Big Game Focus: Czech Republic v England


England can secure their place in next year’s Euro 2020 if they beat Czech Republic on Friday. Gareth Southgate’s side defeated the Czechs in the first match 5-0 in March but can they complete the double? Here’s the Big Game Focus. Bet on the game here. 

Czech Republic aim to build on a thrilling 3-0 win over Montenegro when they welcome Group A leaders England in Prague on Friday. The hosts have won three out of five games and lost two, one against Friday’s visitors, and the other against Kosovo. They are second and are aiming to tighten that grip this month.

England are just one game away from securing their place in next year’s European Championship. The Three Lions have registered four wins from four in qualification, scoring 19 goals in the process, with Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane netting 12 of them. Can they win in Prague and qualify for Euro 2020?

Betting Preview

England have won all of their European qualifiers since September 2014. They have played four and won four so far. The Czech Republic have lost two of their last three meetings against England. Therefore, you can back an Away Win at odds of 1.40. 

The Three Lions won 5-0 the last time these two met. Czech Republic’s last six games have seen Over 2.5 Goals. Five of England’s last six games have seen three or more goals scored. You can back Over 2.5 Goals in this game at odds of 1.74.

Raheem Sterling has scored six goals in four qualifiers so far including a hat-trick in a 5-0 demolition of Friday’s hosts. You can back Raheem Sterling as Anytime Goalscorer at odds of 2.30.

Teams news

The hosts have no major injury concerns.

Regular internationals Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Jesse Lingard were left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad for Friday’s game and the visit of Bulgaria. Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori were called up and are in line for their international debuts.

Possible line-ups

Czech Republic: Vaclik, Coufal, Celustka, Suchy, Boril, Soucek, Darida, Jankto, Kral, Masopust, Schick

England: Pickford, Alexander-Arnold, Keane, Maguire, Rose, Henderson, Rice, Maddison, Sterling, Kane, Sancho