Serbia v Scotland – World Cup qualification preview and team news

Scotland will search for their first competitive win under the management of Gordon Strachan and their first win of their qualification campaign for Brazil 2014 as they face the daunting trip to Serbia.

The Scots held the Eastern European nation to a 0-0 draw in their opening qualifier but they have taken only one more point since then, losing their last three to Wales (twice) and Belgium and leaving them bottom of Group A with just two points to their name, as well as a new manager in Strachan in place of Craig Levein.

The Tartan Army were hugely disappointing in their 2-1 defeat to Wales at Hamden Park on Friday and with spirits already low, Strachan did not need key striker Steven Fletecher sidelined for the trip to Novi Sad with a damaged ankle. Kris Commons and Russell Martin have also not travelled due to personal and hamstring problems respectively while Robert Snodgrass is suspended following his red card against the Welsh.

These add to absences of James Morrison, James Forrest, Danny Fox, Ross McCormack, Darren Fletcher and Scott Brown and leave the Scottish management with limited options ahead of the trip to Serbia. Paul Caddis, a right full-back, on-loan at Birmingham has been called up and could make his international debut.

The Serbs also face a mountain to climb if they are to have any chance of reaching Brazil 2014, currently sitting in fourth place two points behind Wales, who they thrashed 6-1 back in September, and a whole nine points behind rivals Croatia.

Defenders Nenad Tomovic and Milan Bisevac return from suspension to take their place in the squad but Manchester City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov will miss out through a ban of his own.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Serbia v Scotland

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