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Montenegro v Czech Republic Prediction & Betting Tips, 10th September 2019

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Montenegro v Czech Republic Euro 2020 Qualifying Preview, 10th September 7.45pm

This is action from England’s qualification group. Montenegro have only the two points on the board and qualification looked unlikely. The Czech Republic are struggling a little bit as well after suffering a shock defeat against Kosovo over the weekend. Read our Montenegro v Czech Republic betting tips for more.

Montenegro v Czech Republic Betting Odds*

Czech Republic 21/20
Draw 5/2
Montenegro 3/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 8th, 2019 at 2:53 p.m.)


Montenegro News and Form

Montenegro have been struggling for a bit of form. They have just one win in their last seven games played. That lone win was a friendly victory over Hungary in midweek. So they have been coming up a little short and with just two points on the board from four games of this qualification campaign, it’s not likely that they are going to be putting in an appearance at next summer’s Final.

Montenegro are winless in their last six European Championship qualification matches, and it is D2 L2 for them in this particular one. The two points they picked up were from 1-1 draws against Bulgaria and Kosovo. They have conceded at least three goals in three of their last five home fixtures in European Championship qualification.

Montenegro v Czech Republic Head to Head

This will be the fourth game between the two nations
The Czech Republic have won all three previous meetings to nil
The one previous meeting in Montenegro produced a 1-0 for the Czech Republic

Czech Republic News and Form

The Czech Republic were seen as the biggest challenger to England in this qualification group. They are struggling to get there though, with a W2 L2 record from their four games. Their first loss was their heavy 5-0 defeat at England, then on the weekend, they were beaten at Kosovo. So they are having their troubles on the road.

The Czech Republic start the next round of action trailing second-placed Kosovo by two points. It has been three fates in their last five away qualifiers that the Czech Republic have suffered (W2). Each of their last seven road fixtures in European Championship qualification matches have gone over 2.5 goals. With Kosovo playing England the same day, there is a decent chance of the Czech Republic taking over second place.

Montenegro v Czech Republic Tips & Odds

Away win at 21/20
Under 1.5 goals 9/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 8th, 2019 at 2:53 p.m.)

Who will win – Montenegro v Czech Republic Predictions

There doesn’t seem to be too much quality that is going to show up in this game. The Czech Republic are the one who need the points more so than Montenegro do. It has to be the away win for us in what is likely to be a low scoring fixture.

9th September 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting

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Czech Republic v Montenegro Prediction & Betting Tips, 10th June 2019

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Czech Republic v Montenegro Euro 2020 Qualifiers Preview, 10th June 7.45pm

This is action from England’s group so it is well worth taking a look at. The Czech Republic start in second place after picking up a 2-1 win over Bulgaria on Friday. They remain in some pretty patchy form though. Montenegro will be looking for their first win of qualification having taken just two points from their three games so far. Read our Czech Republic v Montenegro betting tips for more.

Czech Republic v Montenegro Betting Odds*

Czech Republic 4/7
Draw 11/4
Montenegro 21/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 9th, 2019 at 6:50 p.m.)


Czech Republic News and Form

The Czech Republic recorded a 2-1 home win over Bulgaria on Friday snapping back to back defeats which they had suffered. They opened their Euro 2020 qualification campaign with 5-0 drubbing at Wembley against England. They stepped out against Brazil in a friendly and lost. So the win over Bulgaria will have eased some pressure off them. It leaves them with a W4 L5 record in their last nine games, going back to the Nations League at the start of December.

The Czech Republic have been struggling for goals a bit. Just twice in their last nine games have they managed to score more than one goal in a match. So that’s a bit of a problem for them. They are also now without a clean sheet in any of their last three. Back in the Nations League the Czech Republic finished sandwiched between Ukraine and Slovakia in their group, but they only went W1 L1 in their two home fixtures. They are W2 L2 in their last four home fixtures.

Czech Republic v Montenegro Head to Head

The Czech Republic won both previous meetings with Montenegro
That was in the Euro 2012 qualifiers
Montenegro failed to score in both of those previous

Montenegro News and Form

It is a five-match winless streak of from that Montenegro are currently one, having picked up just two points from that sequence of games. They have collected a win in two of their last nine games played now. They have actually been scoring consistently recently. Montenegro have only failed to score in one of their last six fixtures now, which was a 1-0 loss against Romania in the Nations League.

The trouble for them is that their last clean sheet happened back on September 10th in a 2-0 win over Lithuania. That’s a seven-match sequence without one now. Both teams have scored in five of their last six played. With them having three games under their belt already, more than any of the top three in the group have played at the moment, to keep their qualification hopes up they need a win here. That would move them two points clear of the Czech Republic at the end of this international break.

Czech Republic v Montenegro Tips & Odds

Both teams to score at 11/10
1-1 correct score at 6/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 9th, 2019 at 6:50 p.m.)

Who will win – Czech Republic v Montenegro Predictions

The draw has a little bit of appeal in the match outright in this one. The Czech’s are lacking something in attacking quality and therefore there is a chance that the visitors could stick in there. The draw in the match outright looks a decent proposition.

9th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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Montenegro v England Prediction & Betting Tips, 25th March 2019

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Montenegro v England Euro 2020 Qualifiers Preview, 25th March 7.45pm

England put on quite the show at Wembley to start their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. The Three Lions hammered the Czech Republic 5-0. They head out for their first away test of campaign on Monday with a visit to Montenegro. Montenegro earned a 1-1 draw in Bulgaria to start their campaign. Read our Montenegro v England betting tips for more.

Montenegro v England Betting Odds*

England 1/3
Draw 7/2
Montenegro 10/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 24th, 2019 at 3:44 p.m.)


Montenegro News and Form

Montenegro earned a good point out at Bulgaria on Friday to start their campaign. They held the lead in the game actually until eight minutes from time when they gave up a penalty. Montenegro have a W2 D2 L3 record in their last seven internationals now. Back in the Nations League they only posted a W1 L2 record in their three home fixtures against Serbia, Romania and Lithuania.

Looking back a little further at World Cup 2018 qualifying, Montenegro finished third in their group behind Poland and Denmark. They have won only two of their last thirteen international fixtures. On home soil, they are W1 D1 L4 in their last six. They failed to score in four of those six and could, therefore, be in for a tough night against the Three Lions.

Montenegro v England Head to Head

England are W1 D3 in four previous games against Montenegro
England have drawn their two previous trips to Montenegro
Both teams have scored in each of the last three meetings
This is the first meeting since their World Cup 2014 qualifiers

England News and Form

England produced a fine attacking show, with their youngsters getting involved in a 5-0 win at Wembley over the Czech Republic. Raheem Sterling was the star of the show as he rattled off a hattrick in the game. That moved England on to a four-match winning streak, scoring at least two goals in each of those last five. The Three Lions are now undefeated in their last six games.

They have been holding up strong defensively as well because they have taken a clean sheet in four of their last six played. This will be their first away game since that tremendous 3-2 win in Spain in the UEFA Nations League last October. Away from home England are W4 D1, not counting their World Cup 2018 fixtures in Russia. England took a clean sheet in four of their five away games during World Cup 2018 qualification and will be looking to drive towards another big three points in this one.

Montenegro v England Tips & Odds

England to win to nil at 10/11
Under 2.5 goals at 3/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 24th, 2019 at 3:44 p.m.)

Who will win – Montenegro v England Predictions

It is unlikely that the Three Lions are going to cut loose away from home like they did at Wembley on the weekend. They simply need to follow this up with a good, solid clean sheet victory and three points.

24th March 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting

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Poland v Montenegro Prediction & Betting Tips – 8th October 2017

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Poland v Montenegro World Cup 2018 Qualifiers, 8th October

A game of high importance here to round off the action in Group E. Poland just need a point to guarantee themselves top spot in the group and hold off the challenge of Denmark. But Montenegro needs to come out and play in this one to aim for a victory which could see them grab second place at the expense of Denmark if the Danes were to lose their final game against Romania. The visitors have nothing to lose frankly and this should be a good open game. Poland are 2/5 with Paddy Power to win, with the draw at 4/1 and Montenegro at 13/2

Poland v Montenegro Betting Tips

Poland needs just a point from this final fixture to claim the top spot in Group E. It has been some campaign from them with a W7 D1 L1 record on the board, but they haven’t quite been able to shake the attentions of second placed Denmark. Poland have scored 24 goals in their nine games played so far and have conceded twelve. So there should be goals flying around in this one and over 2.5 goals at Paddy Power fetches a price of 4/6. When the two met in Montenegro earlier in the campaign, Poland took a 2-1 victory and because Montenegro still have something to play for in this contest, then both teams to score at bet365 is a good price of 6/5 to have a look at.

Robert Lewandowski netted a hattrick in Poland’s 6-1 win in Armenia on Thursday. That took his tally to a remarkable 15 goals in the qualification group so far. It is just stunning the amount of goals he scores and he became Poland’s top scorer as well in midweek. He is the 7/4 Paddy Power first goalscorer favourite not too surprisingly. That’s 50 goals in just 90 international appearances for his country that he has produced. At home so far in their campaign, Poland have won all four matches and they have scored eleven goals in those four games, and at least two in each of them as well. In the Paddy Power correct score market, a Poland 3-1 result looks appealing at 11/1.

So Montenegro do have a slim chance of qualifying, but it’s a little unlikely. They would have to win this one as well as have Denmark lose their final game. The Danes have a home fixture against Romania to contend with. Away from home in the group so far, Montenegro have posted a W2 D1 L1 record, the defeat coming in Armenia while beating Denmark. So they do have it in them and they have averaged two goals per game as well in qualifying, which again, should make this a high scoring fixture. The visitors have nothing to lose, they can just throw everything that they have it. Stevan Jovetic, who has seven goals in qualification for them is a price of 7/2 in the anytime goalscorer market.

Who will win – Poland v Montenegro Predictions

Poland to win: The Poles have scored at least two goals in each of their home games so far, but because Montenegro have to come and challenge here, there should be goals at both ends. Poland are the superior side but back them to win and both teams to score for a little extra value.

7th October 2017 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting

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England v Montenegro Prediction 11th October 2013

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England v Montenegro Betting Preview
The Three Lions are in the driving seat in Group H but only just. They have a one point lead at the top of the group over the Ukraine and Montenegro. With their last two matches in the group to come at Wembley, their fate really is in their own hands. It is not as if England are facing up to great opposition here, but more often than not, the biggest worry is Roy Hodgson’s men being their own worst enemies on the night.

England v Montenegro Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet Victor
England 2/5, Draw 7/2, Montenegro 7/1

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England v Montenegro Betting Tips:
Three times before England have gone up against Montenegro and each of those prior encounters all ended in a draw. So that is the immediate trend coming out for this one, and there is value in the outright market for that one. There are good prices available on the Correct Score market (worth a shot to get a free bet from Bet Victor!) for low scoring draws, a 0-0 at 10/1 and a 1-1 draw at 8/1 with the bookmaker. But really England do have to come out and produce something, but will they? There is the concern that they will naturally be a bit slow, ponderous and static and therefore it could be worth considering a Draw/England Half Time/Full Time wager for odds of 3/1 at Bet Victor. Now there are going to be many questions about goalkeeper Joe Hart. He has been tending net on some shaky ground lately, not being in top form with Manchester City, having let some weak goals in. But this isn’t the time to replace him in such an important time in qualification. He is going to need to wear a pretty thick skin at Wembley.

Does his frailties offer a decent chance of Both Teams To Score at odds of 11/10 with Bet Victor? England’s last match was a dour 0-0 away in the Ukraine and their previous match at Wembley saw them romp to a 4-0 win over Moldova. Their other results at home in qualifying were a 5-0 win over San Marino and a 1-1 draw against the Ukraine. The last time that Montenegro came to town was back in 2010 for the Euro 2012 qualifiers, and the visitors took a 0-0 draw away with them. So there is just some slight hesitations over England for this one. They have yet been able to shake Montenegro down for a win. Looking back at the probability of a draw, the Three Lions have drawn four of their last six matches, winning the other two. They should have enough professionalism to avoid defeat (having only conceded three goals during qualification helps), but do they have enough to get the win? It will be interesting to see what goes on up front for England.

Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge are both Even money to score at Anytime in the match, but Jermain Defoe is in good form for Spurs and Danny Welbeck can always spring up too. So if the starting duo can’t get England going, will Hodgson be brave enough to shake things up? Complacency is probably going to be England’s biggest problem and they need to just be aware that Montenegro have shown quite a bit resilience. They have only lost one of their last six matches and have drawn their last two by a 1-1 scoreline. Again, those stats trending towards a draw keep popping up. On the road during qualification, Montenegro have won three and draw one (including a win in the Ukraine). This may not be pretty, and let’s not forget that with a victory, Montenegro will take a firm grip on a top two spot so they have a lot to turn up at Wembley and play for.

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Form (all competitions)
England DDDWWD, Montenegro WWDLWW

7th October 2013 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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England v Montenegro Prediction 26th March 2013

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England v Montenegro Betting Preview
The battle for supremacy in qualification group H on the road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup is going to a massive one on Tuesday night in Podgorica. England go into the first group meeting with Montenegro two points behind the leaders, so a defeat will be highly costly for Roy Hodgson’s men. After cruising through what was nothing more than a training exercise against San Marino, will England have the advantage in this match? Wayne Rooney was famously send off in England’s last visit there in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, will he be able to keep his cool and help the Three Lions grab top spot?

England v Montenegro Betting Odds at online bookmaker Ladbrokes
England 4/5, Draw 5/2, Montenegro 7/2

England v Montenegro Recommended Bet:
How much will England have gotten out of the 8-0 demolition job that they handed out to San Marino on Friday night. It was a total non-contest and the result fully expected. Will England’s forward have taken confidence from a good night in front of goal, or will they have trouble breaking down a tougher defence due to complacency? Roy Hodgson did shuffle his pack with a eye of conserving energy for the Montenegro match. This is just a game which England can ill afford to lose. If they take a defeat then they will likely have to go through the play offs to reach Brazil 2014. While England were taking it easy in San Marino, Montenegro had a tough match on their hands out in Moldova. Montenegro were down to ten men around the hour mark and so had a lot of extra defensive work to do.

While they had more possession in the game, Moldova got just as many shots in on goals Montenegro did, but vitally Montenegro grabbed a late winner. That goal kept Montenegro top of the pile in Group H for their meeting with England. The hosts will probably be happy enough with a point in this one. They are decent, hard working side and they have quality with Stevan Jovetic in the side. They will test the lightweight England back line obviously more so than San Marino did and they will know the importance of this match. Win this game and Montenegro will probably finish top of the group and book their spot at Brazil 2014. That is what is at stake for them.

There may not be too much to choose between these and a one goal winning margin for either is tempting. But a draw seems a likely outcome given everything at stake here and worth looking at for a price of 5/2 with online bookmaker Ladbrokes.

England v Montenegro Head to Head
The two nations have met just twice before in history and that was in the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Both matches produced a draw, England taking a 0-0 at home before that needling away match which England blew a two goal lead to tie 2-2 with Rooney getting sent off.

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23rd March 2013 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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Montenegro V England (Friday 7th October, 2011) – UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifier

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Montenegro V England

Date/Kick-Off: Friday 7th October, 2011 − 20:00 (GMT)

Venue: Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica

TV Coverage: LIVE on Sky Sports 1

 

Preview

England will conclude their Euro 2012 Qualifying campaign on Friday when they take on Montenegro in Podgorica, at least that’s the plan. The Three Lions go into their final qualifier boasting a commanding six-point lead at the summit of Group G, and well aware that only a point is needed from their final qualifier in order to guarantee their inclusion in next summer’s European Championships. The hosts, though, are set to put up stern resistance as they go in search of the win that would keep alive their hopes of automatic qualification.

It promises to be a riveting watch then, as two nations with everything on the line go toe-for-toe for crucial, no decisive Group G points. Just a solitary point will suffice for England. You feel Fabio Capello’s side should be good for at least a share of the spoils, if not more, having triumphed in all three of their away qualifiers thus far. However, their hosts find themselves in a win or bust situation and have only dropped points on the one occasion in their home qualifiers to date, which does include narrow yet tidy victories over Switzerland and Wales, whom both caused England problems at some stage of another in qualifying.

A laborious task this then for England, in extremely hostile settings as well. Fabio Capello has named several talented youngsters who have shone for their clubs in the Barclay’s Premier League this season in his 25-man squad, though many could be overlooked on this occasion as the Italian tactician opts for experience in testing surroundings. So expect Frank Lampard to walk straight back into the team just a month after some corners of the English media were predicting the end for the 33-year-old midfielder.

Two vastly experienced regulars who won’t make any contribution on Friday are two former England captains would you believe, with Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard both overlooked by Capello. The former appears to be entering the twilight of his career at 32, with some of his recent performances at the back for Manchester United heavily criticised by pundits, while Gerrard has only just returned to the Liverpool following a six-month lay-off with a groin problem.

The absence of Ferdinand means Bolton’s Gary Cahill, who scored his first senior goal for his country in Bulgaria last time out, will continue to partner captain John Terry at centre-half. Kyle Walker has excelled for Tottenham this season at right-back, especially at the weekend in Tottenham’s 2-1 league defeat of Arsenal in which he netted the winner, but the 21-year-old is unlikely to collect his first cap on Friday with Manchester City’s Micah Richards boasting more internationals experience.

Unsurprisingly, Wayne Rooney, who has netted nine goals already in the Premier League, will spearhead a three-pronged attack containing Ashley Young on the left and possibly Theo Walcott on the right. Gareth Barry, Scott Parker and Frank Lampard will form a solid and reliable midfield trio.

Momentum is often crucial at any level of football and England have an abundance of the stuff heading into Friday’s monumental encounter. Whereas the hosts are without a win in their last two qualifiers − so dire is their form that the Football Association of Montenegro felt a change of manager was urgently needed, with Zlatko Kranjcar having been replaced by Branko Brnovic, who will take charge of his first game on Friday − England go into the game unbeaten in their last six internationals, boasting a flawless record on the road in qualifying and having also won both their September qualifiers with Bulgaria and Wales without conceding.

So whereas most are predicting a tricky evening for Fabio Capello’s men, I’m expecting nothing less than a routine win for a team who are supposedly fourth favourites to win next summer’s tournament outright.

 

England Squad

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Scott Carson & David Stokdale

Defenders: Ashley Cole, John Terry, Micah Richards, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Kyle Walker & Phil Jones

Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Ashley Young, Adam Johnson, Stewart Downing, Theo Walcott & Scott Parker

Forwards: Darren Bent, Andy Carroll, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck & Bobby Zamora

 

Match Pointers

– Qualification will be assured for England should they avoid defeat in Podgorica, while the hosts, Montenegro, know they have to win their remaining two qualifiers – at home to England and away in Switzerland – if they’re to topple the – Group G leaders.

– Montenegro are unbeaten at home in qualifying (W2 D1 L0), recording narrow wins over Switzerland (1-0) and Wales (1-0) while only Bulgaria (1-1) have left there unscathed.

– England, however, have a 100% record on their travels, scoring goals aplenty in victories over Bulgaria (0-3), Switzerland (1-3) and Wales (0-2).

– This will be Branko Brnovic’s first game in charge of the Montenegro national team.

 

Betting Verdict

Having previously shaped up as serious challenges for automatic qualification, Montenegro have somewhat fallen by the wayside. A bitterly disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Bulgaria in June was followed by a catastrophic 2-1 defeat in Wales, whom hadn’t registered a point beforehand, let alone win. Drastic measures have since been taken. Zlatko Kranjcar has been replaced by Branko Brnovic in a move that can only be described as clutching at straws. Mirko Vucinic and Steve Jovetic are a troublesome duo who can be problematic, however I fully expect a comfortable win for the visitors.

At home, England have struggled. It has been on their travels where they have been able to let their hair down. Their comprehensive 3-0 win in Sofia, away to Bulgaria, last month maintained their 100% away record in Group G, having recorded comfortable victories over Switzerland and Wales earlier in the campaign. The crowd in Podgorica will be partisan, but then so were the Bulgarians who shouted vile racist insults from the stands throughout September’s clash. So the environment shouldn’t be an issue really, and neither should the opponents, in my opinion, who are extremely well-organised and resilient but nothing special going forward.

Match Prediction: England to WIN − 3/4 PaddyPower

Value Bet: England to WIN by 2 Goals − 9/2 Ladbrokes

 

Match Odds

Montenegro − 9/2 VictorChandler

Draw − 5/2 Bet365

England − 3/4 PaddyPower

 

4th October 2011 / Matt - Category: Euro Betting

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UEFA EURO 2012 Qualifier: England V Switzerland – Saturday, 4 June 2011

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England V Switzerland

Date & Kick-Off: Saturday, 4 June – 16:45 (GMT)
Venue: Wembley, London
TV Coverage: ITV1

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Preview

It was only a matter of days ago that the English FA were humiliated at the FIFA presidential election, surely it won’t impact on the national team as The Three Lions gear up for their UEFA EURO 2012 Group G clash with Switzerland on Saturday.

The Swiss were supposedly England’s main rivals for automatic qualification – to top a tame Group G, but it hasn’t panned out that way. Ahead of Saturday’s must-win game for them, Switzerland are six-points adrift of the English, as well as second-placed Montenegro, who are locked on ten-points apiece though England’s superior goal difference ensures they remain top dog in a group they are still very much expected to run away with.

Because of the size of this particular group, though, with just five nations competing in Group G – Bulgaria, England, Montenegro, Switzerland & Wales – and the fact that after Saturday’s match there will be just three qualifiers remaining for both nations, England have the golden opportunity to eliminate the nation many believed would push Fabio Capello’s men all the way.

Of course, what it does mean is Switzerland now have absolutely nothing to lose. They know full well that they simply have to win all their remaining qualifiers in order to stand any chance of pipping Montenegro to second, let alone peg back group supremacists England.

Switzerland’s ’do our bust’ mindsets should make them a dangerous proposition at Wembley, although not if they perform to the sub-par standard which they did in Basel back in September, when England wiped the floor with their hosts in a 3-1 triumph courtesy of goals from Wayne Rooney, Adam Johnson and Darren Bent, whom is almost certain to lead the attack once again on Saturday seeing as Wayne Rooney will serve his one-match suspension.

To complicate matters further for Swiss manager Ottmar Hitzfeld, star man Alexander Frei decided to call time on his international career at just 31-years-of-age, after turning out 84 times for his country whilst scoring 42 goals – the countries all-time leading scorer on the international scene. The German-born head coach has now been left with only three strikers, all unproven at this level; one has 31 caps but just 2 goals to his name while the other two will make their senior bows should they be called upon.

England themselves aren’t without their fair share of absentees. Joining Wayne Rooney on the sidelines is former captain Steven Gerrard, fellow midfielder Michael Carrick and forward Andy Carroll; all out through various injuries. It means young Jack Wilshere is almost certain to partner Scott Parker in the heart of the England midfield once again, as they did against Wales last time out to eye-catching affect, while Darren Bent will look to continue his purple patch in front of goal, with the Villa hitman aiming to make it four goals in as many appearances for his country.

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England Squad

Goalkeepers: Scott Carson, Robert Green, Joe Hart

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, John Terry, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Stewart Downing, Adam Johnson, James Milner, Frank Lampard, Scott Parker, Ashley Young

Forwards: Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Bobby Zamora

Absentees: Steven Gerrard, Michael Carrick & Andy Carroll (All injured); Wayne Rooney (Suspended)

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Form

England DLWWD (England 0-0 Montenegro, England 1-2 France, Denmark 1-2 England, Wales 0-2 England, England 1-1 Ghana)

Switzerland – LWDDD (Montenegro 1-0 Switzerland, Switzerland 4-1 Wales, Switzerland 2-2 Ukraine, Malta 0-0 Switzerland, Bulgaria 0-0 Switzerland)

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Head-to-Head

England wins: 14
Draws: 4
Switzerland wins: 2

England are unbeaten in their last 17 matches with Switzerland, whose last victory over The Three Lions dates back to 1947.

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Match Prediction: England to WIN – 1.36 (4/11) Bet365

A Montenegro side who set-up shop right from the outset and earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw in England’s last home qualifier left a bitter taste in the mouth of the Wembley faithful. Time for The Three Lions to make amends, by spanking a hapless Swiss side who simply have to task risks in a match they must win in order to remain in the hunt for qualification – defeat for them and victory for Montenegro elsewhere over Bulgaria at home would leave Ottmar Hitzfeld and Switzerland facing a nine-point to climb in their remaining three qualifiers.

All the pressure is on Switzerland, however England are nowhere near to wrapping up top spot and they too must obtain maximum points from Saturday’s contest just to keep those pesky Montenegrins at arm’s length. I don’t see them encountering too many problems against an outfit which doesn’t boast much potential to score goals, which is in contrast to an England side who boast an endless supply of creativity and striker born in an eighteen-yard box.

Value Bet: Darren Bent First Goalscorer – 5.00 (4/1) Unibet

Match Odds

England – 1.36 (4/11) Bet365
Draw – 4.80 (19/5) Boylesports
Switzerland – 10.00 (9/1) VictorChandler

2nd June 2011 / Matt - Category: Euro Betting

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EURO Qualifier: England V Montenegro – Tuesday, 12th October (LIVE GAME)

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England V Montenegro

Tuesday, 12th October – 20:00 GMT
UEFA EURO 2012 Qualifier: Group G
TV Coverage:
ITV1

 

England

Group G Position: 2nd
Group G Form: WW

Memories of a dismal display out in South Africa still linger around England like a bad smell, but Fabio Capello’s charges have been doing their utmost to rid the country of any South Africa heartache by beginning Euro 2012 Qualifying like a steam train, storming to the top of Group G with comprehensive wins over Bulgaria (4-0) and Switzerland (1-3). However, their rein as group leaders didn’t last long as Montenegro’s impressive victory over Switzerland last Friday sent them top of the standings ahead of England and judging by their lean defensive record thus far, Zlatko Kranjcar’s side will be difficult to budge.

So far it has been an impressive campaign, with the Three Lions finding their roar after a disastrous spell in South Africa where they lost their voice, confidence and any inner belief which was distilled upon them by an expectant English public. After convincing wins over Bulgaria and Switzerland, the nation is slowly but surely beginning to forgive the players for their lacklustre efforts in the summer, although never will South Africa 2010 be forgotten as being one of the most dismal displays from an English side ever in a World Cup finals.

Only the shrewdest would have predicted beforehand that Tuesday’s opponents Montenegro were England’s toughest assignment on paper, and that Europe’s newest country would make an even better start to qualifying than the Three Lions. This is a potential banana skin for England, there’s no doubt about that, but with everyone else bar the Montenegrins faltering in Group G, Tuesday could be an ample opportunity for England to really lay down their marker and stamp out an authoritative message that this group is theirs for the taking, and that they and only them will boss proceedings. And bossing is just what England have done thus far, scoring seven in their opening two qualifiers – four more than Tuesday night’s opponents – and having conceded just the one, an absolute thunderbolt effort at that.

Fabio Capello was the man who bore the brunt of the criticism for England’s abysmal efforts over the summer, not far behind Wayne Rooney, and his task of maintaining England’s ferocious start to qualifying hasn’t been helped by several notable injuries. Frank Lampard was ruled out beforehand, but John Terry and Phil Jagielka have joined James Milner and Jermain Defoe on the sidelines, while the Italian confirmed that Darren Bent had also picked up a groin injury and would thus miss Tuesday’s game. On the plus side, Rio Ferdinand has returned to bolster England’s defence, while he will also wear the captain’s armband instead of Steven Gerrard. Peter Crouch will now partner under fire and out of sorts Wayne Rooney up front in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Probable England Starting XI: Joe Hart; Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, Rio Ferdinand, Joleon Lescott; Gareth Barry, Steven Gerrard, Adam Johnson, Ashley Young; Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch

 

Montenegro

Group G Position: 1st
Group G Form: WWW

The new kids on the block you might say, but Montenegro have already proven that they are no rookies and that qualification from Group G is certainly not beyond them nor will they be overawed by any of their UEFA EURO Qualifying fixtures. However, Tuesday’s meeting with England at Wembley will be the pinnacle fixture of their campaign, the highlight of what was expected to be a steep learning curve for the Montenegrins but has instead turned into something far more serious and rewarding, with Zlatko Kranjcar’s side sitting atop of Group G and now in with a real chance of securing a top-two finish that would at least extend their EURO 2012 adventure.

You would have got tasty odds on Montenegro opening their qualifying account with a hat-trick of victories, although the odds on them beating Wales, Bulgaria and Switzerland all by the same 1-0 scoreline would be big enough to make the most hardened of punters cry no doubt. And those 1-0 scorelines depict a perfect picture in themselves, with Hrabi Sokolovi’s – the Brave Falcons –  success having been built upon solid defensive foundations, while when you have a deadly striker up top in the form of AS Roma hitman Mirko Vucinic you’re always in with a shout of turning the tables and upsetting the odds.

Another reason why they’ve been so effective up till now is because they boast an ’unknown quantity’ feel to them, what with Montenegro being the newest international football team on the scene and few actually having played them in an international before. The latter applies to England although surely by now, after three turn up for the books, the English will have done their homework and won’t be underestimating a team which clearly hold no fears and are capable of rising to the occasion.

Zlatko Kranjcar, father of Tottenham Hotspur midfield Niko Kranjcar, should know a fair bit about the England set up and he will no doubt adopt similar counter-attacking tactics for Tuesday’s game. After three games, Montenegro have yet to even concede a goal in qualifying although may well meet their match in Group G’s most prolific scoring side in England, who have racked up seven goals – four goals more then Montenegro – in just two qualifiers and because of this will go top by virtue of a far superior goal difference should they rein victorious over Montenegro in the English capital.

 

Match Prediction: England to WIN – 1.25 BetFred

The sooner England break the ice the better as the Montenegrins have proven to be a tough nut to crack when allowed to settle in and adjust to their new surroundings. England should have the ability to boss this game in the middle of the field meaning Tuesday’s encounter will probably turn into an attack versus defence mind battle. The contest will ultimately be decided by a number of factors: How effective their wide outlets are in getting past their full-back markers, will Rooney put aside his recent poor slump in form and return to his overwhelming, almost unplayable self, and how well England’s not entirely convincing defence holds up against Montenegro’s counter-attack.

We reckon they’ll pass on at least two of those, with only Rooney’s personal performance an issue. The United forward hasn’t been his usual buoyed self for some time now, merely a disgruntled sort, and he could be in for another frustrating evening against the 10-man defence of Montenegro. Still, if England keep it together at the back and maintain the intensity in the final third throughout the full 90 minutes then there should only be one winner, and there’s even a chance of this being a whitewash if the Three Lions do somehow get their hands on an early lead as Montenegro’s early success has been built upon an abundance of momentum and confidence gained from keeping the big boys at bay. Kranjcar’s team have yet to experience life on the trailing side and will get ripped wide open if forced to come out of their defensive shell and commit men forward to attack.

 

Over/Under: Over 2.5 Goals – 1.73 Bet365

I’m envisaging an early goal for England and if this does materialise then a emphatic victory for the Three Lions should await. Getting their noses in front early on is so important as they simply cannot afford to allow the visitors to settle, not for a second as Montenegro have taken to playing counter-attacking football like a duck out of water. If we grab the lead early on then I expect the goals to seep out of this encounter. If the score is deadlocked at the break then I may begin to fear the worst.

 

First Goalscorer: Adam Johnson – 9.00 Ladbrokes

Initially, I was leaning towards a small bet on Darren Bent. However, he picked up an injury while training with England and has been ruled out of Tuesday’s game altogether. In his places come Peter Crouch, a player with a nifty scoring average for England but the lanky 30 year-old isn’t really our cup of tea. Instead, Adam Johnson gets the nod. The need for creativity cannot be stressed enough in a final third where space and time on the ball will be at a premium, and in Adam Johnson England have a player who can weave in and out of tight spots, crowded penalty areas and also an accomplished finisher of the ball. Johnson is also looking to maintain his superb scoring record in qualifying thus far having scored against both Bulgaria and Switzerland.

 

Match Odds:

England – 1.25 BetFred
Draw – 6.50 totesport
Montenegro – 15.00 Bet365

11th October 2010 / Matt - Category: Euro Betting

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EURO 2012 Qualifier: Montenegro V Wales – Friday, September 3rd

Euro Betting

 

Montenegro V Wales

Friday, 3rd September – 18:30 GMT
EURO 2012, Group G Qualifier

 

Montenegro

Zlatko Kranjcar, father of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Niko, will manage the newest international team on the block as Montenegro aim to qualify for their first major tournament since gaining full UEFA membership in 2007, when splitting from neighbours Serbia. However, Kranjcar has already bemoaned the lack of the country’s most coveted star in Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, who famously scored a brace against Liverpool in the 2009/2010 UEFA Champions League but will not feature for his country against until next year as he recovers from a serious knee injury.

Despite being an active international side for just three years, Montenegro are ranked a modest 72 in the world and find themselves twelve places better off than their Group G opponents Wales in the latest FIFA rankings. That doesn’t, however, entitle Hrabri Sokoolovi to three points and the team will need to battle on gamely without their star player if they wish to make the perfect start to qualifying, although household names are few and far between. One name in particular, though, which does stand out is AS Roma’s clinical finisher, Mirko Vucinic, whom has racked up 9 goals in 19 appearances for Montenegro and will look to inspire team-mates with his goals as he leads by example as team captain.

The home side will feel they have already won the mental battle between themselves and Wales having beaten the Welsh in the only previous meeting between the two, when Montenegro recorded a 2-1 win in Podgorica via goals from Jovetic and Radomir Djalovic. The former is obviously not available to strike again against the Welsh but the fact this fixture is being played in the exact same venue could have a huge baring on the outcome of the game.

 

Wales

It’s been 44 years since Welsh fans last entertained the fact that they were competing in a major tournament, with the 1976 European Championships their last and only major qualifying triumph for the country since participating in their also one and only FIFA World Cup back in 1958. On both occasions Wales reached the quarter-finals, an omen perhaps should John Toshack complete the Welsh dream and take his country of birth to the 2012 European Championships in Poland-Ukraine.

I don’t know about you Welsh fans out there but this current crop assembled by Toshack seems a half-decent bunch to me, with a useful mixture of hardened Premiership veterans and genuine world-class potential. All Wales fans need to complete the mix would be Ryan Giggs’ announcement that retirement is no longer for him, although that’s an unlikely scenario. To be honest, Wales have a player in the form of the great Ryan Giggs, arguably the greatest Welsh player to have ever lived alongside Ian Rush of course, in Tottenham’s coming of age defender/midfielder Gareth Bale, who in the last couple of seasons has come on leaps and bounds in the Premiership and is beginning to earn the worldwide reputation for being a lethal winger for Spurs.

Taking into account my little knowledge of the Montenegro team, I would say Wales are more than a match for their Group G openers and only need to cast the away factor aside to claim a positive result in Podgorica this Friday. Granted their defence is a little suspect, but the wealth of attacking options now at John Toshack’s disposal finally makes Wales a tidy little force to be reckoned with. The seemingly hostile relationship between manager and Bellamy seems to have diminished as the now Cardiff striker is set to start in Montenegro, of which any one of Simon Church, Ched Evans or Robert Earnshaw would provide a suitable strike-partner, although preference is likely to be for the pace of 29 year-old Robert Earnshaw. It is, though, the amount of creativity in the midfield which impresses us the most and will have Wales fans in unison believing that 2012 could be the year when Wales end their wait for participation in a major tournament.

 

Match Verdict: Wales to WIN – 4.50 Bet365

You cannot underestimate how much weaker Montenegro are without their linchpin, Stevan Jovetic, who really does make the team tick. Everything positive goes through the Viola playmaker, and now the hopes of a nation rest upon Mirko Vucinic shoulders, just about the one and only remaining high profile name inside the camp.

John Toshack will be missing his fair share of key components too, with Darcy Blake, Brian Stock and Andrew Crofts all dropping out with injuries, but there’s something potent about Wales’ attacking line which has us thinking that perhaps Toshack’s side will produce a performance of high calibre needed to overhaul the Montenegro team on their own patch. The form of two players in particular will be pivotal; Gareth Bale looking to continue where he’s left off for Spurs this season when scoring twice at the weekend in a 2-1 win over Stoke City, while Craig Bellamy now has his confidence and self-belief back following his loan move back to his homeland, Cardiff.

At enticing odds, we’re on the Welsh to spring a mini surprise by beating Montenegro in their own backyard.

Soccer-Betting Value Tip: Craig Bellamy First Goalscorer – 9.00 VCbet

Match Odds:

Montenegro – 1.91 PaddyPower
Draw – 3.40 Boylesports
Wales – 4.50 Bet365

31st August 2010 / Matt - Category: Euro Betting

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