Romania VS Montenegro Prediction
Group E of the 2018 FIFA World Cup European qualifications proposes one late game when in Sunday evening Romania welcomes Montenegro at “Cluj Arena” in northwestern city Cluj-Napoca. Group E begins with fixtures between Kazakhstan vs Poland and Denmark vs Armenia, which will both start earlier in Sunday, so you can see that we have one of the most balanced groups here. It’s difficult to describe someone as clear favourite and we expect close competition, where every point can be decisive in the final standings. That’s vital when only top team will book its ticket to Russia while there’s possibility second placed team to be dropped from the playoffs, in case that it’s with worst indicators in rankings of the second-placed teams.
World Cup 2018 Qualifiers: Romania vs Montenegro – Preview
We are ready to go, it’s already Sunday, 4 September 2016! The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers are finally in Europe and renovated “Cluj Arena” in Cluj Napoca will host the Group E fixture between Romania and Montenegro. Do not forget you can start the World Cup season after claiming some of the best sports betting bonuses in internet. Find out more in our special Betadonis Review.
Romania lives with the disappointment of their last Euro 2016 fixture when The Tricolours have suffered defeat by Albania and it was as a result of really clueless effort, after some decent efforts in first two rounds. That caused managerial rotation and after two year break German coach Christoph Daum renewed its career, signing on his first international appointment. The 62-year-old German has 30 years of coaching experience and everyone in Eastern European country relies that he’ll qualify Romania on first World Cup finals since France 1998, when Romanian golden generation was still active.
Now it’s really difficult to recognize someone as the leading figure who can replace legendary playmaker Gheorghe Hagi, but new Romanian Anderlecht duo Alexandru Chipciu and Nicolae Stanciu contains two players in good form. Bogdan Stancu has shown great composure at the Euro 2016 finals, where he scored both penalties awarded for Romania, which forms all of their goals, is the one who’s expected to lead Romania’s attack and we already have one promising attacking trio. Adrian Popa is another player who may be featured in the attacking formation as right winger of Steaua București is in contention with Gabriel Torje, who has much more international experienced than him.
Obviously we find some positives in the potential attacking formation of Romania but Christoph Daum must take some important decisions in midfield and defense, where captain Vlad Chiriches and Mihai Pintilii are injured. This requires some rotations and we expect Cosmin Moti to start next to Dragoș Grigore in heart of Romania’s defense, while Pintilii’s absence may be covered by another player of Steaua – Vlad Achim, who’s set to make his international debut, although he’s 27-year-old.
Absence of Razvan Rat opens a gap at the left back but Steliano Filip and Alexandru Matel are two of the names who may perfectly play that role.
Montenegro strives to open new chapter compared to the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers when “The Brave Falcons” were fourth in Group G, with only 11 points won and 10 goals scored in 10 games. Montenegro national football team still dreams to qualify on its first ever big competition as an independent country and Ljubiša Tumbaković is the new man in charge. 64-year-old Serbian is known to be most successful coach in the history of Partizan Belgrade and he was appointed as head coach of the Montenegrin national team on 19 January this year. Unfortunately their first attempts are far from pleasing and Montenegro will travel to Romania after only one draw and two defeats in three friendlies – both defeats were from the relevant outings in Greece (1:2) and Turkey (0:1), whilst draw was frustrating as well. It was in March when Montenegro welcomed team of Belarus in Podgorica, where Sergey Kornilenko from Belarus was sent-off in 9th minute and despite that, game ended without any goals.
This shows that Montengro feels real difficulties to score and fact their most reputable players are far from their best days contributes for it. Stevan Jovetic can’t boast with regular football since his transfer to Inter Milan, while captain Mirko Vucinic (32-year-old already) plays in Al Jazira (United Arab Emirates) for more than two years, so this certainly reflects to his form.
Even third attacking option in face of Fatos Beciraj has some difficulties in second level of Russian football, where his Dynamo Moscow plays from this season.
Romania vs Montenegro – Prediction and Possible Lineups
All highlighted facts about the Montenegrin team are surely hinting what should we expect by them in Sunday night and that Romania must find the most adequate way to break the wall. Indeed, Montenegro have been awful in their away games and after 8 defeats in their last 10 visits, we don’t expect something different in Cluj-Napoca.
Our expectations are that Romania will cope with Montenegro and even if it happens in difficult way, or maybe with just a goal margin, we believe that Romania has enough arguments to add all the points from their first World Cup qualifier.
Venue: “Cluj Arena”, Cluj-Napoca.
Referee: Anthony Taylor from England.
Possible lineups of Romania and Montenegro
Romania: Costel Pantilimon – Alexandru Matel, Dragos Grigore, Cosmin Moti, Steliano Filip – Ovidiu Hoban, Vlad Achim – Adrian Popa, Nicolae Stanciu, Alexandru Chipciu – Bogdan Stancu. (4-2-3-1)
Montenegro: Mladen Bozovic – Zarko Tomasevic, Stefan Savic, Marko Simic, Filip Stojkovic – Elsad Zverotic, Nikola Vukcevic – Fatos Beciraj, Stevan Jovetic, Marko Vesovic – Mirko Vucinic. (4-2-3-1)