Wales vs Montenegro – Toshack holds faith in youngsters
Wales head to Podgorica as they attempt to start their 2012 qualifying bid with a win against the world’s newest international side, Montenegro.
John Toshack’s men have visited Montenegro once before where goals from Stevan Jovetic and Radomir Djalovic condemned Wales to a 2-1 friendly defeat in August 2009.
But the men in red will travel to Montenegro high in confidence after their 5-1 thrashing of Luxembourg and despite injuries to a number of key players, all 11 who started the Luxembourg game are available for selection.
Toshack will be boosted by the return of James Collins at the centre of the Welsh defence and is likely to start Craig Bellamy and Gareth Bale on the flanks with Millwall’s Steve Morison leading the line.
Wales haven’t drawn a game in their previous 22 Internationals and are 13/5 to register victory over Montenegro.
Meanwhile Montenegro are unbeaten in their last six home matches and are 10/11, but they won only one of their 10 matches in 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign and picked up the most yellow cards, (34), during that time.
Montenegro are considered the dark horses of Group G, boasting quality in Roma’s Mirko Vucinic and Sporting Lisbon’s Simon Vukcevic but they will be without the services of Fiorentina striker Jovetic, which is a big blow to manager Zlato Kranjcar’s plans.
Wales will hope they can keep Vucinic and Vukcevic quiet whilst Bellamy and Bale continue the form they’re showing for their clubs – Bale is 4/1 to score at anytime.
It’s a tough opener for Wales despite being seeded higher than their opponents. See the full Montenegro vs Wales football betting market here.