Montenegro vs England
Euro 2020 Qualification
Date: Monday, 25 March 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadion Pod Goricom (Podgorica).
Montenegro take on group favourites England in their first home match of the qualifying campaign on Monday evening in Podgorica. Can the hosts produce a string resistance without their two main stars Stefan Savic and Stevan Jovetic? Both will skip the clash through injuries which is a massive handicap for the head coach Slavisa Tumbakovic.
The Brave Falcons did not have their strongest squad on disposal often of late. This caused a rather poor Nations League campaign which saw the team finish their League C group in third place of four teams (behind Serbia and Romania respectively). The hosts struggled to create in the final third in the absence of their top scorer Stevan Jovetic. They failed to find the back of the net in three of last four home matches against Slovenia, Romania and Serbia.
Montenegro vs England: Head-to-head
Historically looking, Montenegro were unpleasant opposition to the Three Lions.
The Brave Falcons held England to three draws in last four H2H meetings.
Both teams were on the scoreline in three of last four H2H affairs.
England took a demolishing 4-1 victory when they last played the Brave Falcons back in 2013 at Wembley.
Montenegro vs England: Prediction
Gareth Southgate also had some injury concerns ahead of this tie, but these should have a much lower impact than those of Montenegro’s. The World Cup heroes come into this as heavy favourites as the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford have all been enjoying a superb form of late in the Premier League.
England backed up their brilliant World Cup run by topping their respective Nations League group ahead of heavyweights Spain and Croatia in the second half of last year. They kept four clean sheets in five away matches of the previous WC Qualification campaign.
With the absences in Montenegro’s line-up, we have to expect a clean sheet win for the visitors here.
Montenegro vs England: Bet Tips
England to win @ 1.53 (8/15)
England to keep a clean sheet @ 1.80 (4/5).