forward, former Manchester United midfielder Zoran Tosic could be key for the Serbs, as the most capped midfielder in their squad.

For the Welsh, James Collins will be suspended after his red card against Belgium.

Having missed the 2-0 defeat to the Belgians with a virus, Joe Allen should make his return against the Serbs, with Ashley Williams returning to his favoured position in central defence.

Otherwise, Wales may not make many other changes, as they continue to look for a first goal under manager Chris Coleman.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wales have lost three consecutive games by a score of 2-0, with those defeats coming against Belgium in their first World Cup qualifier, and in friendlies against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Mexico.
  • Central defender Sam Ricketts (pictured, right) of Bolton and Wales was once a keen horseman, and his father was the world show jumping champion of 1978, Derek Ricketts.
  • Welsh midfielder David Vaughan played for manager Chris Coleman when he was in charge of Real Sociedad in Spain, but made only nine appearances in the Spanish second tier before joining Blackpool in August 2008.
  • In nine senior internationals between these two sides, Serbia are undefeated, having taken six wins and three draws against the Welsh, scoring 22 goals in the process.
  • This game will be Serbia's third straight game against one of the so-called 'Home Nations', having faced Scotland in their first World Cup qualifier, and the Republic of Ireland before that in a friendly.
  • Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic spent time on loan with Wigan Athletic in 2010 as cover for Richard Kingson while he was at the Africa Cup of Nations. Stojkovic made four appearances for the Latics, and became the fourth Serbian goalkeeper to play in English football.
  • Serbia have qualified for the last two World Cup finals, but have been unable to progress from the group stage, with the 2010 tournament being their first since Montenegro declared independence.

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