Montenegro vs England Euro 2020 Qualifier
After an entertaining 5-0 win on Friday night against Czechia, England travel to Montenegro looking for their 12th Euro qualification win in a row. The home side have never beaten England, so can they banish that unwanted record on Monday night?
Where to Watch
Venue: Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro
Date: 25 March 2019
Kick Off Time: 19:45 GMT
Referee in Charge: Aleksei Kulbakov from Belarus
TV Channel / Live Stream: Monday’s match will be live on ITV and ITV HD. Live streaming will be available on the ITV website if you’re in the UK or via the ITV Hub on your mobile or tablet device.
Montenegro vs England – The Form Guide
It was fairly even in Sofia on Friday afternoon as Montenegro played out a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria. With only two wins to their name in their last 13 games, the home side have it all to do against England on Monday night.
They did the double over Lithuania in the UEFA Nations League at the back end of last year, but they’ve lost three of the last four home games. Those defeats weren’t exactly against strong opposition either. Montenegro lost 1-0 to Romania, 2-0 to Serbia, and 2-0 to Slovenia. They simply struggle to score goals.
As far as England are concerned, they’re in tremendous form. After a thumping 5-0 win on Friday night against the Czech Republic, they’ll look to follow it up with another impressive win against a side they’ve never lost to (W1 D3).
Raheem Sterling is turning into an absolute monster of a player. There’s no stopping him after a second hat-trick this month. Will he get a rest on Monday? Possibly. You can argue that it should be a walk in the park for England. The Three Lions have now won 11 in a row in European qualifiers. In fact, it’s 19 games in Euro qualifying without defeat. I fully expect it to be 12 wins in a row at full-time in this one.
What is the England Team News?
Eric Dier is out of Monday's game after he came off injured early on in England’s win over the Czech Republic. Declan Rice could take his place after a making a solid start to his England career in the second half against the Czechs.
We’re running out of superlatives for Raheem Sterling. He’s that good at the moment. Southgate could give him a rest, though, as there are more than adequate players ready to step up to replace him in a game that should be comfortable. It’s probably more than likely, however, that he’ll start and come of early if things go well.
Callum Hudson-Odoi became the youngster ever England player to win his first cap in a competitive match on Friday night. He could well start on the bench again in Montenegro, though. I don’t think Southgate will tinker with his side too much, but there could be a couple of changes.
England Predicted XI: Pickford, Trippier, Keane, Maguire, Rose, Henderson, Rice, Barkley, Sancho, Sterling, Kane.
England are huge favourites at 8/15 to chalk up another win on Monday. Montenegro are clear underdogs at 5/1, with the draw on offer with most bookies at 3/1.
0-3. Montenegro struggle to score goals in their own country. They’ve failed to bag a goal in three of their last four home games. Much like the Czech Republic, I can’t see them troubling the England backline unless a mistake happens. Which is possible at times with England, there’s no denying that. Southgate’s side will win this comfortably, but it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact scoreline.
After the 5-0 win on Friday, over 2.5 goals has shortened every so slightly for England’s next fixture, but I still think the odds are decent at 11/8. England could win to nil at better odds, but Montenegro have score in both home matches played against the Three Lions. With that in mind, over 2.5 goals at 11/8 is appealing.
Match Stats & Facts
- Montenegro have never beaten England.
- Both matches between the two sides in Montenegro have ended in score draws.
- England have won 11 Euro qualification games in a row.
- Montenegro have failed to score in four of their last six home games.
- Harry Kane now has 16 goals in his last 18 England starts.