Belgium – Montenegro 25.05.2012
Belgium hope to continue the good run of results and keep the spirits high before the start of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign in September, whereas Montenegro aim to show they can match even the best national teams in European zone.
With the likes of Kompany, Hazard, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Defour and Fellaini in the squad, Belgium are rightly considered one of the most talented national teams in the world and the good news is that the team are finally starting to play to their potential. Georges Leekens’ team showed a lot of potential in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, having played really well against Germany, Turkey and Austria, among others, but they narrowly missed out on the second place in the standings. Meanwhile, boss Leekens has left the post to take over the reigns at Club Brugge and his assistant Marc Wilmots took over. The new boss has called a very strong squad for the games against Montenegro and England, and there are no doubts he will be looking to kick-off his career with a win.
Thomas Vermaelen, Daniel Van Buyten and Vincent Kompany have been ruled out of this match, but that shouldn’t be too big a problem seeing boss Wilmots has very good replacements for the absentees.
Match: Belgium – Montenegro 20.45h
League: Frendly Internacional
Our prediction: Home Win Odds: 1.65
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Montenegro showed plenty of potential in their maiden Euro qualifying campaign, but the lack of experienced prevented them from challenging for the top two places in spite of the bright start of the campaign. The Brave Falcons ended the campaign with just one point from last five games, although the friendly victory over Iceland somewhat improved the atmosphere in the squad. Coach Branko Brnovic wanted to name his strongest line-up for the game against Belgium, but he wasn’t able to do so because of numerous withdrawals, meaning that some untested players such as Vladimir Volkov and Nemanja Nikolic should get a chance to shine.
Stevan Jovetic, Mitar Novakovic and Milorad Pekovic have all withdrawn, whereas Elsad Zverotic and Mladen Kascelan are due to arrive just a day before the game.
I believe that Belgium is more motivated and of course you have the better team compared to of today opponents to give them an advantage in this match and i believe that they can easily be resolved in their favor.