On November 19, the match of the 10th round of qualifying for Euro 2024 will take place at Dubocica (Leskovac), in which the Serbian national team will meet with the Bulgarian national team. The match will begin at 15:00 Kyiv time.
The national team has been playing under the leadership of Dragan Stojkovic since the last cycle. He was one of the best players in what was then Yugoslavia at the end of the last century, and, of course, the idol, if not of the current players of the national team, then of their parents. Until his current position, Pixie worked only in Japan and China. But it was this specialist who revived the sporting glory of the Serbs, winning the qualifying group for the World Cup against Portugal, and then within the League of Nations. Yes, in Qatar, at the World Cup, the team again did not make it to the playoffs – but at the same time there were no usual scandals, and even Stojkovic’s resignation. Not everything worked out in 2023, which is worth the 2 defeats of Hungary. But after the October 3-1 with Montenegro, they were 5 points ahead of her. We started the current window with a friendly match against Belgium, looking more at how Jovetic and company played there. In the end, they themselves lost, but the neighbors did not give a gift.
The team is already preparing for the next cycle. The current Lions have already failed, and very quickly and hopelessly. Only in June did we manage not to lose, having played 1-1 either with modest Lithuania or just at home with the Serbs. But even before that, in the spring, there were defeats, and in the fall we lost both in official matches and in friendly matches. They even lost to the Balts, also at home, finishing with Jankauskis’s team 0-2. This doomed him to last place in the group. It is not surprising that Krstajic was removed from the coaching post – he was replaced by a local specialist, Iliev. Ilian made his debut in the last round, with the leader, Hungary. And they almost won: Petkov’s own goal in the 97th minute prevented it, which brought a 2-2 draw.
Statistics of personal meetings
In previous matches, in 2008 and 2010, the Serbs won – even when they played the match with ten men.
Bookmakers do not believe that the Bulgarians will present two surprises in a row. We are waiting for a Serbian victory here with a handicap of -1 (odds – 1.8).
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