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Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

A STAR-STUDDED Serbian side insist that they expect a tough Premier League-style battle against Martin O'Neill's Ireland in Lansdowne Road tonight.

And Shane Long has been identified as the main threat to the away side.

Serbia take the first steps in their rebuilding process following their failure to qualify for the World Cup as they take on Ireland under new coach Ljubinko Drulovic.

And Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov says he is wary of the home side.

"You have a lot of players in the Premier League, they are always difficult to play against as they are strong guys and we expect the same tonight. It will be some game," said Kolarov.

Manager Drulovic stated: "Shane Long is a very good player who can score goals if you let him."


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