Serbia (@1.006) vs Romania (@17.0)
02-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Serbia will win

Serbia – Romania Match Prediction | 02-09-2019 10:00

Romania are unbeaten in 2018 and have five of the seven games they have played since a friendly loss to the Netherlands in November. Last time out, when Lithuania grabbed a late equaliser in Vilnius to cancel out Alexandru Chipcius opener, it looked to be heading for another draw until Alexandru Maxims dramatic stoppage-time winner. They started the UEFA Nations League with two draws 0-0 at home to ten-man Montenegro and then 2-2 in Serbia, as Nicolae Stanciu and George Tucudean cancelled out Aleksandar Mitrovics double.

However, the fact Montenegro went down to ten men for the last 15 minutes will cause concern for the manager about the sides ability to break down teams. Moreover, their first Nations League match saw them held to a goalless draw against Montenegro at home. Although a stalemate at home isnt the best result, they had 18 attempts at goal, which was an improvement on their last result against them, when they lost 1-0 in World Cup qualifying.

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Constantin Budescu has withdrawn from the Romania squad through injury, joining a growing absentee list that also includes Mihai Pintilii, Eric Bicfalvi and Vlad Chiriches, while Florin Andone only just back from injury for Brighton - has also not been included in the squad. Midfielders Alexandru Chipciu and Paul Anton both picked up their second yellow cards in the win against Lithuania last time out and will be suspended, meaning at least two changes from that starting line-up.

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The Tricolorii went the farthest in 2000, when they were eliminated by Italy in the quarter-finals. Led by arguably their best ever footballer Gheorghe Hagi, the Tricolorii narrowly missed out on the semi-finals at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, losing to Sweden on penalties. Romania made a total of seven appearances at the World Cup finals, while qualifying for five European Championship tournaments.

Expert Verdict: Romania and Serbia put their unbeaten starts to the UEFA Nations League on the line in Bucharest, having drawn with each other in Belgrade last month. The winner will put themselves in a commanding position to win the group and, with Aleksandar Mitrovic in fine scoring form, the visitors could become the first team to beat Romania in 2018.

They have bounced back from that disappointment well, making a great start to their Nations League campaign. Mitrovic has been the catalyst for their good form, scoring 4 times in their opening 3 games, meaning the former Anderlecht striker has bagged 9 goals in 11 games for club and season this season. Serbia enter this Nations League campaign on the back of a disappointing World Cup run, they were knocked out in the group stages with one win and two losses from their three games, resulting in a 3rd place finish in Group E.

Romania are very solid on home soil, they have lost just one of their last ten home games in all competitions, a 3-0 defeat to Netherlands. Serbia will have their work cut out on Sunday. They have also lost just two of their last 15 home competitive fixtures, proving they are tough to beat at Arena Naional. They have beaten some decent sides in that run, two 3-2 wins vs Chile, 2-0 vs Turkey and 1-0 win vs Sweden being the highlights.

We predict a home win. Romania have won their last three games and have seven wins in the last 10 matches, with their last defeat coming from the Netherland back in November last year. The third match between these two nations will take place at the Rajko Miti stadium in Belgrade. Still, Serbia have a talented and attacking squad and can score more than the opponent. Before that they werent on a bad run, winning five of eight games. This will be an important game for Serbia to win if they are looking to top the group. This will give them confidence that they can spoil a party and grab some points away in Serbia. Even though they are European neighbors, Serbia and Romania have only met on two occasions and Serbia won both times. The last two matches Serbia played were defeats against Brazil and Switzerland in the World Cup where they didnt make it into the elimination rounds.

Correct score prediction: Serbia 2-1 Romania

This will give them confidence that they can spoil a party and grab some points away in Serbia. The third match between these two nations will take place at the Rajko Miti stadium in Belgrade. The last two matches Serbia played were defeats against Brazil and Switzerland in the World Cup where they didnt make it into the elimination rounds. Before that they werent on a bad run, winning five of eight games. This will be an important game for Serbia to win if they are looking to top the group. Even though they are European neighbors, Serbia and Romania have only met on two occasions and Serbia won both times. We predict a home win. Still, Serbia have a talented and attacking squad and can score more than the opponent. Romania have won their last three games and have seven wins in the last 10 matches, with their last defeat coming from the Netherland back in November last year.

Expert Verdict: Serbia are the only World Cup qualifiers to have ended up in the third tier of the new UEFA Nations League but a win at home to in-form Romania would put them in a commanding position in Group C4. Nevertheless, Romania have been difficult to beat lately and can get at least a draw to back up their opening draw with Montenegro.

Serbia are the group leaders at the half way stage and are the favourites to gain promotion to League B. They opened up with a 1-0 away win at Lithuania thanks to a Tadic penalty, then followed that up with a 2-2 draw at home to Romania thanks to a brace from Fulham striker Mitrovic. They have won two and drawn one of their opening three games. They made it 7 points from three games as they breezed past Montenegro 2-0 away from home with Mitrovic again in the headlines with another two goal haul.