The Premier League takes a break, and the international football returns as England prepare to face Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday night in the nation’s 1,000th international match.
Any positive result for England should ensure they progress to next year’s Euro 2020 Championships with a game to spare, and our football betting expert previews Thursday’s action.
England in the goals again?
To say England’s qualifying campaign has been impressive is an understatement, and the minor blip against the Czech Republic, they have been showcasing some of their finest attacking football.
Gareth Southgate’s side have netted at least four goals in five of their last six games and, taking into consideration the 5-1 win in the reverse fixture, there could be plenty of goals again, even with Raheem Sterling being dropped from the squad by Southgate.
England are heavy 1/18 favourites to come out on top on Thursday night and it is hard to see them getting beat.
Montenegro up against it
Montenegro’s qualifying form has almost been non-existent – losing six of their last nine matches.
They have had problems at both ends of the pitch, conceding 15 and scoring just three in the current campaign.
England are unbeaten in all five games against Thursday’s opponent, winning the last two following three successive draws and they look highly likely to extend that to six.
Montenegro are 30/1 to pull off an unlikely victory against the Three Lions.
There is absolutely no value in backing England at 1/18, so you have to look for some value across the other markets available.
England may always possess a goalscoring threat, but they can also pose a threat to themselves at the back. With that in mind, you can back England to win and both teams to score at 14/5.
With the Three Lions in their current goalscoring, I wouldn’t be put off by backing a repeat 5-1 scoreline from the reverse fixture available at 20/1.
Skipper Harry Kane has scored seven goals in his last four internationals and with Raheem Sterling’s absence confirmed by England overnight, the Spurs striker is likely to profit.
The 26-year-old is 43/20 to score twice and that represents a solid bet ahead of what should be an easy win for the Three Lions.