Montenegro leads group H ahead of a vital clash with England and just like their opponents, the hosts are yet to lose a match. With the second leg being scheduled to also be the final fixture of the group stage, the importance of this match is self-evident and the hosts can’t afford to lose.
Match: Montenegro vs England
Bet: Montenegro 1X
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.10
At the beginning of the qualifying campaign, Montenegro fans couldn’t have possible envisioned any circumstance in which their teams would be winning the group. Even qualification seemed unlikely, with Ukraine being the favorite for the second place, but now the small country from the former Yugoslavia has reasons to be optimistic. They haven’t scored as many goals against weaker teams and this might hurt them if at the end of the group stage they find themselves tied with England for the lead.
This is why the hosts need at least a draw tonight to preserve their two-points lead over the runner-ups and they have the team to scrap a draw. England was impressive on Friday but eight goals don’t carry the same weight when they are scored against San Marino. Hodgson is probably thrilled with the manner in which his players performed and will contemplate the possibility of using the same team on Tuesday. It would be an interesting experiment, but one that might fail miserably against a vastly superior defense.
Home pitch advantage is huge for Montenegro and the visitors shouldn’t let their status of favorites deceive them, because this will be a tough match. Punters don’t need to hurry if they plan on backing the hosts because the odds are unlikely to drop before kickoff. Nevertheless, odds of 2.10 with Pinnacle Sports are definitely covering the risks of Montenegro losing at home.