Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
This match certainly shouldn’t be lacking in enthusiasm. Montenegro are desperate to finally qualify for a major tournament and showcase their talents on an international stage – they have only been around since 2007, after all. Meanwhile, England are building momentum for another big opportunity to carve their name out in the history books.
Both have shown plenty of fire recently too. Montenegro may not have won their opening qualification match, but they put on a performance worthy of silencing many of their doubters. England, on the other hand, got off to a blistering start by tearing apart the defences of Czech Republic in a 5-0 mauling. The home side will certainly have their hands full, but it wasn’t that long ago that few had faith in England’s young team, and there’s plenty to play for here.
Montenegro vs England Prediction: Montenegro 0-3 England
While a Montenegro victory isn’t off the cards here and a draw seems like a serious possibility considering their recent results, we have to think that an England win is the most likely outcome here. England have been consistently brilliant lately, following a short slump after they were knocked out of the World Cup. Aside from their excellent outing in their opening qualification match, they’ve also recently toppled Spain, the USA and perhaps most significantly, Croatia. Based off that, we think they will be too much for Montenegro to handle. With that in mind, our scoreline prediction is 3-0 to England.
Our recommended tip: England win to nil
After their dominant display against Czech Republic, it’s no surprise that England are the favourites heading into this contest. At Ladbrokes, England have low-risk match odds of 1/2, while Montenegro fans will have to settle for much higher risk 7/1 odds on a win. However, there is good reason to believe that England could win this one with a clean sheet. Their 5-0 result in their opening qualification match isn’t the only example, with the side also beating the USA 3-0 in a recent friendly. Therefore, for a higher potential ROI, we recommend you wager that England win to nil to get 21/20 odds at Ladbrokes.
As we’ve mentioned, Montenegro are a very new side, having only been around for a little over a decade. Naturally, this means that their head-to-head history with England is limited. To be specific, there are only four matches in this fixture. However, one key surprise here is that their first three encounters ended in a draw. It wasn’t until 2013 that England managed to get a victory over Montenegro. They did so in dramatic fashion though, toppling the team 4-1. While this also gives some more credibility to a stalemate prediction, we think that the improvements the England team has made lately make a victory more likely.
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Players to watch: Raheem Sterling & Stefan Mugoša
England: Raheem Sterling
After that performance against Czech Republic, who else could it be? Raheem Sterling made the footballing world take notice with an astonishing hat trick. When you consider that mere months before, Sterling was struggling with a three-year long international draught, you realise what an incredible turnaround that is. It’ll be very interesting to see if he can make a similar impact here. He’s fast becoming one of England’s most devastating players, and considering the company he’s in, that’s no small achievement.
Montenegro: Stefan Mugoša
Just as is the case with Raheem Sterling, the first qualification match for this team made it clear who our player to watch would be. Stefan Mugoša’s goal just after the half-time kick off was a brilliant one, and showed an ability that should be a cause of concern for any opposition. Montenegro will need some sparkle if they are to pull off an upset here, and Mugoša might just be the man to provide it.