A solitary point against Montenegro will be enough to ensure that England qualify for Euro 2012 and given that Fabio Capello’s troops remain unbeaten in Group G, they should be more than capable of getting a result in Podgorica.
England’s last away match saw them cruise to a 3-0 victory in Bulgaria and although the ‘Three Lions’ followed that up with a lacklustre performance, albeit in a 1-0 triumph, against Wales, that clash in Sofia bodes well ahead of this one.
Stan James rate Capello’s charges as 3/4 favourites to land a maximum haul even though a draw, priced by bet365 at 5/2, would be enough and the hosts are 5.0 (4/1) via Betdaq to keep their hopes of automatic qualification alive by recording a memorable triumph.
It’s the visitors that have to be fancied though and Skybet post 5/2 against England edging a tight affair by a one-goal margin while Ladbrokes offer 6/1 for Capello’s side to register a 1-0 success and Paddy Power offer 7/2 for the ‘Three Lions’ to come out on top after a drawn first period.
It isn’t a fixture that promises a glut of goals, hence a tally of fewer than 2.5 is available at 7/10 (Partybets) and England look well placed to keep another clean sheet, an outcome Sportingbet quote at 5/4.
Taking that a touch further, Boylesports mark 8/5 against Capello’s side prevailing ‘to nil’ and in attack Frank Lampard will be hoping that his weekend hat trick was enough to see him secure a start. The Chelsea midfielder is 19/2 with to follow up Sunday’s treble with the opener in the Stadion Podgorica, although bookies believe Wayne Rooney is a more likely, first scorer, Totesport quoting the Manchester United man at 7/2.
Confident travelling supporters meanwhile, can back England at 23/10 in Sportingbet’s handicap betting, where they concede a goal start to the hosts and it’s 13/2 (Betfred) for the ‘Three Lions’ to notch twice without reply.