Serbia and Austria’s U21 sides will take to the field on Monday evening for the first round of fixtures in the European U21 Championships, with the venue set for the Stadio Nereo Rocco and kick off at 5:30pm. The pair will be right up for this one as the tournament is generally well received and provides some younger players with the perfect platform to display their talents to the world. The other teams in the group are Denmark and Germany, the latter boasting some fantastic quality through the years and looking like one of the favourites again.
Serbia U21 vs Austria U21 Match Preview
Serbia have never been beaten by Austria’s U21 side, winning two and drawing two of their four previous encounters. In their matches leading up to these championships, Serbia won four and drew two of their six games, keeping four clean sheets in the four outings immediately prior to the tournament’s beginning. This run began with two goalless stalemates versus their upcoming opponents and Armenia, both on home soil in October. A solid, yet tight victory over North Macedonia in November will have rebuilt confidence amongst the camp after failing to score for successive matches, and upon their journey to Poland they ran out 0-2 victors through strikes from Erhan Masovic and Lazar Randjelovic late in the second half. Manager Goran Djorovic has some brilliant talent at his disposal such as Randjelovic and Andrija Zivkovic, so expect a few magnificent displays during this competition.
Austria’s U21 are still searching for their first ever win over Serbia’s U21 team, and they will see this as the perfect opportunity to finally come out on top. It was a near seamless warm up for this tournament, undefeated in all but one of the nine preceding matches before the championships started. The sole loss in that time came away from home versus Spain, in which they were battered and bruised as the Spaniards hit them for three through a brace from Carlos Soler and one from Marc Roca ten minutes from time. A scoreless draw against Italy wasn’t an incredible result, but acceptable, while the matchup on home soil when hosting France went as planned thanks to a brace from Hannes Wolf helping them on their way to a 3-1 win.
Serbia U21 vs Austria U21 Team News
Regarding injury news for Serbia, they look set to be without Boris Radunovic and Uros Racic as both face late tests to return to action in this one. It is likely that Randjelovic will start up top again alongside new Real Madrid star Luka Jovic, with the midfield aiming to put him through on goal at every possible chance. Sasa Lukic is another who could start, while Nikola Milenkovic in defense has begun to make a name for himself and this could be his breakthrough tournament. Jovic was something of a surprise inclusion in the U21 championships, but he will only be a huge bonus rather than a negative member of the camp.
Alessandro Schopf faces a fight against the clock to be in with a chance of featuring in this fixture as he has returned to training following a knee problem, and other than that there’s no injury worries for Austria. Head coach Werner Gergoritsch has ample talent amongst the ranks, Marco Friedl, Florian Kainz and notably Louis Schaub who created thirteen goals for FC Koln just to name a few. It is up front where they are lacking, with none of their front three scoring more than four goals in the entirety of this campaign, so that is an area they will be hoping to work on as the tournament progresses.
Reasons for Serbia U21 vs Austria U21 Betting Tips
With Serbia having the edge over their opponents in terms of previous results and confidence going into this encounter, we can see this going only one way. Skybet have Serbia to win and both teams not to score at 2/1, and with the frailties of Austria’s front men evident from their outings prior to the European championships, we’re not so sure that they’ll start scoring here. Luka Jovic is one of the best young talents in all of world football and he’ll be desperate to give his side the best chance that he can in order to make it further in the competition. Due to this, we expect Serbia to find the net aplenty, with Skybet’s odds of 7/2 for Serbia to score 3+ looking great from our point of view. If you think more than 2.5 goals will be scored, just as we do, you’ll find that Skybet have 11/10 in that department and with Jovic on top of his game, we wouldn’t be overly surprised if he bagged all of them.
Serbia U21 to win and both teams not to score at 2/1
Serbia U21 to score 3+ at 7/2
Over 2.5 goals at 11/10