Something has got to give as England and Montenegro put their hundred percent records on the line at Wembley and predictably, bookmakers believe it will be Fabio Capello’s men that continue their winning run; William Hill pricing them at 1/4 to come out on top.
Having comfortably seen off both Bulgaria and Switzerland, England have to be fancied, especially on home soil but the visitors, Coral’s 14/1 outsiders, have managed three consecutive 1-0 victories and that form suggests that they can make like pretty uncomfortable for the hosts.
Zlatko Kranjcar’s solid-looking troops look defensively rigid enough to ensure that it’s all square at the interval, an outcome Betfred chalk up at 2/1 and Stan James offer a tempting 7/2 for England to prevail having gone in on level terms at the break.
Elsewhere, Gamebookers rate England at 3/4 to prevail without conceding but that price looks less attractive following the news that John Terry and Phil Jagielka will miss the game through injury, although the contest nevertheless looks set to produce fewer than three goals (6/5, Betdaq).
The opener is an outstanding 10/11 with Paddy Power to arrive after the 22nd minute and Steven Gerrard is 11/2 (Victor Chandler) to put Liverpool’s troubles to the back of his mind and break the deadlock. The bold meanwhile, can back Capello’s charges at 6/1 (888Sport) to fire the game’s only goal.
England and Montenegro to be level at half-time – 2/1 (Betfred)
The first goal to be scored after the 22nd minute – 10/11 (Paddy Power)
Under 2.5 goals in the match – 6/5 (Betdaq)