England v Czech Republic, Euro 2020

Shane McArdle looks forward to the Euro 2020 Qualifier between England and Czech Rep

Form:

England come into this Euro 2020 qualifier on the back of three straight wins and unbeaten in their last five games.

They have beaten Croatia (2-1, Nations League), USA (3-0, Friendly) and Spain 2-3, Nations League) in their last three, before that they played out a 0-0 draw with Croatia (Nations League) and before that had a 1-0 win over Switzerland in an International friendly.

England haven’t failed to score in a competitive fixture since a goalless draw with Montenegro back October 2010.

Czech Republic have won their last two matches, a 1-0 win over Slovakia (Nations League) and before that a 1-0 win away to Poland in an International friendly. Before those two victories they lost four of their previous six games, with losses to Ukraine (twice, Nations League) Russia (Friendly) and Australia (Friendly), with wins against Slovakia (1-2, Nations League) and Nigeria (1-0, Friendly).

Four of the last six Czech Republic victories have come by a 1-0 scoreline.

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The Match:

This is the first round of qualifiers in Group A of the Euro 2020 campaign and will be a fair pointer on what level of form both teams are at as the qualification process begins. Montenegro, Bulgaria and Kosovo are the other teams in the group.

This is the first time these sides will meet in a competitive qualification environment. In the two previous meetings it was in International Friendlies with England winning the first meeting 2-0 (1998) and the second meeting ended in a 2-2 draw (2008).

Team News:

Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-cheek, John Stones and Luke Shaw all returned to their clubs due to injury. James Ward-Prowse and Callum Hudson-Odoi have been called up to replace them.

No longer have Petr Cech to call upon but Matej Vydra and Tomas Kalas ply their trade in English football, Roma’s Patrik Schick is their dangerman up front and uncapped Alex Kral will be hoping for a debut and he is one of five Slavia Prague players in the squad.

Verdict:

Seven of England’s last ten home wins have been accompanied by a clean sheet. England to win to nil is advised at 15/20

England have won their last three games with over 2.5 goals scored in each game, So England to win and over 2.5 match goals is advised at 21/20

Making his England debut since transferring from Rep Of Ireland it may be worth a flutter on Declan Rice to score anytime at odds of 9/1.



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