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Away goals could be key as Montenegro meet Czech Republic

| 15.11.2011

Even if they don’t win in Montenegro, it is difficult to look past Czech Republic progressing to Euro 2012.

Czech Republic is a side devoid of the star power that made them such a force in the 1990s and early stages of this decade, but even without the likes of Pavel Nedved, Karel Poborsky and Jan Koller, the 9/5 shots hold the advantage going into the second leg, but as they need only a stalemate to qualify, the 9/4 price for the draw could be worth taking an interest in.

2-0 down from the first leg, 6/4 Montenegro will have to adopt an open, attacking style in Podgorica, and there are definitely goals in the team, as shown by their 2-2 draw with England in qualifying.

As the home side will need to go for the jugular, and the away side can be dangerous on the break, 3/1 for over 3.5 total goals in the match looks far too big, and some may even be tempted to take advantage of the 7/1 for over 4.5 goals.

Having found the net away from home against the likes of Spain and Croatia within the calendar year, it is difficult to bet against the Czechs scoring here, and an away goal could prove vital even if they fail to win the match, so there is value to be found in the short 2/5 odds for Czech Republic to score over 0.5 goals.

For braver punters, 9/4 for over 1.5 away goals is a very reasonable price, and scoreline betting could provide an outlet to make big money.

A 2-1 home win at 8/1 and 3-1 home win at 18/1 would see the Czechs progress to Euro 2012.

A 2-2 draw also looks too long at 14/1, and as goals for both sides appear certain, punters could do worse than take interest in the 10/11 for both teams to score.



John Klee