England v Montenegro Preview

October 9, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit RequiredWorld Cup Qualification action Friday Night comes from Wembley Stadium featuring England versus Montenegro.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on ITV 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 20:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

England v Montenegro Preview, 2014 World Cup Qualification, Friday 11th October 2013

An important match for both sides and one that will go a long way in deciding which of these two teams will be jetting off to Brazil next summer for the World Cup Finals.

England currently top the group and remain the only unbeaten side during the group so far and a victory on Friday night at Wembley Stadium would put Roy Hodgson’s side in a very good position to qualify for next summers world cup finals in Brazil with just three games remaining.

Montenegro must win the game if they are to keep their hopes alive of winning the group and with it automatic qualification to Brazil next summer, but a draw on Friday night in north west London could be enough to see Branko Brnovic’s side still in with a realistic chance of making the finals with just three games left to play.

England v Montenegro Team News

England Team News:

Ashley Cole has been ruled out of this one as he continues to receive treatment for a rib injury, Leighton Baines will step in to provide cover in the left back position. Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge look the two most likely to start the game up front for the hosts, but Southampton’s Rickie Lambert does look likely to get some time on the pitch at some point during the game having been impressive in recent appearances for his country.

Wayne Rooney is England’s current top goalscorer with 36 and Friday night’s game at Wembley Stadium provides the chance for the Manchester United hitman to add more goals to that already impressive tally.

Montenegro Team News:

Goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic, Captain Mirko Vucinic, defender Marko Basa and midfielder Miodrag Pekovic are all unavailable for the visitors. Branko Brnovic’s side will need at least a point from this game if they are to keep hopes alive of making the finals in Brazil next summer.

Mirko Vucinic is the current top goalscorer for Montenegro with 15, but he will not feature in this game on Friday night due to injury.

England v Montenegro Head to Head Statistics

Friday night’s game from Wembley Stadium will become just the 4th meeting between the two nations over the years, of which England have won 0 times, Montenegro have won 0 times and there has been 3 draws.

The head to head statistics table below shows the previous 3 matches played between the two nations having ended all square.

26/03/13 WQE Montenegro – England
1 : 1
07/10/11 ECQ Montenegro – England
2 : 2
12/10/10 ECQ England – Montenegro
0 : 0

Average Goals Per Game?

6 goals have been scored during the previous 3 matches which gives us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.00 which suggests suggests we should see at least a couple of goals scored during this game on Friday night.

England v Montenegro Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

England: D D W W D

Montenegro: W D L D D

England have a slight advantage on the recent form statistics having won 2, drawn 3 and lost 0 of their previous 5 games played. Montenegro have only managed to secure 1 victory, 3 draws and 1 defeat from their previous 5 matches.

England v Montenegro Match Betting Odds Market.

England are the very strong odds on favourites to win this game on Friday night with the online bookmakers offering up a best price of 4/11 with Betfred (£10 Free Bets, No Deposit Required for New Customers) currently available for Roy Hodgson’s men to take a giant step towards winning the group and automatic qualification to Brazil next summer.

The Draw has been the result in all three previous games played between the two nations and with so much at stake in this game on Friday night in North London, it wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to see another and at a current best price of 4/1 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers), this does definitely look worth covering.

Montenegro will again no doubt be confident of obtaining at least something from this game on Friday night to take back home with them and keep hopes alive of qualification, but news of Mirko Vucinic not being available does seriously dent their chances in my opinion and the online bookmakers seem to agree and have the visitors priced up at a best price of 17/2 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) to pull off what would be a shock victory.

England v Montenegro Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

England can pretty much secure qualification to next summers World Cup in Brazil with a victory from this game and manager Roy Hodgson will no doubt pick his strongest lineup available in an attempt to secure what would be a very important 3pts.

Montenegro have been a huge thorn in England’s side in the three previous meetings over recent years, but with the visitors without their Captain and top goalscorer Mirko Vucinic their chances of winning this game do seem limited and manager Branko Brnovic will no doubt be looking for his side to defend deep in large numbers in the hope of returning home with a point which would keep them on track of making at least the play-offs for place in next summers finals.

Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge look the most likely to spearhead the attack up front for the hosts on Friday night in what should be a packed out Wembley Stadium and with both of these players in excellent scoring form so far this season for their clubs I am expecting Roy Hodgson’s side to throw caution to the wind here and attack their visitors from the very start of this match which should result in an early England goal.

The goal stats suggest at least a couple of goals to be scored during this game and I think England will get them both as with the visitors without their Captain and Top Goalscorer Mirko Vucinic their chances in front of goal are going to be very limited indeed and this should be business as usual for Roy Hodgson’s side who can then look forward to securing qualification next week against Poland.

The Verdict

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