Cyprus U21 – Serbia U21 11.10.2013
To extend the opening good result in this Group 9 of the European qualifying, the U21 Serbia visits today Cyprus to face their U21 squad.
The single game that Serbia played so far was the best possible winning the three points after defeating this same Cyprus by 2-1, precisely today’s opponent. So far Serbia visited Cyprus twice in U21 and won the two times.
With just one game played, the team is six points far from the leader Belgium, and this is because Belgium won all the three games they played so far. And to me is possible dream with reaching the leadership and catch Belgium in this qualifying.
They made a good performance when they received Cyprus and they showed value enough to get a place in the next European Championship. The expectation is that they will defeat Cyprus again. The home advantage of Cyprus is not crucial. Serbia use to be comfortable in their visits to Cyprus, because they played there twice winning both times. The fact that this game will be away will not be important to Serbia as they are superior and they need to win the three points.
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The team is confident. They work hard to can be now in a row of five unbeaten games. The last defeat was against Holland but since then they got two draws and three wins. If they win they will climb in the table and all the team is motivated. Of course the Cyprus already showed they are strong, even more at home, but in the last game against Serbia, where they were defeated 2-1 without performing well, they have improve much more to get a positive result this time.
Cyprus could just win one of the three games they played so far in this European Qualifying. This makes them be in the second bottom place, being just up from Northern Ireland, precisely the team they could defeat and they are already seeing the European Championship too far for them.
The Cyprus is in the opposite way to Serbia, who is coming from defeating them and have an eye in the first place of the Group to get the passport to the European Championship. The Serbia has a big team, and Cyprus already knows it. Cyprus will try to defend well and score in counter attack.
Looking to the result in Serbia one month ago and seeing the poor form of Cyprus, i think will not be the home advantage that will give favoritism to the hosts here. As I said, Serbia already showed that play in Cyprus is not a problem to them and like this I think that they can perfectly get the three points today.