Outright Odds: a hundred/1

Team C Winners: nine/1

Serbia & Montenegro will commence in Germany as undefeated in qualifying with among the list of meanest defences in international football. They topped their qualifying team ahead of Spain, Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina and conceded only one goal in 10 matches away at Spain inside of a one-one draw.

The draw in Spain saw their defence breaches for The very first time in 8 matches, While using the preceding 7 successive clean up sheets setting a new environment report.

An Virtually watertight defence is The main element to Serbia & Montenegros results, Together with the backline beautifully marshalled by Mladen Krstajic, who plays in Germany for Schalke 04. These 꽁머니 kinds of organisation and a chance to snuff out any opposing assaults prompted Manchester United to shell out 7 million on defensive lover Nemanja Vidic who was at Spartak Moscow.

Neither participant was a household name and neither have been Dynamo Kievs Goran Gavrancic or Ivica Dragutinovic of Sevilla who manufactured up the back 4, or goalkeeper Dragoslav Jevric, presently at Turkish outfit Ankaraspor, but they will be inside the minds in their Team C opposition supervisors.

Nonetheless, Serbia & Montenegro will be the side that triggers a spanner inside the performs for the greater fancies groups in the team, in lieu of 1 which enjoys achievement them selves. Whilst They can be resolute at the again, they suffer from a lack of creativeness and don't rating a lot of ambitions.

They scored 16 ambitions in qualifying, Though 50 % of them came from San Marino throughout two matches. Goalless draws at home to Belgium, Spain and Bosnia-Herzegovina recommend they wont be threatening Significantly in Germany. Former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman, with five targets in qualifying, is their Most꽁머니 evident danger.

Nonetheless, Nikola Zigic, at 6 foot 7 inches also poses a towering presence and could cause difficulties inside the oppositions box. He also possesses wonderful consciousness and designed Kezmans profitable purpose in the final qualifier in opposition to Bosnia-Herzegovina which clinched their position inside the finals.

Inter Milan midfielder Dejan Stankovic is without doubt one of the handful of recognisable faces during the Serbia & Montenegro side and at 27, is one of the oldest, as supervisor Ilija Petkovic has properly put his faith in young expertise to replaces the retired likes of legend Predrag Mijatovic. Petkovic is himself a previous international who coached the old Yugoslavia for 2 months in 2001.

Encouraged Guess:

Serbia & Montenegro have dependent their modern, undefeated good results on being strong for the back and a hard group to break down. This might see them assert several shock draws but an absence of ambitions could see them pass up out on a place in the 2nd round. Back again them to assert a attract in opposition to Argentina within their next match.

Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro draw @ five/2