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Scotland vs Czech Republic, free match prediction 14 Jun 2021

14 Jun 2021 | 18:30 | Glasgow, Hampden Park
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Proud nations Scotland and Czech Republic clash in tightly contested Group D

  • Scotland are at their first tournament since 1996
  • Former winners Czech Republic are a mainstay at major tournaments, champions in 1976
  • England or Croatia are likely to top the group

Scotland 1-1 Czech Republic

  • Tournament: UEFA Euro 2020
  • Venue: Glasgow, Hampden Park

SCOTLAND vs CZECH REPUBLIC Match Preview & Analysis

Scotland is a proud nation in many aspects and often believe that they deserve better from the football teams that they have had over the years.

Whole careers have passed, however, since Scotland were last present at a major tournament, Euro 1996. The championships in 1992 was their only other entrance to the competition, and both times they have failed to make it out of the group stage, winning two of their six games combined.

This time, they have a young, exciting squad and will be hoping to progress from the group.

On the other hand, the Czech Republic are old hands at this level. This will be their 10th championships, reaching the knockout rounds on six of those occasions and winning back in 1976.

Like Scotland, they have a good group of players and, although finishing in the top two of the group is questionable, they will be looking to grab a third spot.

Teams Preview

Scotland Preview

World Ranking: 44

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Group Stage, 1992/1996

Predicted Finish This Year: Group Stage

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Good group of players with top level club experience

     Playing at home will give them a huge boost

Reasons to be fearful:

     The Czech’s are vastly more experienced at this level

     Won only two of their last six matches

Scotland’s dreams came true 18 months or so ago when they won their play-off game, gaining passage through to their first major tournament in 25 years. 

Now ranked 44 in the world, it’s incredible that they were ranked as high as 13 back in 2007, but never managed to qualify for either the Euros or the World Cup.

They have some good players this time, too, many of whom experienced at Premier League level. Defenders Tierney and Robertson are two of the best in their position at Arsenal and Liverpool, McTominay plays for Manchester United while Che Adams leads the line for Southampton these days.

It’s an attacking looking team, though they would do well not to underestimate their opponents here.

Star Man – Che Adams

Only has four appearances for the Scots, but after an impressive season for Southampton, will lead the line with confidence here.

Czech Republic Preview

World Ranking: 40

Best Historical Finish at the Euros: Winners, 1976

Predicted Finish This Year: Round of 16

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Have excellent know-how at this level

     Likes of Coufal and Soucek experienced at top level

Reasons to be fearful:

     Cannot afford to slip up here with tougher matches to come

     Playing away to Scotland will be a challenge

Czech Republic are a team who you don’t quite know what to expect this summer. 

They have reached the knockout phase more often than not over their appearances at the championships, but went out at the group stage back in 2016.

Their form has been mixed of late too, losing to Italy 4-0 in a pre-tournament friendly a week ago. However, they have drawn with World Number 1 team Belgium recently, and boast several experienced players in their ranks.

Vladimar Coufal and Tomas Soucek have both enjoyed fine seasons in the Premier League for West Ham and Tomas Kalas is a former Chelsea player.

A lack of goals up front may be their undoing, however, with striker Schick scoring just 13 times in the German league this season.

Star Man – Tomas Soucek 

Is a warrior of a footballer, and popped up with some important goals for West Ham over the last season.

SCOTLAND vs CZECH REPUBLIC Winning Prediction

     Home advantage will boost Scotland

     Could be a cagey affair

     Tough to pick a winner

With neither side likely to finish top of the group, Scotland and the Czech Republic will want to play it cautious in order to not lose the game.

A point at this stage could be valuable for both sides, and ensure they stay on track with two games to go.

Either side could steal three points, especially Scotland playing at home in their first tournament for 25 years, but a draw seems more likely.

Scotland 1-1 Czech Republic

Author: Ross B.