Serbia - Scotland Preview: Fletcher out as Tartan Army seek first win in Group A
Gordon Strachan's side will be without the Sunderland frontman as they travel to Belgrade to take on a team who, like themselves, have little more than pride to play for
By Charlie Burgon
Ivanovic, Subotic, Bisevac, Nastasic
Stevanovic, Djuricic, Tosic
Hutton, Mulgrew, Caldwell, Hanley
Burke, McArthur, Adam, Commons
Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic fielded a team lacking in experience against Croatia on Friday. The squad, however, have picked up no new injuries and will likely retain its shape.
Alexander Kolarov could be replaced by Matija Nastasic at left-back with Milan Bisevac coming in at centre-half after a poor performance in Zagreb during which the Manchester City man gifted the opposition a goal in the first half.
Gordon Strachan will be without striker Steven Fletcher (ankle), who has returned to his club. Scotland are still without a midfield trio of Darren Fletcher (bowel), James Morrison (hamstring) and Scott Brown (hip), and Kenny Miller is a doubt with suggestions that he was struggling toward the latter end of the contest with Wales. Robert Snodgrass misses out due to suspension.
Strachan may opt for two up front in this game as both his team and their opposition on the night are now effectively playing for pride, with the race to qualify for Brazil 2014 all but lost.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Rising star Stefan Scepovic has scored more than a goal every other game in his last two seasons in domestic football. The 23 year-old is currently on loan from FK Partisan to Ashdod and has scored four goals in his last six games.
- Scotland winger Kris Commons has scored 13 goals for Celtic this season and one more will equal his career best.
- Jordan Rhodes (pictured) is currently the third highest scorer in the Championship with 22 goals. The closest Scot to him is Craig Mackail-Smith on 11, but he was not named in Strachan's 28-man squad.
Rhodes is 9/1 with BetVictor to score first in this match.
- Only two players in the Scotland squad have played more games for their country than Gordon Strachan: Kenny Miller (67) and Gary Caldwell (54). However, unlike their new manager, neither have played in a World Cup.
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Top 3 Predictions
Serbia 2-0 Scotland
- 20.51 %
Serbia 2-1 Scotland
- 11.11 %
Serbia 1-0 Scotland
- 10.26 %
|World Cup 2014 (Europe) (WCQE)||Mar 27, 2013||Serbia 2 - Scotland 0|
|World Cup 2014 (Europe) (WCQE)||Sep 8, 2012||Scotland 0 - Serbia 0|
|Mar 6, 2014||Republic of Ireland 1 - Serbia 2||FR|
|Nov 16, 2013||Russia 1 - Serbia 1||FR|
|Oct 16, 2013||Serbia 5 - Macedonia FYR 1||WCQE|
|Oct 11, 2013||Serbia 2 - Japan 0||FR|
|Sep 11, 2013||Wales 0 - Serbia 3||WCQE|
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