England vs Montenegro prediction: England 5-0 Montenegro
Can England secure their place at UEFA Euro 2020?
A point would do it for the Three Lions and they’ll be confident of getting it.
Montenegro are unlikely to put up much opposition as they continue to struggle in this campaign.
Wembley will host Euro 2020 matches next summer and England can ensure that they will be playing in them.
Highlights of Montenegro 1-5 England
Highlights of Bulgaria 0-6 England
England vs Montenegro: Who will win?
Unsurprisingly, England are overwhelming favourites to win this one at 1/12.
Thus, Montenegro are massive underdogs at 33/1 to win.
Even a draw would be a major surprise and that is 12/1.
Both teams to score no is 4/9.
England to win and both teams to score no is 1/2.
Over 2.5 goals is 1/3.
England to win and over 2.5 goals is 3/10.
England to win and over 3.5 goals is 8/11.
England to win and over 4.5 goals is 6/4.
Harry Kane is the third-highest goalscorer in UEFA Euro qualifying with eight goals. The captain is 7/4 to break the deadlock and 2/7 to add to his impressive tally.
Marcus Rashford meanwhile will be looking to add to his eight international goals. He is 3/1 to score first and 3/4 to net anytime.
Stefan Mugoša will lead the line for the away side. He is 20/1 to score first and 6/1 to reach ten international goals.
Fatos Bećiraj will also look to be a threat. He is 22/1 to break the deadlock and is also 6/1 to score anytime.
Both Kane and Rashford to score is 13/8.
Both Harry Maguire and Kane to score is 8/1.
Both Mugoša and Bećiraj to score is 75/1.
England vs Montenegro: Match preview
After a fixture dominated by off-field issues, England will be desperate to get back to purely football matters this month.
Exactly one month ago, Marcus Rashford, Ross Barkely, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane all netted in a 6-0 drubbing of Bulgaria in Sofia.
However, of course, that was not the story.
The match at the Vasil Levski National Stadium had to be stopped multiple times due to racist chanting from sections of the home support.
This was also a problem seven month earlier when England visited Podgorica in the reverse fixture of this match-up.
Nevertheless, in purely footballing terms, that was a much needed win.
Three days earlier, the Three Lions had lost their first qualifier for ten years and one day in Prague, going down 2-1 in the Czech Republic.
Nevertheless, England sit top of Group A on 15 points with the Czechs on 12 and Kosovo on 11 and those two play each other also on Thursday.
Just a point here would ensure England qualify for Euro 2020 but they’ll want to win these last two games to help them get a favourable group stage draw for next summer’s competition.
When these two last met, England came from a goal down to win 5-1.
This should be another easy night for Southgate’s side.
Can Montenegro cause an upset?
As for Montenegro, it’s been a miserable 18 months for them.
Since becoming an independent nation in 2007, they have never qualified for a major finals and that does not look likely to change any time soon.
Last month, they drew 0-0 at home to Bulgaria before going down 2-0 in Kosovo three days later.
That means they are still winless in this group with just three points from their seven matches.
They’re above Bulgaria at the bottom only only on head-to-head away goals as both fixtures between the two struggles ended all square.
They also can not relay on the back door route of the UEFA Nations League play-offs.
In League C4, they beat Lithuania home and away, drew with Romania away but lost their other three matches.
That means they finished 35th in the UEFA Nations League overall rankings so will not get a play-off place.
Faruk Hadžibegić has now taken over as those wins over Lithuania are their only competitive victories in their last 15.
This is their last qualifier of the campaign so can they cause a huge upset?
England team news vs Montenegro
It’s fair to say Gareth Southgate’s side is not at full strength for this one.
Although, whoever he picks should be far too strong for Montenegro.
Jordan Pickford, as always, will be in goal; this’ll be the 20th consecutive competitive match that he has started.
In defence, there’s no Kyle Walker, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Michael Keane or Luke Shaw in the squad.
Of those available, Trent Alexander-Arnold is likely to get the nod over Kieran Trippier at right-back with Ben Chilwell continuing on the other side.
Harry Maguire will be one of the centre-backs but there is a battle on to partner him.
Based on his form for Chelsea, Fikayo Tomori could make his debut.
Joe Gomez, John Stones and Tyrone Mings, who started in Sofia, are the other options.
In midfield, Ross Barkley, Eric Dier Jesse Lingard and Dele have all been left out of the squad.
Based on previous team-selections, Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson and one other will start.
After his outstanding performances for Leicester, James Maddison could win his first cap, getting chosen over Harry Winks, Mason Mount and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who’s back in the fold.
Up front, Raheem Sterling is not available for selection after a training ground incident on Monday.
Jadon Sancho is also unlikely to start as he’s been struggling with an injury at Borussia Dortmund in recent weeks.
Thus, Marcus Rashford, who scored in Bulgaria, and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who scored in Montenegro, will start out-wide.
Captain Harry Kane will continue to lead the line.
This is despite the fact Tammy Abraham has scored 11 goals for Chelsea this season but he will have to wait for his first competitive start.
Nevertheless, if England qualify in this one, Abraham and others could be given a chance in Kosovo on Sunday.
This side should blow Montenegro away at Wembley.
Montenegro team news vs England
As for the visitors, Faruk Hadžibegić is certainly looking towards the future as it is impossible for his nation to qualify for Euro 2020.
He is certainly hampered though by the fact that the three players he has playing at elite clubs are all injured.
Danijel Petković of Ligue 1 high-fliers Angers will win his 21st cap in goal.
Back-up Matija Sarkic, who’s on loan at Livingston from Aston Villa, will sit awaiting his first cap on the bench.
In defence, they’re without Lazio right-back Adam Marušić and vice-captain Stefan Savić of Atlético Madrid.
So Marko Simić, who plays his club football in Uzbekistan for champions Pakhtakor Tashkent, will be the senior man at the back, winning his 41st cap.
Momčilo Raspopović, Boris Kopitović and Risto Radunović will make up the back four.
None of the other defenders in the squad have more than ten caps.
In midfield, Nikola Vukčević of La Liga’s Levante and Deni Hočko will anchor the midfield with Sead Hakšabanović, formally of West Ham, further forward.
Vladimir Jovović and Aleksandar Boljević will continue out-wide.
Up front, Montenegro are without captain Stevan Jovetić.
The AS Monaco centre-forward is their leading scorer of all-time with 24 but hasn’t played any football since 13 April after a cruciate ligament rupture against Reims.
Fellow centre-forward Luka Đorđević of Lokomotiv Moscow is also injured.
Thus Stefan Mugoša, who plays in South Korea for Incheon United, will start looking to add to his nine international goals.
Can this side upset England?
Predicted England line-up vs Montenegro
Predicted Montenegro line-up vs England
Highlights of England 5-0 Czech Republic
Highlights of England 5-3 Kosovo
Highlights of England 4-0 Bulgaria
Highlights of Czech Republic 2-1 England
The latest tweets from England pre Montenegro
For the final time in 2019…
— England (@England) November 11, 2019
“Every time you step out on the field with England you have the chance to write a story that could be remembered forever and the players have the opportunity this week to do that.”
— England (@England) November 11, 2019
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.