Euro Betting: Netherlands vs Czech Republic
Round of 16 | 27 June | Budapest
Their Euros So Far
Netherlands have enjoyed a near perfect start to their Euro 2020 campaign, with three victories out of three, to qualify as group winners. The Dutch have been clinical so far scoring eight goals in three games, and only conceding in one game; a 3-2 victory over Ukraine.
There have been several standout players for Frank de Boer’s side, with Gini Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay being part of the goals and assists, but PSV full-back Denzel Dumfries has been their star man, with two goals, including a late winner against Ukraine, plus two man-of-the-match performances in the group stages. The rapid right-back has looked dazzlingly dangerous for the Dutch, part of everything creative that his side is producing.
For Czech Republic, whilst not as flawless as Netherlands, they have nonetheless earned the right to be feared and respected going into the knockout stages. Only a final group game defeat to England has took some gloss off their Euro campaign, with two great results, including a 2-0 victory over Scotland and a 1-1 draw with Croatia enough to help them progress as one of the best third placed teams to progress.
The Czechs also made history after their striker Patrik Schick scored a 49 yard wonder goal against Scotland, the longest in Euro history. Schick also scored two more goals in the group stages, so his side will be looking to him for more goals against the Dutch to help them reach the Euro quarter-finals.
There are no concerns for the Netherlands squad, with de Boer having a full squad to choose from as they look to go further into the tournament.
It’s a similar situation for the Czechs, except for Jan Bořil being suspended. Pavel Kadeřábek is expected to replace him for the last 16 encounter. The Czech defender did actually score against the Dutch the last time they played in 2015, Czech Republic winning 3-2 overall.
There have been 11 meetings between the nations, with Czech Republic winning five, Netherlands winning 3. The Czechs have won the last two contests; a 2-1 home win and 3-2 away win in 2015 for the Euro 2016 qualifiers. An infamous Robin Van Persie own-goal gave the Czech’s the points in the latter, ending Dutch hopes of reaching the Euro finals.
A number of current players for both sides were part of the fixtures, including goalscorer Pavel Kaderabek, Vladimir Darida, Matej Vydra and Tomas Kalas for the Czechs, and Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay for the Dutch.
This will be the two sides’ third Euro tournament meeting, with current manager Frank de Boer scoring a winning penalty in the Euro 2000 group stages. Four years later at Euro 2004 there was an epic battle, with Czech Republic coming back from two goals down to win 3-2 courtesy of a late Vladimir Smicer winner.
So, will the Dutch remain perfect? Or will the Czechs find a way?