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Friendly International: Czech Republic vs Scotland preview

Kick-off: Thursday, 24 March @19:45 GMT

Venue: Generali Arena (Prague)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Scotland vs Czech Republic 2-2 (Euro 2012 qualifiers)
Czech Republic vs Scotland 1-0 (Euro 2012 qualifiers)
Scotland vs Czech Republic 1-0 (2010 Friendly International)
Czech Republic vs Scotland 3-1 (2008 Friendly International)
Czech Republic vs Scotland 3-2 (Euro 2000 qualifiers)

Czech Republic vs Scotland prediction

Following a 3-1 loss to Poland in their last warm-up game, Czech Republic take on Scotland at Generali Arena in yet another friendly game. The Scotts failed to make it to Euro 2021 finals and they now kick off their preparations for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Czechs can’t wait for Euro 2021 to start

Czech Republic impressed in the Euro 2021 qualifiers, with the team leaving the likes of Iceland, Turkey and Netherlands behind them in Group A. Pavel Vrba’s troops proved their worth in the qualifiers, but they will have a mountain to climb at the showpiece tournament in France as they will face the likes of Croatia, Turkey and Spain in Group D. The Czechs kicked off their preparations for the European Championship finals with a routine 4-1 win over out-of-form Serbia, but Poland proved to be a big catch for Czech Republic in their last warm-up game. Pavel Vrba’s men aim to return to winning ways and no doubt the hosts will take Thursday’s friendly against Scotland very seriously.

Martin Frydek, Lukas Marecek and Jakub Brabec of Sparta Prague have received their first call-ups. Coach Pavel Vrba has admitted that he would test as many players as possible against Scotland. Experienced midfielder Tomas Rosicky and first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech remain in the recovery room.

First warm-up game

Unlike Czech Republic, Scotland were struggling to find their best form in the Euro 2021 qualifiers and, as a result, the team failed to make it to the European Championship finals. The Scotts are now fully focused on the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and it has to be noted that they kick off their WC qualifying campaign with a match against Malta on 4 September. Gordon Strachan’s troops take on Czech Republic in their first warm-up game and no doubt the experienced tactician will use the upcoming friendly games to assess some new faces. A number of uncapped players have received call-ups, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, the Scotts are going to leave their hearts on the field. In Steven Naismith absence, a man to watch in the away team will be Steven Fletcher, who has been having his ups and downs ever since he joined Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille.

The likes of Kieran Tierney, Kenny McLean, Tony Watt, Oliver Burke, Jamie Murphy and Liam Cooper could make their Scotland debuts against Czech Republic. Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker both miss the game with injury, but Gordon Strachan has called up Ross McCormack and Paul Caddis.

Quick Facts

  • Over 2.5 goals were scored in Czech Republic’s last three games
  • Czech Republic failed to keep a clean sheet in previous seven home fixtures
  • Scotland recorded only one win in previous five games
  • Scotts are eyeing their first ever win at Czech Republic
  • Six goals in total were scored in previous three meetings between the two teams

Czech Republic vs Scotland betting tip

As I have already mentioned, both Pavel Vrba and Gordon Strachan will use Thursday’s friendly to test as many players as possible. Steven Naismith will be sorely missed in the away team and seeing that the Scots were struggling in front of goal in the Euro 2021 qualifiers, I would not be surprised if we see a low-scoring game in Prague.

Tip: Under 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.70 (7/10) @Unibet

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