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Bet on England vs Montenegro – Injury hit England face tricky tie

| 12.10.2010

England face surprise group pace setters Montenegro without a number of key players.

With Frank Lampard, Jermain Defoe, Michael Dawson and Theo Walcott all long term absentees, England have been hit with a series of late injury blows in the build up to the game.

They lost Phil Jagielka and Aaron Lennon at the weekend, John Terry on Monday and yesterday lost Darren Bent to a groin strain.

They are boosted by the return of captain Rio Ferdinand, who will most likely start alongside Joleon Lescott.

Aaron Lennon’s withdrawal may mean a first competitive start for Adam Johnson and Bent’s late pull out would seem to suggest that Peter Crouch will start alongside Wayne Rooney.

Match Odds

After their strong start to qualifying, England are given short odds of 1/5 to record their third win of the campaign against Montenegro.

But the Brave Falcons should not be underestimated, having already turned over Wales, Bulgaria and Switzerland, they will fancy their chances against a weakened England side, and, at 14/1 are a tempting bet to snatch a win.

It seems likely though that these will be the two sides fighting it out for top spot in Group G, with England already strong at 1/8 to win the group and Montengro 10/1.

Total Goals

It’s sure to be a tight game, Montenegro haven’t conceded a goal in this campaign yet and England are without Jermain Defoe.

The price of 6/5 on fewer than 2.5 goals seems like a reasonable shout considering England’s injury woes.

Wayne Rooney is still favourite to score any time at 8/11, with England hoping his three week lay off from club football will have rejuvenated him.

The Montenegrins are without wonderkid Stevan Jovetic, but can still count on captain and Serie A stalwart Mirko Vucinic for goals.

Marked at 4/1 to score, bizarrely below Kevin Davies who is 2/1, he’s a decent bet if you fancy Montenegro to exploit England’s goalkeeping frailty.

England are 10/11 to win both halves. See the full Euro 2012 qualifying football betting odds market here.



Richard Anderson