Will England Celebrate in Style in Their 1000th Match?
Last updated: November 13, 2019 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Montenegro 1 – 5 England|
|Competition:||Euro 2020 Qualifier|
Thursday’s fixture will be historical as The Three Lion’s play their 1000th International game. The occasion will be marked by recognising notable contributions of former players and managers as the current crop will wear individual ‘legacy numbers‘ on their shirts. The match is a real example of ‘David vs Goliath’ in which a draw or a Kosovo loss in their Group A fixture will see England qualify.
Gareth Southgate’s side are among the top performers in the qualification stage of the tournament. Hitting 26 goals in six matches, with only Belgium (30) and Russia (27) scoring more, although their tallies were over eight matches. The EURO 2020 will be held across 12 countries including England, with Wembley set to host the semi-finals and the finals. England reached the semi-final of the FIFA World cup and the UEFA Nations League finals; the fans are optimistic that this time around it could be their chance to go all the way win the EUROs, a trophy that the national side has never won especially with the home advantage they would enjoy should England reach the later stages.
The manager accepts that he thirsts for a creative player in his side but stated he is still proud that the goals keep coming. England’s defensive nightmares have been well documented, conceding five times in the last three matches, most notably weak in defending set-pieces. Chelsea has the highest number of call with five while Arsenal missed out entirely on the call-up. The most deserving call ups are Manchester United’s Dean Henderson making a name for himself on loan at Sheffield United with the highest number of clean sheets (5) alongside Ederson and Schmeichel. His call up mitigated Tom Heaton’s calf injury while midfielder Barkley also withdrew with an ankle injury.
The FA confirmed that Raheem Sterling would not be considered for the clash because of a disturbance in a private team area at St. George’s Park. The City star clashed with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez in Sunday’s clash of the titans with Liverpool and the argument continued when the pair met on England duty. Sterling has since apologised, accepting that emotions got better of him and that he has resolved the issue with Joe Gomez and have moved on.
Montenegro ranked 61st in the FIFA World ranking are yet to register a competitive win in the entire 2019 calendar year. Their only win was a friendly 2 – 1 win against Hungary. They are tied on points with Bulgaria at the bottom of the table with three draws and four losses that sum up a disappointing campaign. They will be playing for pride in their last qualification match against a side they lost 5 – 1 to at home. The game will have no significant impact on the standings for the team, even if they get positive results. Man to man, the brave falcons have fewer quality players in the major competitive leagues, and you expect that they don’t stand a chance against a very experienced England squad.
Leicester City’s James Maddison, back in the squad and could start despite his casino adventure while the team was being beaten in Prague.
Raheem Sterling is not available for selection as punishment for a hostile encounter with Joe Gomez but remains with the squad and could feature against Kosovo.
England’s 1000th International fixture will recognise notable contributions of former players and managers while the current crop will wear individual ‘legacy numbers ‘on their shirts.
It’s the end of the road for Montenegro as they have already failed to qualify.
|England (4-2-3-1):||Pickford, Trippier, Maguire, Mings, Chilwell, Rice, Winks, Maddison, Rashford, Kane, Sancho|
|Subs:||Henderson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Wan-Bissaka, Abraham, Wilson, Rose|
|Not available:||Henderson, Sterling|
|Montenegro (4-2-3-1):||Petkovic, Marusic, Lagator, Tomasevic, Radunovic, Hocko, Vukcevic, Boljevic, Kosovic, Vesovic, Mugosa|
|Subs:||Mijatovic, Dragojevic, Sekulic, Bakic, Jankovic, Beciraj, Savicevic, Jovovic, Haksabanovic, Scekic, Kojasevic|
So Far This Season
|England This Season||Montenegro This Season|
|5 (2)||Wins (away)||0|
|6 – 0 v Bulgaria||Biggest Win||0|
|0 (0)||Draws (away)||3 (1)|
|1 – 2 v Czech||Biggest Defeat||1 – 5 v England|
|Sterling (8) Kane (8)||Top Goal Scorer||Mugosa (2)|
|Y9, R0||Discipline||Y18, R0|
|0||Failures to Score||4|
|50%||Both Teams to Score Games||42.9%|
|100%||Over 2.5 Goals||42.9%|
|0%||Under 2.5 Goals||57.1%|
- England has played against Montenegro five times, three draws and two wins.
- Lots of goals expected in this match with England among the best goal scorers with 26 goals while the visitors have a just kept one clean sheet in seven.
- Montenegro will be playing for pride while England need just a draw to qualify in front of their home crowd.
- England’s joint top scorer Sterling is out of the home match; we now turn our eyes to Captain Harry Kane who has eight goals and four assists.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|25/03/2019||Euro Q||Montenegro 1 – 5 England||Vesovic 17’|
|11/10/2013||World Cup Q||England 4 – 1 Montenegro||Rooney 49′|
|26/03/2013||World Cup Q||Montenegro 1 – 1 England||Rooney 6′|
|07/10/2011||Euro Q||Montenegro 2 – 2 England||Young 10′|
|12/10/2010||Euro Q||England 0 – 0 Montenegro||—|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Thursday’s game will have a celebration feel with the Three Lions playing in a landmark 1,000th game. It’s hard to see anything but a party on the field against minnows Montenegro. Southgate’s decision to drop Raheem Sterling for disciplinary reasons in a canny move in a fixture in which he shouldn’t be required, but proves a point for the future. We predict goals, goals and more goals and the bookmakers seem to agree with the correct score market going up to an incredible 11-0. We don’t think it will be that scoreline, but we do fancy captain Kane to get a hat-trick in the absence of Sterling. You can get odds of 7/2 with bet365 if you agree with us.