16/06: Serbia vs England-Euro 2024

Betting Predictions

The Three Lions’ quest to win Euro 2024 will begin Sunday night at the Veltins-Arena when they take on Group C foes Serbia. England hopes to overcome the nightmares of Euro 2020.

Since the European championships began, neither country has hoisted the Henri Delaunay Trophy above its head. Denmark and Slovenia will also present fierce opposition for the coveted knockout spots.


Since Serbia gained its independence in 2006, England has never before met Serbia. The Three Lions had previously played a friendly match against Serbia & Montenegro in 2003, which they won 2-1 thanks to goals from Joe Cole and Steven Gerrard. The Three Lions finished with six wins, two draws, and notable victories over North Macedonia and Ukraine, the latter by a crushing 7-0 thumping at Old Trafford. They also kept four clean sheets in their eight group games. The victories came both home and away against Italy and Malta.

Team News

In contrast to certain rivals for Euro 2024, Serbia emerged from the June pre-season physically unharmed and with every key player available, which presents Stojkovic with the ideal selection conundrum in the last third.

The Eagles manager has a history of not starting both Vlahovic and Mitrovic up top, and he may continue to do so in this game. Tadic, who has made 108 appearances all-time for Serbia, can return to the attacking third. Nemanja Maksimovic rested for Sweden’s victory against Austria following a blow to the head, might perhaps return to the engine room. At the same time, Milos Veljkovic of Werder Bremen should go back to the three-man defensive wall in front of Vanja Milinkovic-Savic or Predrag Rajkovic.

Regarding England, Southgate seems to have escaped a health crisis involving star defender John Stones, who was also hurt in the loss to Iceland and was effectively isolated to his bedroom before returning to regular training. As a result, Kieran Trippier will continue to hold down the left midfield position for Southgate. Luke Shaw, who has fully recovered from a muscular injury but won’t be risked just yet, should be the lone player missing for Sunday’s opening.

Probable Line-Up

England XI:

Pickford; Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier; Alexander-Arnold, Rice; Saka, Bellingham, Foden; Kane

Serbia XI:  

V. Milinkovic-Savic; Veljkovic, Milenkovic, Pavlovic; Zivkovic, Maksimovic, Lukic, Kostic; S. Milinkovic-Savic, Tadic; Mitrovic


Tip: England to Win


Expect Jordan Pickford’s goal to be broken at least once at the Veltins-Arena since a third of Serbia’s qualification goals came from headers, the greatest ratio of all 24 teams at Euro 2024. Additionally, England will be without Harry Maguire, their aerial threat. Despite England’s sluggish attacking efforts against a desperate Iceland, Southgate can now field a nearly full-strength squad, and his players need to rise to the challenge and secure three points immediately.

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Since both Serbia and England had inconsistent results coming into the tournament and both sides know how crucial it is to win their first game, this match will likely be close and occasionally tense. Since both clubs are undoubtedly stronger offensively than defensively, it seems likely that this Group C match will include goals on both ends.

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