Knowing that three points would see them land their spot at next year’s European Championships, England will be looking to lay down another marker when Montenegro travel to Wembley on Thursday night.
Landing a 6-0 win out in Bulgaria last month amidst a string of off-field issues, Gareth Southgate’s men have won five of their six Group A appearances and it is no surprise they already have one foot at EURO 2020.
On the flip side, while the Three Lions might be continuing to roar, the same cannot be said for a Montenegro side who have failed to make any kind of impression since opening their qualifying campaign.
Yet to record a single victory in any of their seven Group A appearances this year, Thursday’s guests will also be more than aware of their continued issues against England.
Suffering a 5-1 hammering when they met back in March, you might be interested to know that a similar Three Lions victory and over 3.5 goals can be found at 1/1 with Ladbrokes.
Marcus Rashford’s time to shine?
Bouncing back from their shock defeat against the Czech Republic last month to put six past Bulgaria on foreign soil, England have continued to build off of their bronze medal finish in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.
Still holding a three-point buffer over the Czechs, Gareth Southgate will know that another victory in midweek would see them clinch their spot at EURO 2020.
Although there may have remained much talk over who should be handed a start out of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford over the past few months, the Manchester United ace has continued to enjoy an extended purple patch.
Once again finding the net against Brighton over the weekend and with Sancho so publically dragged off against Bayern Munich, the 22-year-old has now bagged seven goals in his last eight matches for club and country.
Also scoring against Bulgaria last month, you might be interested to know that Rashford can be found at 3/4 with Coral to extend on that tally in midweek.
Elsewhere, one man who will not feature is winger Raheem Sterling.
After being involved in a training ground bust-up with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez, Southgate has elected to remove the Manchester City ace from Thursday’s squad.
Montenegro’s toothless displays
Putting in another worrying display and handed a 2-0 defeat away in Kosovo last month, it really has been a qualifying campaign to forget for Montenegro.
Faruk Hadžibegić’s men are yet to record a single victory in any of their seven Group A appearances and find only their goal difference keeping them from falling to the bottom of the table.
A huge part of Montenegro’s continued issues of late have come down to some glaring struggles in the final third.
Along with recording just a single victory on the road since September 2017, Thursday’s guests have failed to find the net in each of their last three matchups on the bounce, drawing a blank against Kosovo, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic.
Failing to find the net in over 300 minutes of action and no team in Group A holding a worse attacking record, Montenegro are pencilled in at 1/2 with Paddy Power to draw yet another blank on foreign soil.