Montenegro v England Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 24, 2019
Podgorica City Stadium - EURO 2020 Qualifier
Gareth Southgate's England side to Montenegro for their second EURO 2020 qualifier in a week, as they look to seal a place at next summer's Euros.
England faced Montenegro home and away in qualification for Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup. They are unbeaten in four meetings with them, with three draws and a win.
Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier is set to miss the trip to Montenegro, after suffering a injury in the 5-0 home win over Czech Republic, with Ross Barkley or Declan Rice set to step in. Southagate may also rest Dele Alli, after the Spurs player featured at Wembley, but he has only just returned from injury.
Montenegro's biggest name is Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic, alongside experienced Maccabi Netanya forward Fatos Beciraj for The Brave Falcons.
Montenegro v England Predictions and Preview
Montenegro let a one-goal lead slip late on in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier away in Bulgaria, with the game finishing as a 1-1 draw in Sofia. Their form in the 2018 Euro Nations League was mixed with two wins in their six games, with home defeats against rivals Serbia and Romania.
England go off to an ideal start in their opening qualifier against the Czech Republic, with Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling netting a hat trick. Southgate will be aiming for six points from their opening two games in Euro 2020 qualification, ahead of a difficult trip to face the Netherlands in June.
It will not be easy for England in a testing environment, with Montenegro generally having a strong home record, and an away win comes in at 5/6. However given their attacking options, Southgate's side should be able to find a route to goal against a well drilled Montenegro defence, and an England to score both halves bet comes in at 2/1.
England to win at 5/1
Even if Southgate chooses to rotate his starting line up, he still has plenty of firepower for a potentially tricky tie in Podgorica on Monday night.
He opted for Sterling and Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho alongside captain Harry Kane, but he may look to hand Chelsea' Callum Hudson-Oddoi a start after impressing off the bench against the Czech Republic.
Raheem Sterling to score anytime at 5/2
Manchester City's Sterling underlined his importance to Southgate's England side with three well taken goals in midweek, and he will start in Montenegro. Even if he is deployed out wide, with Kane through the middle, he will still pose a real goal scoring threat for the Three Lions.