Battling it out in Europe's second tier once again, the League B Group 4 rivals convene at Stadion Rajko Mitic with both teams targeting promotion from a group also featuring Sweden and Slovenia.
After securing a spot at the World Cup in dramatic circumstances - snatching automatic qualification away from Portugal deep into stoppage time of their final Group A match - Serbia have been building towards the upcoming finals in Qatar.
Six months on from Aleksandar Mitrovic's last-gasp strike in Lisbon, the Eagles - who accumulated 20 points from their eight qualifying fixtures; three clear at the top of the table - are back in competitive action, following mixed fortunes in their springtime friendlies.
In March, Dragan Stojkovic's side edged out Hungary by means of an own goal, before then visiting fellow World Cup finalists Denmark - arriving in Copenhagen on the back of a seven-game unbeaten streak.
Representing a test of their credentials as contenders for a place in the knockout stage, they failed to cope with a clinical home side, as comeback kid Christian Eriksen was among the scorers in a chastening 3-0 defeat.
Set to join Brazil, Cameroon and Switzerland in Group A of this winter's global gathering, Serbia also won only one of six Nations League matches in their previous campaign, so will want to start more positively in their opening quartet of fixtures, which take place throughout the next fortnight.
A similarly packed post-season schedule awaits Norway during June, as after they visit Serbia, the Nordic nation tackle local rivals Sweden both home and away, and also host Slovenia in between.
Stale Solbakken's side will not be preparing to perform on the game's greatest stage, however, as they came up short in World Cup qualifying Group G, and despite a promising generation arising, have failed to make the finals since 1998.
Finishing third in a three-way tussle for top spot with the Netherlands and Turkey, the Lions were tamed too often in the decisive games, and a surprising lack of firepower - given an attack featuring Erling Haaland, Alexander Sorloth and captain Martin Odegaard - ultimately cost them dearly: Norway's final two fixtures came and went without scoring.
They did, though, concede only eight times in the process - at a rate of less than a goal per game - and were similarly stingy in their last Nations League campaign.
Leaking just seven goals on their way to second spot behind Group 1 winners Austria represented a respectable result at League B level, and following successive friendly wins in March - by an 11-0 aggregate scoreline, against Slovakia and Armenia - it appears that Norway will pose a threat at the other end.
Star striker Dusan Vlahovic has been ruled out of Serbia's squad for their four Nations League games this summer, despite his inclusion in Dragan Stojkovic's original 34-man group.
Removed from the final list due to an unspecified injury concern, the Juventus forward scored 24 times in 36 Serie A appearances last season, but Aleksandar Mitrovic (44 goals; 71 caps) and Real Madrid's forgotten man Luka Jovic are instead set to take on the hosts' attacking burden.
Captain Dusan Tadic also features in the Serbs' creative department, having racked up 84 international caps to date - most likely as the playmaker in a 3-4-1-2 formation.
On the other hand, Norway are able to call upon their most famed centre-forward, as 21-year-old Erling Haaland - who scored 22 goals in 24 Bundesliga games last term, before signing on at Manchester City - is available.
Serbia possible starting lineup:
Dmitrovic; Milenkovic, Veljkovic, Nastasic; Zivkovic, Lukic, Gudelj, Kostic; Tadic, S. Milinkovic-Savic; A. Mitrovic
Norway possible starting lineup:
Nyland; Pedersen, Ostigard, Hanche-Olsen, Meling; Thorsby, Berge, Odegaard; Hauge, Haaland, Elyounoussi
We say: Serbia 2-1 Norway
Serbia have not lost at home since the end of 2020, and given the competition for places ahead of an exciting winter in the Middle East, they should perform near their best on Thursday.
While Norway's current crop is surely their most able in decades, few teams dictate terms to the hosts in Belgrade, so the visitors' Nations League campaign could be set for an opening-day loss.
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