Montenegro vs Lithuania Match Analysis & Prediction
16/11/2023 10:45 pm
Montenegro play host to Lithuania at Stadion Pod Goricom for their second-last Euro 2024 qualifier in Group G on Thursday night.
These two nations will meet for the first time since playing out a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture held in Kaunus in September.
Montenegro were dealt a major blow in their quest to qualify for Euro 2024 when the suffered a 3-1 defeat away to Serbia in their most recent qualifier last month.
The game was level at 1-1 heading into the final 15 minutes after Stefan Jovetic has cancelled out an early opener from Aleksandar Mitrovic in the first half, but Montenegro were unable to hold on for a point as Mitrovic scored a second shortly before Dusan Tadic sealed the win for Serbia.
The Brave Falcons sit third in Group G after winning two, drawing two and losing two of their six matches, and they sit five points adrift of second-placed Serbia knowing that both they and the leaders Hungary can secure Euro 2024 qualification with a victory in their next match regardless of the result against Lithuania.
Miodrag Radulovic’s side enter Thursday’s contest having won their last two matches on home soil against Bulgaria and Lebanon, with the last time they won three home games in a row coming between August 2010 and March 2011 when they won five successive contests in front of their own fans.
Lithuania enter the contest in bouyant mood after they ended a 15-game winless run by beating Bulgaria 2-0 away from home last month, before picking up a point in a 2-2 draw with Hungary.
Pijus Sirvys was the standout performer for Lithuania across the two matches as he scored twice against Bulgaria before netting against Hungary, although two second-half goals from Dominik Szoboszlai and Barnabas Varga ensured the latter rescued a point in Kaunas.
Edgaras Jankauskas’ side have collected six points from seven matches with one win and three draws, although their hopes of reaching their first-ever major tournament are over heading into the final two Group G games.
Montenegro vs. Lithuania Head to head
In the three previous meetings between these two teams, Montenegro have claimed two victories while they have drawn once.
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Montenegro Team News
Montenegro forward Stefan Mugosa, who has featured in each of his nation’s last five matches, has been forced to withdraw from this month’s squad due to injury.
Igor Vujacic is available to return after serving a one-game suspension in the draw with Hungary, and he could take the place of Marko Tuci to start alongside Stefan Savic and Zarko Tomasevic in the back three.
Montenegro's Last 5 Matches
Lithuania Team News
Jankauskas has made just one change to his squad for this month’s international break, with winger Artur Dolznikov replacing midfielder Paulius Golibickas.
Edgaras Utkus, Linas Klimavicius and Rokas Lekiatas are most likely to lineup in the back three as Justas Lasickas and Sirvys operate as wing-backs.
Lithuania's Last 5 Matches
Montenegro vs. Lithuania: Odds and Predictions
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