Kick off: Friday, 17 June @17:00 GMT
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (Saint-Etienne)
Head to head record
Croatia vs Czech Republic 4-2 (2011 Friendly International)
Croatia vs Czech Republic 1-1 (1996 Friendly International)
Czech Republic vs Croatia Team News
Borek Dockal remains doubtful and he will be monitored ahead of the kick-off, but coach Pavel Vrba has no fresh injury worries ahead of the Croatia game. David Lafata came as a substitute in the 1-0 loss to Spain, but he could be recalled to the starting line-up. Defender David Limbersky is one yellow card away from suspension. Marek Suchy returns from suspension.
Doubtful: Borek Dockal (23/6)
Darijo Srna should start despite the death of his father. As reports in Croatia suggest, Milan Badelj and Ivan Strinic could drop to the bench, with Marko Pjaca and Sime Vrsaljko likely to step up. Real Madrid ace Mateo Kovacic could play some part in Friday’s game against Czech Republic as well. Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is widely expected to lead the line for the Croats against Czech Republic.
- Czech Republic and Croatia meet for the first time ever at Euro finals
- Under 2.5 goals were scored in Croatia’s last three games at Euro
- Luka Modric scored his 11th goal for Croatia against Turkey
- Under 1.5 goals were netted in Czech Republic’s previous three games at Euro
- Tomas Rosicky could earn his 105th cap for Czech Republic against Croatia
Czech Republic vs Croatia Prediction
Croatia will be looking to build on a hard-fought win over Turkey when they take on Czech Republic in their second group game at Euro 2016 finals. Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic proved their worth in the victory over Fatih Terim’s troops and despite the fact that Czech Republic were on the verge of sharing the spoils with title holders Spain in their opener, I am tempted to put my money on Ante Cacic’s troops as they seem to be at the top of their game.
Betting Tip: Croatia to win
Odds: 1.80 (4/5) @10Bet
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