Vidic the one to watch for Serbia
As the expected second round opponents of England, Serbia’s players will all be watched closely by Fabio Capello and his management team. Fortunately for the England boss he has been inadvertently doing much of this scouting all season due to the prominence of English-based players in the starting line-up.
Wigan goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic, Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, Wolves playmaker Nenad Milijas and Manchester United defensive rock Nemanja Vidic will all be familiar to Capello to varying degrees, with Vidic the player that demands most attention.
Along with captain and talisman Dejan Stankovic, Vidic is the most important part of Serbia’s impressive team. Strong, quick and an excellent reader of the game, Vidic is the perfect exemplification of the modern centre back.
Vidic is as tough as they come, built in the tradition of rugged and uncompromising Yugoslavian and Serbian defenders. Opposing strikers know they have been in a game after facing Vidic, who opposing himself physically on games – and opponents – as well as anyone.
World Cup bet in play punters will know that he is a dangerous threat from set pieces with his aerial ability. However, it is at the back that he has the most influence, forming the basis of a defensive unit drawn exclusively from Serie A and the Premier League.
Vidic has been unsettled at Old Trafford in recent months and might see the World Cup as the ideal opportunity to secure the big move to the continent that he seems to crave. However, no extra motivation is needed for a committed player who is guaranteed to give England a tough time, as indeed the Serbian team will.
In terms of the latest FIFA World Cup odds for this summer’s tournament, Spain and Brazil lead the way as favourites, followed by England, Argentina and Italy.