It’s a new dawn for Germany, with coach Joachim Low looking to use this tricky friendly as a means of finalising his tactical plan for what promises to be a challenging qualifying group, potentially utilising a 4-3-3 formation to take some focus off of a lack of depth in the central striking department.
Serbia have enviable attacking options but should they start, the ageing full-backs could be in for a long evening against the hosts rapid wide players.
This should be an entertaining affair with plenty of in-form players on either side, but the hosts should just have the edge.
It’s been a case of out with the old and in with the new for Joachim Low, who told Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller that they would no longer come into consideration, though the long-standing coach has reaffirmed that Manuel Neuer remains his first choice keeper, despite a disappointing season so far.
That said, Marc-Andre ter Stegen may well start this friendly, while Leipzig’s Lukas Klostermann, Hertha Berlin’s Niklas Stark and Werder Bremen’s Maximilian Eggestein are all hoping to make their debuts. Bet Now on NaijaBet.com
The likes of Leon Goretzka (minor injury) and Timo Werner (illness) may not be risked ahead of what already looks like a crucial qualifier against Netherlands at the weekend, though the latter is the only natural striker in the squad, and Serge Gnabry is out of Wednesday’s game through injury.
Serbia- Matija Nastasic and Luka Milivojevic have both withdrawn from the squad, while the likes of Nemanja Matic and Marko Grujic didn’t make the cut due to injury.
Predrag Rajkovic and Marko Dmitrovic are still competing for the starting spot in goal, while there is strong competition for places in midfield with Ljubomir Fejsa, Adem Ljajic, Andrija Zivkovic and Mijat Gacinovic all in with a chance of starting.
In-form Frankfurt winger Filip Kostic should get the nod on familiar territory, while so too could teammate Luka Jovic, who is still likely to play second fiddle to Aleksandar Mitrovic once the qualifying campaign gets underway given the Fulham striker’s impressive international record.
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