Partizan Belgrade – Red Star 18.05.2013
Serbian champion might be decided on Saturday when two Serbian giants Partizan and Crvena Zvezda take on each other in one of the most entertaining derbies in the world, therefore, the two teams should adopt a cautious approach, especially in the first half of the clash.
The reigning champions Partizan Belgrade are still the Serbian league leaders, with two points clear of bitter city rivals Crvena Zvezda in the standings. Partizanˈs displays since the New Year have been far from excellent, but Crno-Beli picked up vital three points at the weekend against Radnicki Kragujevac, one of the toughest travels in the league. Partizan did not produced a good performance against Crveni Djavoli, but the teamˈs captain Sasa Ilic scored the winner with 20 minutes to spare. Partizan should not take any risks against Crvena Zvezda and the new coach Vuk Rasovic and his men will be satisfied with a point from the Derby. Crno-beliˈs showings have been scintillating at the back of late, with the team conceding just one goal in last five league encounters. Taking all into account, the league leaders should wait for their chance in the second half of the clash against Crvena Zvezda, therefore, the two teams are likely to be level after half time whistle.
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Crvena Zvezda are brimming with confidence ahead of the Derby following an eight-game winning run, and the team is eager to put an end to Partizanˈs five-year dominance in Serbian football. Crvena Zvezda are on a verge of turning their dream into reality, but in order to do so, Crveno-beli need to defeat Partizan away from home. Considering that Crvena Zvezda won last two games against Partizan at former JNA stadium, the team will surely have their chances this weekend. Since Portuguese coach Sa Pinto took over the reigns Crveno-beliˈs performances have been promising, especially at the back, with the team conceding just three goals in last eight league fixtures. Zvezda need to keep a clean sheet in the first half which should give the team a moral boost ahead of the second part of the match, therefore, I see a great value in betting on half time draw in the Serbian Derby.