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Serbia v England Prediction, Tips and Odds: Three Lions to make winning start

England are still on the hunt for a first-ever European Championship title and the beaten 2020 finalists will expect to see off Serbia in their Euro 2024 Group C opener.

Serbia have been regulars at the World Cup, competing at three of the last four, but they haven’t reached the European Championship finals since separating from Montenegro in 2006.

A closely-fought, low-scoring contest is predicted by Dan Childs, who has picked out his three best bets for the Gelsenkirchen encounter.

England are 9/20 to secure the victory while the draw is 7/2 and a Serbia success is a 6/1 chance.

Serbia v England Betting

Dan Childs' Serbia v England tips and predictions

England win to nil - 5/4

There has been a lot of talk about England’s potential defensive weaknesses in the build-up to Euro 2024, but some of those doubts can be answered by a victory and a clean sheet in their Group C opener against Serbia.

Gareth Southgate’s side are 5/4 to win with a shutout and that looks a reasonable wager in a match which is unlikely to generate a glut of clear-cut chances.

England were sluggish when losing 1-0 to Iceland in their final warm-up game, but they have had plenty of time to reassess and put things right.

The general lack of intensity against Iceland should be easy enough to address.

Too many players were either wary of getting injured or simply going through the motions but that is highly unlikely to be the case at the start of a major tournament.

England’s press should be sharper against the Serbs and that should mean an easier night’s work for the back four, which is a little short of experience and leadership since Harry Maguire’s withdrawal.

There should be plenty of midfield protection with Declan Rice and either Trent Alexander-Arnold or Conor Gallagher asked to do their bit with screening the defensive line.

The flip side is that England may have fewer numbers at the top end of the pitch, but they have enough individual quality to come up with at least one decisive moment.

Serbia have high hopes of reaching the round of 16, but their main aim on matchday one will be to avoid defeat.

They wrapped up preparations with a 3-0 success away to Sweden but were underwhelming in qualifying - finishing four points below Hungary.

The Serbians have a pair of high quality forwards - Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic - but they are likely to spend most of the match in defensive mode and may struggle to avoid a low-scoring loss.

Under 2.5 goals - 10/11

England’s three group stage matches at Euro 2020 featured a total of two goals and the low-scoring trend is likely to continue when they lock horns with Serbia at the Arena AufSchalke.

There has been a lot of talk about England’s offensive prowess, but they generated only one shot on target in their loss to Iceland.

Southgate will demand a better performance, but he is targeting points rather than plaudits in the opening game and will not be too concerned about entertaining the masses.

Three of England’s last four Euro 2024 qualifiers featured fewer than three goals and there are solid grounds for backing under 2.5 goals against Serbia at 10/11.

Strahinja Pavlovic to be booked - 11/4

Serbia will have to do plenty of defending and there could be a lack of discipline from their left-sided centre-back Strahinja Pavlovic, who can be rash with his challenges.

Pavlovic plays his club football for Austria’s RB Salzburg, who are accustomed to dominating most of their games.

However, he still collected 10 yellow cards in this season’s Austria Bundesliga, which is four more than any of his team-mates.

He has also received 13 yellow cards in 35 international appearances.

The 23-year-old is decent in the air, but he may struggle to cope with the pace of the England attackers selected.

Pavlovic may have little choice but to resort to some robust methods and he is a tempting 11/4 shot to be cautioned.

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Serbia v England odds

Serbia - 6/1
Draw -
England -

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