Euro 2020 qualifying, England v Montenegro
The English Premier League takes another enforced break this weekend, making way for the return of the Euro 2020 qualifiers. All the home nations are in action, but the pick of the bunch takes place at Wembley Stadium where England face a crucial qualifier against Montenegro. The locals are expected to win at a canter but those in attendance will demand they not only secure all three points and cement their place at Euro 2020, but they do it in style and impress along the way.
England takes on Montenegro at the national football stadium in London on Thursday evening and you can watch the action live on ITV Sport from 7.45pm. England is in control of Group A but lost recently and have the Czech Republic for company with just three points separating the rivals. This one will go right down to the wire but if the three lions win on Thursday they will be almost there.
Profit From the Live-Action
Bookmakers lay on a spread of appetizing betting markets for punters to tuck into. Choose wisely and you could boost your profit margin while enjoying the game. Live football is great, but it can’t quite compare to earning extra cash while you enjoy the game and that’s the focus of our attention here. Our team of sports betting experts and football fans preview England v Montenegro and offer their best betting tips and predictions. Not only have we done the research to give you a well-researched selection, but we have also run through the betting odds to pick out which firms are offering the market best price.
Having your cash down on the best selection is all well and good but you must also ensure you are betting at the best possible price. There’s no joy in backing a first goal scorer winner at 5/1 if you would have had the same bet at 8/1 simply by putting in the work and shopping around. We’re happy to do that on your behalf and will flag up the best value in this match as well as a look ahead at the outright prices for those who would like to get in early and secure the best Euro 2020 odds. Will England end their wait for a major international trophy or will one of the early betting favourites live up to expectations and finish on the top step?
Euro 2020 Odds and Outright Betting
You will find over 100 markets available on the England v Montenegro match on Thursday night with bookies pricing up the match-winner as well as a number of exciting specials. Many of the original markets remain live throughout the course of the 90 minutes thanks to in-play betting. This allows you to get involved at any stage of the contest. Watch the live-action closely and pick out a bet worth having. Act quickly before traders cut the price or suspend the market. It’s a real battle of wills between punter and trader and it makes for interesting stuff.
The current Euro 2020 odds for those looking ahead to next summer’s feast of football has France as favourites and they have been chalked up at 4/1 with bet365. That’s the market best price and is better than the 7/2 you will get if betting with most of the competition. England rate as the main danger and you’ll find an 11/2 quote attached to the three lions by 888Sport, most firms offering only 9/2 on the same outcome. That rates as the best value of the Euro 2020 odds and betting. The fact both semi-final matches and the final will take place in London only helps the chances of Gareth Southgate’s England team.
Others in the outright betting Euro 2020 odds worth a mention are Belgium who come in as third favourites at 7/1 with bet365. Germany is 9/1 with the same firm and that’s the most generous call on them coming good. Spain is next in line at 9/1 and we have as big as 12/1 at 888sport about Holland returning to the summit of European football following time spent in the wilderness.
Group A as it Stands
The current set up of Euro 2020 qualifying Group A has England as leaders on 15 points with a record reading five wins against one defeat from six starts. They have scored 26 goals and conceded only six in their previous outings. That has them three points better than the Czech Republic in second who boasts a record of four wins against two defeats. They have won each of their last two, including a home victory over England and will push their rivals all the way to the finish line. If England is to win this pool, they won’t get any favours from the Czech Republic, that’s for sure.
Kosovo are next in line on 11 points and could also win the group with the right set of results in their final two games, including a win over England in their last match but that looks incredibly unlikely at this stage and they would need serious favours from the teams around them to blast their way to pole position. Kosovo is an improving team and has already proven its point by remaining competitive in what was a very good group. They will come out of this pool with credit, regardless of what happens between now and the finish line.
Montenegro is second bottom at this stage and has managed no better than three draws from their seven games. Three points on the board have them level with bottom club Bulgaria who also have three draws. The latter have conceded two extra goals and that’s the difference between the teams at present. There’s a good chance Montenegro could finish bottom if they lose at Wembley and take a bit of a beating in the process, conceding a few goals. That’s certainly possible.
Impressive Win Ruined by Racist Chanting
England was last seen making a quick-fire return to winning ways when doing as expected and beating Bulgaria. They may have been away from home but the gulf in class that exists between the two teams was clear from the first whistle. England strolled to a 6-0 victory thanks to goals from Rashford and Kane with Barkley and Sterling adding a double each. It was a stroll in the park for the victors and the perfect response to losing for the first time in this group the match before.
The shameful thing about that night was the 6-0 victory and performance wasn’t the main talking point. The match was overshadowed by racist remarks from the home crowd which led to the game being stopped twice by the match officials. To make matters worse, that incident came despite a large section of the home stadium being closed off due to a charge of racism in previous matches. It was horrible to watch and a real kick in the teeth to football fans that have worked tirelessly in recent years to stamp out this kind of behaviour.
Speaking to the press at the conclusion of the match and England manager Gareth Southgate credited his players for their performance and the way they handled themselves when subject to the racist chanting of the home crowd. The England gaffer explained the team have prepared for this eventuality and everyone was in agreement over what to do when it happened. He would have much preferred his team weren’t called into action for that reason but was satisfied they did the right thing in terrible circumstances.
England Red Hot Favourites for the Home Win
The betting for this match has England as red hot favourites and you’ll find the locals available at no more than 1/14 when doing your betting at bet365. It’s incredibly short, of course, but that stance from traders was to be expected and it’s worth noting some firms are as tight as 1/25 on the same outcome. Regardless, those betting on this match will be forced into the specials as they seek out an interest play at decent odds.
The draw is 11/1 with Ladbrokes and Montenegro are as big as 50/1 but we really don’t expect to see either bet attract any attention. This is all about how England win and how we can get a bet at a decent price. England -3 goals on the handicap appeals at 7/4 and that’s market best price when doing your betting at Betfair. The win to nil is another that will be difficult to ignore but it looks to be one for your accumulators with a 1/2 price tag attached by traders at bet365.
The big prices exist in the correct score market and you’ll get 6/1 with Unibet on the home team winning 4-0. The stats show England have had no trouble finding the net in past meetings with Montenegro. They won 5-1 away from home back in March and also recorded a 4-1 when last playing host to Thursday’s opponents.