Czech Republic v Kosovo

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Czech Republic v Kosovo

On Thursday night, the Czech Republic host Kosovo in a potentially campaign defining game in Group A of qualifying for the European Championships.

The Czech Republic are currently in second place in the group, three points behind group leaders England, while just a point ahead of the third-place visitors. The home side knows that they cannot afford a defeat against the visitors.

They head into this clash with a good recent record in qualifying, as they have won four of their last five qualifiers for the European Championships. A 2-1 home win over England in their last qualifier was a particular highlight.

The Czechs have a strong recent home record in qualifying, as they have won seven of their last nine qualifiers on home soil. They have also scored at least two goals in four of their last five home qualifiers.

Kosovo have been anything but overwhelmed in their debut qualifying campaign. The visitors are still even majorly in contention for a place at Euro 2020. A win in this clash would certainly help their cause.

The visitors have suffered just one defeat in their six European Championship qualifiers while winning three of their last four outings. They have grown in confidence and last time out recorded a 2-0 home win over Montenegro.

Kosovo have been prolific of late in qualifying, scoring at least two goals in their last four qualifiers.

They have endured mixed fortunes on their travels in Group A, as they have won once, drawn once and lost once in their three away games so far.

TEAM NEWS

The Czech Republic have no reported injury problems heading into this potentially crucial clash. The visitors are without the likes of Bernard Berisha, Ylldren Ibrahimaj and Hekuran Kryeziu, who have featured in their squads recently.

Match Prediction

This could be a fascinating encounter. Kosovo are no pushovers, but the Czech Republic are strong at home and I believe the home side will do enough to pick up the win they need to qualify for Euro 2020.

7/10 Odds

PREDICTION – HOME WIN

Odds correct at time of publication – please check with your bookmaker before placing a bet as fluctuations can occur.