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King of Stats: All the numbers ahead of crucial England qualifier

| 25.03.2013

After an 8-0 demolition of San Marino, England’s biggest World Cup qualifying test comes in the form of a trip to Group H leaders Montenegro.

That last result means the Three Lions will travel to Pogdorica brimming with confidence though, and the King of Stats believes that his discoveries will aid punters to turn a profit on the game.

2 – The number of times these sides have crossed paths in the past, with each match ending level. 5/2 is the price regarding another stalemate here.

0 – Montenegro have not been breached in four of their five 2014 World Cup qualifiers so far. They are 31/10 to keep another clean sheet, whilst it is 7/1 that a second 0-0 draw in three meetings of the countries ensues.

14 – England are the top group stage goalscorers away from home though, having registered 14 times so far, at an average exceeding four strikes per game. Against better standard opposition, Roy Hodgson’s men are a big 9/1 to find the net four or more times in Montenegro.

4 – This is the number of consecutive home games Montenegro have avoided defeat in, with three victories emerging from these bouts. The hosts can be backed at 2/1 in the draw no bet market.

5 – In their past five matches in succession, England have carried a lead into half-time. 4/5 shots to triumph in 90 minutes, the Three Lions may prove a better value call to win the first half at 7/5.

3 – Between them, this pairing have played out a trio of Group H score draws, and such an outcome emerged when the teams last squared off in Pogdorica. 10/3 odds are attributed to the possibility of a stalemate in which both sides notch.

7 – Both teams have regularly victored without conceding in qualifiers so far however, with this proving the case in seven out of the double act’s 10 total matches. The hosts are 6/1 to claim a fifth win to nil, whilst patriotic punters can have 2/1 about the visitors emerging triumphant with a clean sheet.

2 – On six of the last eight occasions Montenegro have conceded, their opponents recorded a two-goal haul. A 2-2 draw against England is among these matches, and that scoreline has recurred most regularly during this run. 16/1 is the price regarding another repeat of that result here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee