Wembley primed itself for an all-out, record-breaking showdown last weekend when 77,000 fans turned up to watch Phil Neville’s Lionesses face Germany in their penultimate international clash of the season.
It was a game that captured national attention, featured an Ellen White goal (who else?), and yet ended in disappointment for the hosts through a last-gasp winner from Martina Vos-Tecklenburg’s team.
This week, the drapes have been changed, the posters wrung, and Wembley once again made ready for another intriguing international clash – this time concerning the Lionesses male counterparts.
Indeed, Gareth Southgate and co might not have history breathing down their necks, but all the signs suggest that just as we saw last weekend, this could be another tough encounter for the home team.
And after trouble in paradise against Kosovo and Bulgaria, our England vs Montenegro predictions are expecting the Three Lions to have to work for their three points.
So, without further ado…
England vs Montenegro Predictions
It’s been a strange campaign for The Three Lions on their quest to claim a place in next summer’s European champions.
From defensive mishaps, as evident in the defeat to Kosovo, to politically-charged games, Gareth Southgate and co have had their boats rocked.
And travelling through Bulgaria’s choppy waters proved exactly that, given that the visitors 6-0 victory was overshadowed by shameful scenes of racism from a set of home fans hellbent on marring football idealisms.
So much so that the game stopped twice with officials threatening to abandon the match as the hosts tried and failed to quell the dissent coming from the stands.
England instead, remained steadfast, despite some of their most talented players on the receiving end of horrific racial abuse.
The players in question – Tyrone Mings and Raheem Sterling – were the pair who were targetted most. But they dealt their revenge in attacking mode.
While the former, a debutant cut a menacing figure for the Bulgarian defence, the latter bagged himself a brace by doing what he does best: allowing his performances to do the talking.
Of course, our England vs Montenegro predictions isn’t expecting anything similar at Wembley to ensue. But such an experience is a test of character, an analysis of how players behave under high-pressure situations, and a win against Montenegro this Friday will require those same levels of insight.
Sure, the visitors have been in poor enough form of late to inspire another romp from the Three Lions, akin to that of the final scoreline in Bulgaria.
A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Kosovo, courtesy of Amir Rrahmani and Vedat Muhriqa proved exactly that.
But as England have found out for themselves in the past, the Montenegrins can be incredibly resolute.
Breaking through that won’t be an easy task, as the Three Lions female counterparts will find out against the Czech Republic this Tuesday.
But it’s by no means an impossible one for Southgate, considering the embarrassment of attacking riches at his disposal.
England vs Montenegro Head To Head
The last two games in this fixture have seen Southgate’s men breeze through proceedings.
And yet, it’s worth taking a look at the less recent clashes in this tie that provide a bit more bang for the buck in our England vs Montenegro predictions.
Three consecutive draws spanning from 2010 onwards shows that the visitors have far more up their sleeves than previously thought.
True, some of that comes from camping in their own defensive third.
Yet, if England do flex their attacking muscles as they’ve done in recent games, not even 11 men will be able to keep them from scoring their way to victory.
England Team News
And there’s more positive news coming out of St George’s Park ahead of this Thursday’s game regarding the Englishman’s squad selection.
Indeed, the addition of Mason Mount and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has provided some excitement in the Three Lions attacking midfield.
Both have been instrumental in domestic affairs for their clubs recently, with Mount impressing under Frank Lampard’s youthful regime, and Oxlade-Chamberlain returning from injury with Champions League goals for the Reds.
Yet, with the pair slotting alongside James Maddison nicely, it means that Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has missed out.
Nevertheless, with the trio in form and skilled enough to feed the forwards, our England vs Montenegro predictions expect nothing but goals from the hosts.
Montenegro Team News
On the other hand, things are looking bleaker for Faruk Hadžibegić and his men.
Especially with the noticeable omissions of Adam Marusic who’s sidelined for this Thursday’s game with a thigh muscle strain, and Marko Jankovic, who is busy nursing the flu.
The rest of the squad remain primed for action. Yet, with these absences coupled with their form of late, defeat is very much looming.
England vs Montenegro Betting Tips
Even the betting tipsters agree with our England vs Montenegro predictions, with the odds about a victory for the hosts trading at 7/100.
Meanwhile, things don’t look any more positive for Hadžibegić and his mean, who are forecasting as a 25/1 pick in our England vs Montenegro match bets.
The chances of a draw unfolding are chalked up at 10/1. Yet, with the attacking dominance England possess, there is very little to suggest that the points will be shared.