Montenegro vs. Netherlands Tips, Preview and Predictions

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The Netherlands will be looking for a victory that would book their place at the 2022 World Cup when they travel to Podgorica to face Montenegro on Friday. Louis van Gaal’s men are top of Group G and defeated Montenegro 4-0 in Amsterdam back in September, with Miodrag Radulovc side’s now out of the fight for a top-two finish.

Where and when: Podgorica City Stadium – 13 November, kick-off 19:45

Where you can see Montenegro vs. Netherlands: Sky Sports

Last time: Memphis Depay’s brace set the tone for a 4-0 Netherlands win in the last meeting between these teams in September in Amsterdam. Georginio Wijnaldum and Cody Gakpo were also on target for the Lions in what was a miserable evening for Montenegro.

Montenegro v Netherlands Predictions and Preview

With two games two go, the Netherlands top Group G of the World Cup qualification campaign with a tally of 19 points before their visit to Montenegro. Louis van Gaal’s men have six wins, a draw and a defeat after eight games, but still need to get a win in order to secure qualification and cement top spot.

Norway and Turkey can still theoretically occupy the first two places in the group, so Van Gaal is expected to field a strong starting XI against Montenegro. Memphis Depay is expected to lead the line once again, as the 27-year-old has been in electric form after netting nine goals for his country in the group, as well as scoring six times for Barcelona in La Liga.

The Netherlands’ last defeat was the 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic at Euro 2020, and they have four wins and a draw since Van Gaal took over. However, their only defeat in the group was a 4-2 loss away to Turkey back in March, so the Oranje need to be careful when approaching this one, as the side is still not consistent enough.

Montenegro, meanwhile, are fourth in the group with 11 points and without any chance of finishing in the top two. Miodrag Radulovic’s men have three wins, as many defeats and two draws after eight games with their last one being a 2-0 loss away to Norway.

The Norwegians were also the only side that beat Montenegro in Podgorica, although it was only a narrow 1-0 defeat for the hosts. A disappointing goalless draw against Latvia at home virtually cost Montenegro the chance to fight for qualification in the remaining games, in what can be described as a solid but unspectacular campaign for Radulovic’s side.

Considering all of the above, it’s no surprise that the visitors are heavy 1/4 favourites in this Montenegro v Netherlands preview. The draw is priced at 9/2, while a what would be a shock win for Montenegro can be backed at 12/1.

One to watch for Montenegro: Stevan Jovetic is not only Montegero’s captain, but he’s been their all-time top scorer for a while now. The 32-year-old has 31 strikes for his country, three of which came in the current World Cup qualifying campaign, and he is 12/1 to score the opener against the Netherlands.

One to watch for Netherlands: Memphis Depay has easily been Holland’s best player with his nine goals in eight appearances in this qualifying campaign. The Barcelona forward scored a brace in the 4-0 win over Montenegro in September and is 14/5 to break the deadlock on Sunday.

Long shot: A scorecast could be one of the best ways to get some big odds in these Montenegro v Netherlands tips. You can get 42/1 on Depay scoring first and the visitors going on to win 4-0, while that price increases to 251/1 if you add Depay getting a hat-trick to the selection. 

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