Czech Republic vs England Match Winner Prediction
Recommended Bet: Back the draw @ 3.95 with Pure Win
The equation is very simple: if both sides can avoid defeat here, they’ll both go through.
In other words, a draw would suit both teams just fine and if it’s a stalemate after say 70 minutes, why on earth would either side start taking big risks in trying to win the game when they don’t need to? The way the game will probably pan out is that both teams may be ambitious during the first half but as they realise the situation, they’ll be pragmatic about things.
The record books show they’ve been quite well matched over the years anyway and even though home advantage gives England an edge, they didn’t make best use of it against Scotland.
Either way, the draw makes far more appeal than the England win, which looks too short at just 1.52.
Zero England 1st Half Goals
Recommended bet: Back 0 England 1st Half goals @ 1.8 with 10CRIC
England have been sluggish so far, especially in the first half of games.
They needed a second-half Sterling winner to beat Croatia and as we know, didn’t score at all against Scotland.
Add the pressure of the situation to the equation and the fact that as we said already, England don’t need to take unnecessary risks, and you can see why this could be a slow-burner.
And there’s a good chance that it could be goalless at the break, or at least that England don’t score. So 1.8 is a decent price on England not scoring in the first 45 minutes.
Czech Republic vs England Hot Bet
Recommended Bet: Luke Shaw to be shown a yellow card @ 4.2 with 10CRIC
Luke Shaw had a good game against Scotland and the smart money is on him featuring here again. He’s far more experienced at this level than Ben Chillwell, while Kieran Trippier isn’t a natural left-back, despite playing there in the first game.
But Shaw is no angel and has quite a poor disciplinary record. In 50 games he played for club and country last season, he got booked on 13 occasions, which is pretty high.
Ref Arturo Soares Dias of Portugal is a pretty strict official so it would be no surprise if Shaw’s name is taken down.
Czech Republic vs England fun statistics
Here are some interesting stats ahead of the big game just to round things off.
- Harry Kane has scored in each of his appearances against the Czech Republic; both were penalties.
- England have kept clean sheets in all of their last four matches.
- Patrick Schlick has 14 goals in 28 games for the Czech Republic, exactly a goal every other game.
- V Coufal and Tomas Soucek of the Czech Republic plus Declan Rice of England, all play for West Ham.
- The Czech Republic scored from their only effort on target against Croatia.