UEFA Nations League Montenegro vs Lithuania 10/09/2018

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Montenegro vs Lithuania UEFA Nations League

Since Serbia’s political-sport split, Montenegro have been evolving but without having yet to qualify for a top international competition.

Still, in the final World Cup qualifying season they have already made good progress, finishing third in Group E with 16 points in 10 games, behind only Poland and Denmark and ahead of Romania (13), Armenia (7) and Kazakhstan (3).

After friendly matches in May and June, which culminated in a 0-0 draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina and a 0-2 defeat by Slovenia, Montenegro returned to the competition to make their debut in this League of Nations, obtaining an important point in the displacement to Ploiesti to face Romania, with which they drew 0-0, resisting the attacks of the attack of the Romanians and in the last quarter-hour with one player less, by expulsion of Stefan Mugosa, 26-year-old forward at Incheon United, South Korea’s first division, where he has 13 goals in 22 games.

In qualifying for Russia’18, he scored 2 of the 20 goals his team celebrated. Mugosa will therefore be down for this reception to Lithuania.
Lithuania have not started well in this competition, losing in their debut at home with Serbia, theoretically the strongest team of Group 4, which also include Romania and Montenegro.

In spite of the great offensive with which the Serbs tried to assault the Lithuanian goal, only scored of penalty, and was wasted yet another in the final stretch of the challenge.

The selection led by Edgaras Jankauskas, who went through Benfica and FC Porto in his career as a player, enjoys little expression in the Europe of football, as reflected well the passage by the last phase of qualifying for the World Cup, where they finished fifth in Group F of the European Zone with only 6 points ahead of Malta (1) and behind England (26), Slovakia (18), Scotland (18) and Slovenia (15).

These are two selections that have in defensive cohesion their main weapon, do not present great virtues if forced to assume the game and to start up of the opponent.

Still, Montenegro are substantially superior in that regard and, when playing at home, they should look for the first victory after having achieved a good result in their visit to Romania.

Best Bet of the Day Montenegro vs Lithuania

In turn, Lithuania should try to grab the point and try direct play, taking advantage of the physical power of their more advanced men, to try to score and surprise Montenegro.

I do not expect a very contested game, let alone a lot of chances. Both sets are quite competent in terms of defense and, as it is important for Lithuania to collect a point out of doors, we should have a closed and very tactical game here.

Betting Tips: under 2.75 goals
Odds: 1.50

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