The Czech Republic won the first leg 2-0 on Friday, Tomas Sivok’s late goal putting them in a commanding position ahead of the second leg on Tuesday night.
Montenegro have a mountain to climb and optimistic home fans can back them at 15/2 (Paddy Power) to overcome the two goal deficit and qualify for the Euro 2012 finals. More realistic may be to back them to win on the night at 6/4 (bet365 – £200 free betting) which should be within their reach.
Having said that, the home side have not won in their last six internationals since beating Switzerland 1-0 at home over 12 months ago. Given that poor run, perhaps the better value comes from backing the visitors at 2/1 (Victor Chandler – £75 free bets).
Czech boss Michal Bilek will take no chances and there will be no complacency among his players. In the first leg they defended in numbers when they lost possession and with a two goal lead we certainly see no reason for them to change that approach.
This means the onus will very much be on the Montenegrins to attack and much of the burden will fall on Juventus hitman Mirko Vucinic. Prior to the first leg the captain said, “A good result, for example, would be 1-1. The most important thing is to score. We have the capability up front to cause a lot of problems for the Czech defence.”
Indeed it was he who had their best chance to score in the first leg but was unable to beat Chelsea’s Petr Cech, despite the keeper’s broken nose. Bilek’s side have only been beaten by Spain in their last eight matches and this gives a good indication of the task Vucinic and co face in Podgorica in their quest to qualify for Poland and Ukraine.