Lithuania vs Serbia: Head to head statistics
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Lithuania vs Serbia match preview
After suffering a major set back in mid-week, it’s vitally important that Serbia get back to winning ways in Kaunas.
On Thursday night, Group G’s top two went head-to-head in Belgrade, and Serbia made the perfect start, going in front courtesy of an own goal inside ten minutes.
However, Hungary hit back, scoring twice in quick-succession just before half, as the visitors left Stadion Rajko Mitić with all three points.
This was Serbia’s first defeat of the campaign, after Dragan Stojković had kicked off with back-to-back wins, before an underwhelming draw in Bulgaria.
Bizarrely, despite featuring at three of the last four World Cups, the Eagles have never qualified for the European Championships as an independent nation, beaten by Scotland in the play-offs in 2020.
Whilst most are expecting Serbia to get through a generally weak Group G, more dropped points here would set off some alarm bells.
This though is unlikely, given that the Eagles have won all five meetings with Lithuania in the last five years, scoring 13 goals, including a 2-0 victory at the Marakana in the reverse fixture in March.
The home side are yet to claim a victory of their in 2023, drawing both home matches, whilst losing both on the road.
In mid-week, Lithuania were involved in crazy 2-2 draw with Montenegro, in which all four goals were scored in the final 20 minutes, including Fedor Černych’s 94th minute equaliser.
Nevertheless, including friendlies, Edgaras Jankauskas’ side are winless in 14 matches, with the Rinktine collecting three points from just one of their last 27 qualifiers.
Thus, an away win seems very likely at Darius and Girėnas Stadium.
Lithuania team news
Fedor Černych equalised off the bench against Montenegro could earn him a start here, possibly partnering Gytis Paulauskas, who got his first international goal in that one.
Serbia team news
Following defeat in mid-week, could Dragan Stojković be tempted to make wholesale changes?
Serbia operate out of a back three, largely designed to allow Aleksandar Mitrović and Dušan Vlahović to start in attack together.
Of Mitrović's 52 international goals, five have been scored against Lithuania, so can he add to both tallies in Ąžuolynas?