Even without Raheem Sterling, Al Hain-Cole expects the Three Lions to enjoy a prolific Euro 2020 qualifier against Hadzibegic’s men at Wembley
England will be looking to secure their place at Euro 2020 when they welcome Montenegro to Wembley for Thursday’s qualification match.
The Three Lions are three points clear at the top of Group A, and need just one more point from their two remaining matches to seal qualification.
England vs Montenegro latest odds
Having run out comfortable 5-1 winners in March’s reverse encounter in Podgorica, they are overwhelming 1/18 (1.06) favourites with 888Sport to wrap things up with a win here.
Faruk Hadzibegic’s men have not won any of their seven group games so far but can be backed at 34/1 (35.00) to end the campaign with a shock victory in London.
Three of the five previous meetings between the sides have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 23/2 (12.50) on this one also finishing up all square.
England vs Montenegro team news
Raheem Sterling has been dropped from the squad for this game after a training ground bust-up with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, while Jordan Henderson is suspended following an accumulation of bookings.
Adam Marusic and Aleksandar Scekic have both withdrawn from the squad due to injuries, with key men Stevan Jovetic and Stefan Savic also ruled out.
England vs Montenegro preview
While Sterling’s removal from contention for this match has caused a great deal of debate, that decision was no doubt made easier by the quality of the opposition.
Gareth Southgate is unlikely to need his star attacker in order to overcome a visiting team that comes into this one on the back of nine games without a competitive win and have conceded a total of nine goals in their two most recent encounters with England.
What’s more, the Brave Falcons head to Wembley without the majority of their first choice backline, with six of the seven defenders in the squad boasting no more than seven international caps.
England vs Montenegro predictions
Averaging over four goals a game so far in qualification, an England team even without Sterling are well worth the 11/10 (2.10) scoring over 3.5 for their sixth qualifier in seven when they take on a weakened Montenegro.
England to score over 3.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with 888Sport