Euro Betting: Czech Republic vs England, 22 June
Final Group Games | Group D | London
Their Euros So Far
The Czechs will be most happy going into their final game of Group D. Beating Scotland in the opener, followed by a respectable draw against Croatia means they are in top spot on goal difference and looking primed to progress to the knockout stages. Add to this, their striker, Patrik Schick leading the Euro goal charts, including a goal of the tournament contender, and confidence is high in the Czech camp.
For England, their last game and performance suggests the jitters may be taking hold! Their widely regarded lethargic performance against Scotland in their last match ended 0-0, which seems to have evaporated the confidence that their opening victory over Croatia provided. However, with both sides sitting pretty(ish) in first and second place, with four points and only goal difference separating them both, Czech Republic and England will both feel they can get over the line to the knockout stages, whether that’s at the expense of one another or not.
The only concern for all participants of Group D is that results and goals in the final games can drastically alter every team’s finishing positions, and with it, their chances to reach the next round. These games are all a must-watch!
Czech Republic Permutations
Czech Republic will go through as group winners simply by avoiding defeat. They will finish second if they lose and Scotland beat Croatia in Group D’s other final game. If the Czech’s lose and Croatia win by enough goals to overtake them on goal difference, they will then finish third, yet potentially as one of the best third placed teams, which would see them progress.
England will secure top spot and progress if they win, but will secure second place if they draw or if Scotland do not win in their Group D encounter against Croatia. Similar to the Czechs, England will only finish third if they lose and Scotland win by enough to overtake them on goal difference. Now that would cause a stir between the home nations!
Interestingly – and potentially tellingly for this Group D decider – you don’t have to go back very far at all for competitive meetings between the sides. The Czechs and England met each other during qualifying for this very Euro campaign.
Whilst England ran out more than convincing winners at home, with a 5-0 victory, the more recent game in Prague ended with Czech Republic as victors in a narrow 2-1 win. For the first game, Harry Kane got himself on the scoresheet, but Raheem Sterling stole the show with a blistering hattrick.
For the reverse fixture, England did go ahead early from a Kane penalty, but Jakub Brabec equalised soon after, before substitute, Zdenek Ondrasek got an 85th minute winner on his international debut. England still ended up topping the qualifying group, but the Czech’s victory, after the initial 5-0 defeat, does make this latest meeting a lot more interesting.
It’s worth noting that Czech Republic have never won at Wembley, and that Prague defeat was only England’s second loss to them in 13 meetings (including when Czech Republic were known as Czechoslovakia).
The other victory for the Czechs was for the 1975 Euro qualifers, the tournament they went on to famously win, courtesy of the iconic penalty that became named after the scorer – Antonin Panenka.
So, will the Czechs wreck England’s hopes? Or will the Three Lions roar to victory?