On Tuesday night, Montenegro and the Czech Republic go head-to-head in Group A of qualifying for Euro 2020. Both teams head into the game badly in need of a victory.
Montenegro (Odds for victory 3/1)
Montenegro will have been one of the teams that went into this group feeling that they could qualify for next years tournament. England obvious favourites to win the group and still are. However, after the Three Lions, the group was and is still open.
They have made a terrible start to their qualifying campaign though, picking up just two points from their four games so far in the group. Their poor form so far leaves the home side six points behind Kosovo, who currently sit second place in Group A. This is a must-win game for Montenegro.
However, they have struggled for wins in qualifying for the European Championships in recent years, having failed to win any of their last six qualifiers, having four defeats in the process.
Montenegro have also won just one of their last six home qualifiers, after suffering three defeats in their last six matches on home soil in qualifying. The home side suffered a 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture, so will be keen for revenge in this clash.
Czech Republic (Odds for victory evens)
The Czech Republic have enjoyed a mixed qualification campaign so far. However, this is a massive game for the visitors. With second-place rivals Kosovo facing England, a win for the Czechs in this match could be enough to move them up to second place in the group.
A 2-1 defeat by Kosovo last time out ended a two-game mini winning run for Jaroslav Silhavy’s team in qualifying. The visitor’s recent record in European Championship qualifying could not be more inconsistent, as they have won three and lost three of their last six qualifiers.
The Czech Republic’s recent qualifiers have not been dull affairs at least, with at least two goals scored in their last nine European Championship qualifiers.
The visitors have a poor recent away record in qualifying for the European Championships, as they have lost their last two away matches on their travels, conceding at least two goals in both matches. However, the Czech Republic will no doubt take inspiration from the reverse fixture. They will also understand the possible significance of this game in the context of the group.
Neither of these teams has pulled up any trees in qualifying so far. However, the Czech Republic have at least picked up two wins in qualifying so far. The lack of victories in qualifying will be weighing on the home sides minds.
Montenegro really needs a victory to give themselves hope of finishing in the two automatic Euro 2020. Unfortunately for the home side, we can see the Czech Republic just sneaking the victory in a potentially low-scoring encounter. The under 1.5 goals scored at odds of 9/4 does not look like a terrible bet for this one.
Verdict: Back the away win at evens and or the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 9/4 (All odds from Bet365)
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