England’s chances of posting a potentially decisive victory in Group H have been given a huge boost by an unfortunate spate of injuries to Montenegrin stars.
With captain Mirko Vucinic among a crocked quartet and more men doubtful – the Three Lions can be backed for three points at 9/25 with a modicum more comfort.
Montenegro are missing their all-time leading scorer in Vucinic.
The Juventus man has struck three times for his young nation during this qualifying campaign and the lack of his class and experience in the final third will have the England backline breathing more easily.
Manchester City’s lesser-spotted striker Stevan Jovetic is also doubtful for the clash and cracking an England backline that has shipped just three goals in eight Group H games will be all the more difficult for the Brave Falcons as a result.
Goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic and centre-half Marko Basa played in past 0-0 and 1-1 draws with England.
Montenegro’s ailing attack is combined with a depleted defence – far from ideal when the in-form Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge are back to bolster the home attack.
Two of the three matches between England and the footballing fledgling former Yugoslav republic have been drum-tight draws and the experienced pair of Tom Tomsk gloveman Bozovic and Lille’s Basa were present in both fixtures.
Defensive ally Miodrag Dzudovic – famous for being on the wrong end of a petulant boot from Wayne Rooney the last time these two sides met in a ‘must-win’ qualifier – is another who may miss the Wembley boat due to injury.
When the Three Lions last met Montenegro they had Joleon Lescott and Chris Smalling at centre-half.
A 1-1 draw was secured in Podgorica despite a particularly make-shift pairing in the middle of the English defence being at the mercy of Jovetic and Vucinic.
Meanwhile Tom Cleverley started in midfield and Jack Wilshere was unavailable to Roy Hodgson.
This time the boot is firmly on the other injured foot.
The Balkan boys will be depleted as they attempt to fend off hosts that have a virtually full complement of talent to choose from.