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England vs Montenegro: Party time for Three Lions at Wembley

England vs Montenegro Match Preview and Predictions

England's 1000th international sees them needing just a point against Montenegro to qualify for Euro 2020 although they will also advance should Kosovo lose to Czech Republic.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Gareth Southgate's men bounced back from a 2-1 defeat by the Czechs with a 6-0 win in Bulgaria last time out to go three points clear at the top of Group A.

Montenegro have not won any of their seven matches and are only off the foot of the table courtesy of a superior head-to-head away goals record than Bulgaria.

Match information

When is it? Thursday 14th November

What time is kick-off? 19:45

Where is it being played? Wembley Stadium

Which channel is it on? ITV1

England vs Montenegro Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for Thursday's match for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

England destroyed Montenegro 5-1 when the teams met in Podgorica in March and all the signs point towards another comfortable win at Wembley on Thursday night.

The Montenegrins have twice drawn against Bulgaria - a team England beat by a 10-goal aggregate over the two games - and held Kosovo, but that has been the sum of their efforts in Group A having failed to score in their last four matches.

One of their three goals came against England, but we'd be surprised if they found the net even against a Three Lions defence that has looked suspect lately.

Only Belgium (30) have scored more than England's 26 goals during the qualifying campaign and they have bagged at least four goals in five of their six games, so unless they are planning on taking it easy, it should be another cakewalk for Southgate's side who are just 1/14 to win the game

With that in mind, the first of our England vs Montenegro predictions is England to win and over 3.5 goals at 4/5.

First goalscorer tips

Harry Kane looked weary at the weekend and Raheem Sterling has been withdrawn from the squad so despite scoring eight goals each during qualifying we prefer to look elsewhere for our first goalscorer tips and have singled out Marcus Rashford at 3/1 to get the ball rolling.

The Manchester United striker broke the deadlock in the 6-0 win in Sofia and was full of beans during Sunday's 3-1 victory over Brighton, scoring the third goal midway through the second half to make it seven goals in his last eight games for club and country, drawing first blood on three occasions.

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Anytime goalscorer tips

Six of England's players are odds-on to score any time such is the level of expectation for Thursday's game, but Ben Chilwell stands out at 9/1 to find the net.

The Leicester defender is a marauding left-back similar to Liverpool's Andy Robertson who has netted twice for the Reds this season.

Chilwell has yet to score for his country in nine appearances, but bagged one of the Foxes' nine goals at Southampton recently and could get a chance going forward against limited opposition.

Where the game will be won or lost

Jordan Henderson is suspended for England but his absence in midfield is hardly likely to be noticed in what is expected to be a celebratory evening at Wembley where former captains and members of the 1966 World Cup-winning team will be present to mark the occasion.

England have burst out of the blocks in recent games and with the fans creating a buoyant atmosphere we're expecting another early goal to get the party started.

The Three Lions have struck inside the first 10 minutes in each of their last three qualifiers and although they had to win from behind in Montenegro, who took a 17th-minute lead, England will be keen to get the job done quickly.

Take the 9/4 on the first goal being scored in the opening 10 minutes as the next of our England vs Montenegro betting tips.

Finally, we are drawn towards most goals being scored in the first half at odds of 41/20.

That's been the case in England's last three matches and we suspect an early flurry of goals could see the hosts relax in the second half after a tough weekend for some of the players in the Premier League which could prompt a few substitutions to disrupt the flow of the game.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football