This is our England v Montenegro preview for this World Cup match.

Once again, welcome to our preview of England’s home match with Montenegro in their World Cup Qualifying campaign. Both sides will be looking to win this one as qualification is still very much up for grabs.

 

Recent Form

England WDWDWD
Montenegro WWWDLD

Previous Meetings

12/10/2010 England 0 – 0 Montenegro – Euro 2012 Qualifying
7/10/2011 England 2 – 2 Montenegro – Euro 2012 Qualifying
26/03/2013 England 1 – 1 Montenegro – World Cup Qualifying

Goals Scored

England have scored 25 goals so far during the qualifying campaign, whereas Montenegro have scored 15.

Goals Conceded

England have conceded 3 goals so far during World Cup qualifying, while Montenegro have conceded 8.

Team and Selection News

With this being a critical match for England, Roy Hodgson may choose to rely on experience to get the nation through this extremely testing match. Thus, one shouldn’t expect too many surprises from the England team for this fixture, and such reliable names as James Milner and Frank Lampard may feature. Hodgson will be disappointed, though, that the 100 cap left-back Ashley Cole is unavailable for selection, but he does have an able deputy in the shape of Leighton Baines; indeed, many observers have been pushing for Baines to be included in the starting eleven ahead of Cole. Montenegro’s team revolves around the powerful forward line of Vucinic and Jovetic, and will look to trouble an England defence which is by no means as strong as some of its previous iterations.

Conclusion

Although this is far from a vintage England team, the nation nevertheless has an excellent record of pulling off important wins in these circumstances. The England national team almost without exception manages to qualify for the final stages of major international tournaments, and they may have a combination of too much experience, class and quality for Montenegro to cope with, despite the fact that their three previous meetings have all produced draws. Despite this portent, I expect England to come out on top this time, so my tip for this fixture would be for a narrow home victory, possibly with both teams scoring.