Will Czech Republic Maintain 100% Home Record Against England?
Last updated: October 9, 2019 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||England 5 – 0 Czech Republic|
The Three Lions have a perfect record leading the European Qualifiers Group A against a Czech Republic side that has a 100% record at home. A win for Gareth Southgate’s army guarantees their qualification, while a victory for the Czechs keeps them close to qualifying, as the second-best placed team ahead of their nearest rival Kosovo for the qualification spot.
England has been scoring for fun with 19 goals in their first four games averaging 4.75 goals per match and are among the most impressive team in the Euro qualifiers as the highest-scoring team (19) alongside Belgium and France and enjoying an average of 90 per cent pass complication. They fired five past Kosovo in their previous game that was inspired by Jadon Sancho who scored his first goal for the national team, bagging a brace in the match. Raheem Sterling stole the headlines with a hat trick of assists and a goal, and while Harry Kane was on the scoreboard, the normally reliable spot-kick taker missed a penalty. An excellent first half of football by England saw them lead 5-0 at the interval. A mixture of a resurgent Kosovo and defensive frailties by England made the game closer than it should have been, Kosovo’s Valon Berisha put in a man of the match performance and netted two as they fought back to make the score 5-3 to England. Raheem Sterling (6) and Captain Kane (6) have netted 12 of the 19 goals scored by England and are the most dangerous duo to watch out for alongside Sancho who netted a brace in the previous match. Tammy Abraham earns his long-awaited first first-team call up to the national squad as the Premier League top goalscorer with eight goals in ten games. His Blue’s compatriot Fikayo Tomori has also been selected after a flying start to the season. Two high profile players to miss out are Delle Alli and Jesse Lingard who are yet to score or assist for their clubs so far in this campaign. The Czech Republic sit second in the group and are the real challengers for England in the group, despite their disappointing 5 – 0 defeat in the first meeting between the two. Jaroslav Silhavy’s side is currently second in the Group with nine points, and it looks like it’s going to be a fierce battle to qualify as the second-best team and they face competition with Kosovo who currently has eight points. A win at their turf would put then level on points with the group leaders, but England would still have a game in hand. They will face Kosovo in their next match at home, in what looks like the group decider for the second spot, with England already looking to run away with the group. Patrik Schick has scored 4 of Czech’s nine goals, managing a goal every 100 minutes. The Czech will be relying on their home support being the 12th man in the stands and will be looking to continue the impressive home form that has seen them win all their three home matches. We can expect passion from the home team, and with the prospect of excellent attacking football from England, with the trio of Sancho, Sterling, and Kane, the game promises to be an entertaining affair.
The England manager has wielded the axe, dropping Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Delle Alli, and Jesse Lingard.
Tammy Abraham earns the first-team call-up, and if he plays he will have chosen England over Nigeria whom he is eligible for, Tomori also has to choose between England and Canada.
Czech has a perfect home record winning all their three home matches so far in the Euro Qualifying campaign.
The home team lost 5 – 0 in the reverse fixture and will be looking for revenge.
|Czech Republic (4-2-3-1):||Vaclik, Coufal, Celustka, Suchy, Boril, Masopust, Kral, Darida, Soucek, Jankto, Schick|
|Subs:||Koubek, Pavlenka, Kaderabek, Brabec, Simic, Krejci, Kalvach, Husbauer|
|England (4-2-3-1):||Pickford, Arnold, Gomez, Maguire, Rose, Rice, Lingard, Sterling, Henderson, Kane, Sancho|
|Subs:||Mount, Alli, Trippier, Wan-Bissaka, Maddison, Mings|
So Far This Season
|Czech Republic This Season||England This Season|
|3 (1)||Wins (away)||4 (1)|
|3 – 0 Montenegro||Biggest Win||5 – 0 v Czech|
|0 (0)||Draws (away)||0 (0)|
|5 – 0 v England||Biggest Defeat||—|
|Schick (4)||Top Goal Scorer||Sterling (6) Kane (6)|
|Y11, R0||Discipline||Y5, R0|
|1||Failures to Score||0|
|40%||Both Teams to Score Games||50%|
|100%||Over 2.5 Goals||100%|
|0%||Under 2.5 Goals||0%|
- The Czech Republic has never won a direct match against England, the Lions winning two and drawing one.
- Southgate has a perfect record in the European Qualifications with 4/4 while Jaroslav’s side has a perfect home record with 3/3 wins.
- Two high scoring sides with all their games so far being over 2.5 goals, England have an average of 1.77 goals per match compared to 1.41 for the Czech Republic.
- Sterling is the man to watch with six goals with a goal every 54 minutes and five assists second-best to Memphis Depay (7).
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|22/03/2019||Euro||England 5 – 0 Czech||Sterling 24’|
|20/08/2008||Friendly||England 2 – 2 Czech||Barros 22’|
|18/11/1998||Friendly||England 2 – 0 Czech||Anderton 22′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
It’s an unpredictable affair with both sides in contention looking fierce. Czech has won all their home matches in the qualification with the odds for them continuing to impress at their ground being priced @13/2. England, who has a perfect record are favourites @ 4/11 while the stalemate stands @ 16/5. As the last nine of the fixtures have seen goals above 2.5, our tip would be Over 2.5 yes and BTTS yes, and you can get market-leading odds at 888sport. The Czech danger man Schick to score at any time is also a worthwhile punt.