Scotland vs Czech Republic
MON 14 JUN 2021 – KO 14:00
BETTING & MATCH PREDICTION
It’s Scotland vs Czech Republic at Hampden Park on Monday 14 June with kick-off scheduled for 14:00. The two sides met recently in the Nations League, so will be well prepared for their Euro 2020 opener.
Scotland aren’t really given much of a chance at Euro 2020 with the bookies. However, since this is their first appearance in the competition since 1996, they won’t care one bit!
Their first game is against the Czech Republic, but the big one for them will be their second game. They go to Wembley to take on bitter rivals England, in what is set to be a fierce encounter. Scotland finishes off the group stages, back at Hampden Park against Croatia where they could still be in with a chance of qualifying from third place in the groups.
For Scotland to have any chance of qualification out of the group stages, they are going to have to beat the Czech Republic. The two sides have met twice since September 2020 with Scotland getting the better of them on both occasions. A winning start will fill Scotland with huge amounts of confidence and in their group, this is the side they are most likely to beat.
The hosts have been to just two European Championships in their history. They were in 1992 and 1996, both times they finishing third in their group. Their last international tournament was the 1998 World Cup, so for everyone involved this will be a brand new experience.
Scotland’s current squad is one of the strongest it has been for a while. In the most recent one, it included nine Premier League players. Champions League and Premier League winner Andy Roberston is the captain, who is joined by other big names such as Tierney, McTominay, McGinn, and Adams. These are all highly experienced players, playing at the top level.
I am feeling optimistic for Scotland, well in their first game at least! The fact they have beaten the Czech Republic twice so recently will be a huge boost for them. Couple that with the fact they are playing their opening game at Hampden Park and this could be a fantastic start to Euro 2020 for them. There is value in this as well, with BoyleSports pricing them at 11/5 to start the competition with three points!
Like Scotland, the Czech Republic aren’t deemed to be one of the favorites to go all the way with the bookmakers this year. At around 100/1, it doesn’t look like they will be emulating their performance in Euro ’96 where they finished runners-up.
1996 was the Czech Republic’s best-ever finish in an international tournament. They finished second in their group that year with just one win but went on to beat Portugal and France, before losing to Germany in the final.
Since Euro ’96 though, The Czech Republic have been a constant in the European Championships. They have been to everyone since then, reach the semi-finals in 2004 and the quarter-finals in 2012. In 2016, they didn’t make it out of the group stages though, as they finished bottom of their group, with Croatia in that group also.
Czech Republics’ squad is slightly less well known in comparison to the rest of Group D. They have three players from the Premier League in their last squad, Soucek, Coufal and Vydra. A lot of their squad play for teams in the Czech First League, with a couple from the Bundesliga and Serie A. The fact their players aren’t as well known can make it difficult for players and managers when it comes to preparation.
In their first game against Scotland, the Czech Republic are the favourites with BoyleSports priced at 13/10. They are a physical side who look to capitalise from set-pieces and balls into the box whenever they can. They will have learnt a lot about their opposition after their two recent meetings in the Nations League and we expect them to set up differently this time.
Squad selection and specific team news will be available closer to the tournament.