After England’s excellent 5-0 win against the Czech Republic on Friday night, Gareth Southgate’s young lions travel to Montenegro for their second match of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign on Monday (March 25). The match kicks-off at 7.45p.m. and is being shown live on ITV.
However, whilst the Wembley crowd may have been partisan, the Montenegro fans in the Podgorica Stadium are sure to give the England players a hostile reception. The Montenegro players are also sure to be fired up after their draw in Bulgaria in their opening group game, as Bulgaria equalised from a late and debatable penalty.
Check out the stats, analysis and free tips for Montenegro vs England.
Montenegro Home Form
Montenegro are ranked two places below England’s last opponents the Czech Republic in the FIFA World Rankings and, though they looked unlucky not to come away with all three points from their match in Bulgaria, their recent home form is not that strong.
Their performances in the UEFA National League saw them beat lowly Lithuania 2-0, but they also lost 0-2 to Serbia and 0-1 to Romania, teams that are ranked just 31st and 25th in the world, compared to England being ranked fifth. They also lost their final home international friendly 0-2 against Slovenia.
England Away Form
England’s defence has been the main reason why England have enjoyed success on their travels over the past couple of years as, though they scored four goals against Malta, they had to really scrap for 1-0 away win over both Lithuania and the Netherlands.
They also had to fight hard to earn a point in Croatia during the UEFA National League before that memorable night in Spain, where they took a 3-0 lead before hanging on to win 3-2.
Montenegro vs England Head-To-Heads
England have played Montenegro four times in the last decade. The first two of those were in Qualifying group games for Euro 2012, which resulted in a 0-0 draw at Wembley and a 2-2 draw in Montenegro.
They were also drawn together in a qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup, with England winning their home game 4-1, whilst the match in Montenegro ended 1-1.
Montenegro vs England Team News
England haven’t reported any major injury worries ahead of their match with Montenegro, but Gareth Southgate has plenty of options if he wants to make changes.
Kieran Trippier could feature instead of Kyle Walker, whilst Declan Rice could start after Eric Dier’s withdrawal from the squad for Monday’s match. Ross Barkley and Dele Alli also look interchangeable in midfield.
Callum Hudson-Odoi could feature again at some point, as could Callum Wilson, though Southgate is expected to start with Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, and Raheem Sterling up front.
Montenegro are likely to be without Stefan Jovetic and Stefan Savic.
Montenegro vs England Verdict
England are expected to win, but this is the kind of match that used to worry England fans, with Montenegro’s three draws in four matches against England the reason why.
However, whilst England’s defence is still the solid foundation England have relied on for a long time, their attacking options are growing in numbers, talent, and confidence with each match they play.
England had 13 shots against the Czech Republic, eight of which were on target, and five of which went in. Interestingly, Montenegro also had eight shots against Bulgaria. More interestingly, Bulgaria managed 14 shots against Montenegro.
As there may well be more chances than the bookies seem to think, it could be worth taking slight odds-on about there being more than 2.5 goals. As Raheem Sterling is playing so well, with five goals in his last three competitive games for England, it could also be worth taking odds-against for him to score at any time.