There’s another huge Group D 2018 World Cup qualifying game taking place this Sunday, June 11th when Serbia hosts Wales at the Stadion Rajko Mitic in Belgrade. Both nations have a decent shot at reaching the tournament in Russia next year if they can manage to finish in the top two of the group. Serbia currently sits on top of Group D with 11 points, but the share the lead with the Republic of Ireland. Wales and Austria are third and fourth place respectively with each team having seven points. Georgia is in fifth spot with two points while Moldova is in last place with a lone point.
Serbia vs Wales – bet365 Soccer Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Serbia as the favorites to win the game at 4/5 with Wales 4/1 and a draw at 9/4
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Serbia vs Wales – Head to Head:
- These two teams last met on November 12th in a World Cup qualifier and played to a 1-1 draw in Wales. The two sides have met 10 times in the past with Serbia/Yugoslavia going unbeaten with six wins and four draws. They’ve also outscored the Welsh 24-11. Serbia is unbeaten in the last three meetings with two wins and a draw and has outscored Wales 10-5 in those contests.
Serbia – A Closer Look:
Serbia enters the showdown in a first-place tie with the Republic of Ireland in the six-team group with 11 points. They’re unbeaten after five games with three wins and two draws with a group-high 12 goals scored and six against. The team is currently ranked number 49 in the world by FIFA with their highest ever ranking being number six back in December of 1998. Serbia has two wins, a draw and two losses in their past five contests. Their last outing was a 3-1 victory in Georgia in a World Cup qualifier in March.
The Serbian side is currently managed by Slavoljub Muslin with Branislav Ivanovic being listed as the nation’s current team captain. Serbia used to play as Yugoslavia and then Serbia and Montenegro from 1920 to 2006 when they debuted as independent nation. Serbia/Yugoslavia has qualified for 11 World Cup tournaments with the last one being in 2010. Their best results were fourth-place finishes in 1930 and 1962. They’ve also made it to five European Championships and finished as runners up in 1960 and 1968. Yugoslavia also won a gold medal along with three silvers and a bronze in Olympic tournaments.
Wales – A Closer Look:
Wales enters this clash in a third-place tie with Austria in Group D with both countries having seven points from their five games. Wales is unbeaten in group play with a win and four draws while scoring eight times and conceding four. The Welsh team is currently ranked 13th in the world by FIFA with their highest ever ranking being eighth in October of 2015. Wales is unbeaten in their last five games, but has just one win to accompany their four draws.
Wales’ last match was a 0-0 draw in the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifier in March. The squad is currently managed by Chris Coleman with Ashley Williams being listed as the team’s captain. Wales made their debut way back in 1876 has appeared in just one World Cup, which was in Sweden in 1958. They played well and made it to the quarterfinals. They’ve also appeared in just one European Championship, which was last year in France. Once again they played well and made it to the final four.
Serbia vs Wales – Takeaway:
Wales has dropped too many points with draws and really needs a win here to bounce back into the race for a top-two group finish. There are nine European groups of six teams with the group winners automatically qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The eight second-place teams with the best records will enter a two-game playoff series.
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