Montenegro vs Romania by Meese
Montenegro had some ups and downs so far in the qualifying path, as the team had two defeats against Armenia and Poland, but bounced back to the race for the second spot with victories over Armenia and Kazakhstan in 2017, being now at second position together with Denmark with thirteen points, which is just three less than first placed Poland that looked a bit stronger than the other sides.
Of course their path to get the second position won't be easy at all, as the side now has a very important match against Romania today at home, being in a must win situation as any other might being Romania back into the fight for the second position, but also make the chances of Montenegro much weaker since Denmark will be playing against Armenia and their victory is likely there. In the most recent match they won over Kazakhstan on the road, showing their class in attack and getting an easy victory thanks to goals frmo Vesovic, Beciraj and Simic, while the Kazakhastanis were having more of the ball possession, but the away side looking as much more experienced one in that clash.
Goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic (39/0, Bekescsaba), defender Marko Basa (39/2, Lille most recently), midfielders Marko Bakic (11/0, Braga), Nemanja Nikolic (13/0, Vozdovac) and striker Mirko Vucinic (46/17, Al-Jazira) won't be playing in this one in comparison to previous few call-ups.
Romania, on the other side, didn't impress so far in the qualifiers, however the side still has a slight chance to get back into the race for the second position, but only in case they get a victory here today. After seven matches played, the side has just two victories, three draws and two defeats, being at fourth position at the moment with four points less than second placed Denmark and Montenegro.
In case Denmark gets a victory, even a victory here wouldn't make their chances of getting the play-off ticket very big actually. In the most recent match, they once again struggled to score a goal, since the team comes from a narrow 1:0 victory over Armenia, only being able to score the winning one in first minute of additional time via Maxim, making many chances in the progress, including a penalty kick in 55th minute which was missed by Stancu, while it must be said that they have played with a man more since 54th minute.
Romanians will be missing defenders Cristian Sapunaru (22/0, Kayserispor), Florin Gardos (13/0, Southampton), Fragos Grigore (28/0, Al-Sailiya), midfielder Ovidiu Hoban (27/1, CFR Cluj), forwards Gheorghe Grozav (20/3, Karabukspor) and Claudiu Keseru (18/5, Ludogorets) in comparison to previous few call ups.
Romania away from home is not reliable at all and on the other side, Montenegro now has a chance to make something more meaningful in their lives... They looked quite well against Kazakhstan and if one of the teams is closer to get a victory, that would surely be a home team. Draw can't be excluded however, but I give a small advantage at least to the home team.