Euro 2024: England vs Serbia Preview & Betting Tips

Euro 2024 England vs Serbia Preview & Betting Tips

The wait is over. England will begin their Euro 2024 on June 16. Their burning desire for a first major trophy since 1966 has now reached an all-time high.  Three years after that heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Italy at Wembley, Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions enter the tournament as one of the favorites, having a squad brimming with young talent.

While some established names like Marcus Rashford and Jordan Henderson miss out, the likes of Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden are ready to take center stage. The pressure, however, remains immense. Having come agonizingly close on several occasions under Southgate, this feels like a defining moment for England.

Standing in their way on opening night is Serbia, a team that underwhelmed at the World Cup and arrives in Germany with a different kind of pressure – the pressure of the underdog.

It remains to be seen whether the Three Lions will be able to start their campaign with a bang or if Serbia will tame the Lions and shock them with an upset. The England vs Serbia match has all the elements to be a cracker and it will certainly be an entertaining game of football for the neutral supporters.

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England Team Preview

EnglandEngland head into their Euro 2024 opener against Serbia needing a response after a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Iceland in their final send-off match. Despite the recent stumble, England possesses a wealth of talent all over the pitch.

Gareth Southgate’s squad has a world-class attack led by the in-form Harry Kane. Kane’s blistering form in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich (36 goals in 32 games) is a positive sign, and his scoring record for England speaks for itself (10 goals in the last 10 competitive internationals). Surrounding Kane are exciting young talents like Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, and Cole Palmer. This blend of experience and youthful exuberance could prove explosive against a Serbian defense that struggled at the World Cup.

Expect a 4-3-3 formation from England to exploit the height advantage of Serbia’s defenders. This approach has proven successful against similar teams. However, concerns remain about England’s leaky defense, especially when playing a high line.

Southgate’s challenge will be to solidify the backline while unleashing the attacking potential of his young squad. A strong showing against Serbia is crucial to set the tone for their Euro 2024 campaign.

England Predicted XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier, Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Bellingham, Saka, Foden, Kane (c)

Serbia Team Preview

SerbiaSerbia arrives at Euro 2024 hungry to prove themselves after missing the 2020 edition. Led by manager Dragan Stojković, they have attacking firepower and a squad determined to make history. Their qualification campaign saw mixed results, finishing second in their group. However, they learned from past mistakes and secured a well-deserved spot in the Euros.

They have experienced players like captain Dušan Tadić and midfield maestro Sergej Milinković-Savić. Up front, the fearsome duo of Aleksandar Mitrović and Dušan Vlahović provides a significant goal threat, with 58 combined club goals this season. Their contrasting styles – Mitrović’s aerial prowess and Vlahović’s long-range finishing will be lethal for the English defenders.

You can expect a cautious approach from Serbia, utilizing their towering defense (all players above 184 cm) to nullify England’s attack, especially the threat of aerial balls. They will likely look to exploit England’s leaky defense with quick counter-attacks, relying on Milinković-Savić’s playmaking and the finishing duo of Mitrović and Vlahović.

Serbia’s Achilles’ heel remains their defense. While their height is an advantage, they lack experience playing against top-tier attackers. Capitalizing on any defensive lapses will be crucial for England. Serbia’s potential as a dark horse lies in their attacking firepower. If they can exploit England’s weaknesses, they could cause a major upset in their opening match.

Serbia Predicted XI: Rajkovic, Milenkovic, Mitrovic, Kolarov, Gudelj, Milinkovic-Savic, Tadic, Maksimovic,Kostic, Mitrovic (c), Vlahovic

England vs Serbia Betting Odds

Serbia 8.00 – Draw 4.75 — 1.49 England (Parimatch)

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England vs Serbia Head-to-Head Stats

There’s no history of competitive matches between England and Serbia, making this encounter a fresh chapter in their international story. This lack of data presents a unique challenge for both teams.

With no head-to-head stats, recent form becomes a bigger talking point. England’s 1 out of 5 wins in the last 5 matches raises concerns, while Serbia’s attacking display in their qualifiers provides optimism.

Both teams can approach the game with more tactical freedom. They can experiment with formations and strategies without worrying about past vulnerabilities exposed by their opponent.