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Czech Republic vs England Betting Tips: Euro 2020 – 26.06.2021
Last updated: June 21, 2021 by Leon Marshal
England faces the Czech Republic in the final game of the group stages. Gareth Southgate’s side needs to build momentum going into the knockout phase after failing to impress in their last game against Scotland. The Czech’s will be delighted with their performances and will be testing themselves against one of the tournament favourites. Patrik Schick is one to watch, topping the scoring charts in this European competition.
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Tuesday’s clash will decide who tops the group. If we have a winner, they will win claim the Group D crown. The loser could face an anxious wait depending on other results in the group. A draw would see the Czech Republic finish first and England qualify in second.
Czech Republic Form:
Cze 2 – 1 Eng
UEFA Euro 2020
The Czech Republic is likely to be confident going into the match with the pre tournament’s second favourites, England. 25-year-old Patrik Schick is making the headlines, scoring three goals so far, including a double over Scotland in their 2-0 win. In the 1-1- draw with Croatia, Schick scored a penalty to earn his side a point. Although it was a disputed penalty, the blood coming from Bayer Leverkusen’s man’s nose showed there was contact. They go into this clash with England level on points with the Three Lions on four.
The Czech has been better with three goals against England’s just one goal. Their form has been a huge surprise, especially Shick, who had spells in Sampdoria, Roma, and RB Leipzig. He managed thirteen goals in thirty-three games and, before this tournament, had never scored in a major tournament for his country. Nevertheless, he has been deemed one of the talents to watch.
Tomáš Souček is another player to keep an eye on. The defensive midfielder is well known to English fans as he plays for West Ham. He had a great Premier League campaign with the Hammers, playing all thirty-eight league games, scoring ten goals, making one assist and picking up the man-of-the-match award on six occasions. He is one of the best performers in the Czech side, with an average rating of 7.20 over the two games. In the World Cup qualifiers, he has three goals in three appearances, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him score at some point in these championships. Overall, five players in the Czech side have a rating over 7 in the Euros so far, showing the class within the squad.
Czech look like a well-settled side and balanced in the pitch with great chemistry and understanding. That will be their biggest advantage against an English side that hasn’t discovered their best eleven yet.
The Three Lions have failed to roar as loudly as we anticipated in the first two games, making it difficult to assess their progress as a team. You get the impression that Gareth Southgate doesn’t know who his best eleven is, and the sneaky suspicion is that England players are picked on reputation rather than performances. They were outplayed by an energetic Scottish attack that just failed to get the ball in the back of the net. The fans booed the performance at the end, showing a lack of confidence in the side’s progress.
Harry Kane was starved in the game against Scotland, managing just two complete passes before being subbed off. The captain managed ten touches in the first half with just one inside Scotland’s box and completed two of five attempted passes. He hasn’t had a shot on target in the first two games but will mostly keep his place as England’s most dangerous player in front of goal, coming from a season where he won top goal scorer and assist provider for Tottenham in the Premier League.
Many fans are mystified regarding Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish’s bit part in the side. Sancho could soon return to England in what likely is to be close to a £100m deal, and everyone is well aware of the impact that Grealish can have in games, scoring six and assisting ten in twenty-four games in the Premier League for Aston Villa. The manager should know who his best eleven should be. At this stage of a major competition, the decision to play Jesse Lingard in a recent friendly after already deciding not to pick him for the Euros squad is baffling.
The team managed just one shot on target, with the manager bringing in a like-for-like replacement and did nothing to change the game. This 0-0 draw against Scotland was just their second competitive goalless draw since the moving to the new Wembley stadium. The last being against Montenegro in a European Championship qualifier under Fabio Capello.
Despite all this sounding negative, Southgate could yet prove to be a footballing genius. A draw against the Czech Republic would see the England team avoiding the biggest hitters such as France, Germany and Portugal. A similar situation took place en route to the Nations League semi-finals. They, of course, lost that game, beaten by the Netherlands in extra time.
Patrik Schick has been one of the tournament’s standout player producing World-class performances and tops the goal-scoring chart with three goals.
Soucek will be against a familiar colleague in Declan Rice, who partners in the West Ham midfield in a battle for midfield dominance that could decide the game.
Harry Kane managed ten touches in the first half with just one inside Scotland’s box and completed two of five attempted passes and is yet to have a shot on target.
John Stones and Tyrone Mings have formed a formidable partnership keeping a clean sheet in all the matches, and could both start despite the return of Harry Maguire.
Czech Republic (3-4-2-1):
Vaclik, Coufal, Celustka, Kalas, Boril, Holes, Soucek, Masopust, Darida, Jankto, Schick
Brabec, Barak, Krmencik, Sevcik, Mandous, Zima, Hlozek, Vydra, Kral, Koubek, Pekhart
NATIONAL TEAM 2 (4-2-3-1):
Pickford, Walker, Stones, Mings, Chilwell, Rice, Philips, Mount, Grealish, Kane, Sterling
Henderson, Johnstone, White, Godfrey, James, Shaw, Stones, Lingard, Watkins, Calvert-Lewin, Saka, Coady, Trippier, Rashford, Maguire, Henderson
Conclusion & Betting Tips
The Czech Republic have uncovered a hidden gem in Patrik Schick, and the 25-year-old could well be a contender for the Golden Boot. His excellent goal against Scotland will be shown for years. With three goals compared to England’s one, they appear to be the more attacking side of the two. With four points, the same as England, the pressure is on the Three Lions if they want to win the group at Wembley.
From the highs of winning their first-ever game on matchday one of the Euros, the atmosphere has gone a bit flat after the 0-0 draw with Scotland. While it was no surprise to see a spirited Scotland performance, the lack of response from England was disappointing. Harry Kane isn’t looking a threat, dropping deep to get the ball. Will Southgate shake things up, or will his defensive nature as a former defender urge caution?
Southgate’s caution is likely to make this a tight game, and we suspect that both teams would be happy with a draw. England would be the happier of the two sides, as that would mean a runners-up spot and avoiding the likes of France, Portugal and Germany. With this in mind, 1-1 seems a highly likely scoreline.
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