Serbia will wrap up its preparations for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar with a friendly match against Bahrain at the Al Muharraq Stadium on Friday. The Eagles will begin their World Cup campaign against Brazil on November 24 and will then play their remaining two Group G matches against Cameroon and Switzerland on November 28 and December 2 respectively. Meanwhile, Bahrain has not qualified for the tournament as it finished third in Group C of the second round of the AFC qualifiers. The hosts head into the match on the back of a 2-2 draw against Canada in Friday’s friendly, while Serbia was last in action in September, beating Norway 2-0 in a Nations League match.
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Bahrain managed to share a poor performance against World Cup team Canada on Friday. The North American outfit took an early lead through Kone’s 6th-minute strike, before Mahdi Al-Humaidan leveled the scores eight minutes later. And then, five minutes after the hour mark, Abdullah Yusuf Helal converted a spot kick to put the Asian team ahead. Nine minutes before time, Ali Haram scored an own goal to make it 2-2. After Friday’s friendly, the Reds will take part in the Gulf Cup before the AFC Asian Cup in five months in January.
Serbia, on the other hand, is preparing to participate in its third World Cup, having made its debut in 2010. The Eagles had an impressive UEFA qualifying campaign, finishing top of Group A ahead of Portugal, to earn an automatic place in the final of the tournament. In their final qualifying game against Portugal, Serbia won 2–1 at the Estadio da Luz thanks to a 90th-minute winner from Aleksandar Mitrović. After that, Dragan Stojkovic’s side continued their impressive form in the Nations League, registering four wins from six matches to finish top of League B Group 4. stage fixtures. Dušan Vlahović opened the scoring before Mitrović doubled the lead to seal the win.
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Bahrain boss Helio Sousa is unlikely to make too many changes to the team that started in Friday’s 2-2 draw against Canada. Yusuf is likely to lead the line with Al-Humaidan and Marhoon in support. Al Aswad, Al Sheikh and Ali could form a midfield trio. For Serbia, Mitrovic is still recovering from an injury, so Juventus-man Vlahovic is expected to pair up with Djokovic. Dusan Tadic could be deployed behind the strikers, with Filip Kostic, Milinkovic-Savic and Lukic occupying the engine room.
Bahrain Possible starting lineup: Lutfallah, Hasan, Benaddi, Al Hayam, Said, Al Aswad, Al Sheikh, Ali, Al-Humaidan, Yusuf, Marhoon
Serbia Possible starting lineup: Rajkovic, Veljkovic, S Mitrovic, Pavlovich, Zivkovic, Milinkovic-Savic, Lukic, Kostic, Tadic, Jovic, Vlahovic
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Bahrain vs Serbia Live Schedule & Fixtures
The international friendly match between Bahrain and Serbia will take place on Friday at 9 PM IST at the Al Muharraq Stadium.
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|Kickoff Time in Bahrain||6:30 pm|
|Kickoff Time in Serbia||4:30 pm|
Where to watch Bahrain vs Serbia?
For football fans in Bahrain, the live telecast of the match will be available on Bahrain Sport 1. Meanwhile, people in Serbia can follow the live action via Sportklub 1 Serbia and Nova Serbia.