England v Czech Republic Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 22/03/19

England v Czech Republic Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews England v Czech Republic and provides us with his best bets for Friday’s Euro 2020 Qualifier by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

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England v Czech Republic Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 22/03/19
  • Time: 20:00
  • Venue: Wembley
  • Channel: ITV 1

Gareth’s Brave Lions take host the Czech Republic in the opening game of their Euro 2020 Qualifying campaign. England go into the game looking to build on what has been a fantastic season for them having reach the Semi-Finals of the UEFA Nations League.

Manager, Gareth Southgate has been able to call up most of the squad that impressed during the Nations League campaign and he has also been able to call up promising Chelsea youngster, Callum Hudson-Odoi who could win his first cap in for England in these next 2 games.

The Czech Republic had an average Nations League campaign picking up 6 points from 4 games and finishing 2nd in League B group 1 of the competition. The Czech Republic have been lively in the press before this game with Striker, Matej Vydra coming out and saying that his side fancy exploiting England centre back, Harry Maguire. Vydra also came out to say that his team will need to press and shouldn’t “be afraid to kick them three or four times”.

Team News

Marcus Rashford will miss the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro with an ankle injury.

Winger Callum Hudson-Odoi could be in line for his first England start.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, John Stones and Luke Shaw have all pulled out through injury

Head To Head

  • This will be the third match between England and Czech Republic, with the Three Lions winning one and drawing the other, both friendlies.

Key stats & Facts

  • England are unbeaten in their last 18 Euro qualifying matches (W15 D3), winning the last 10 in a row. Their last such defeat came under current QPR manager Steve McClaren in November 2007 versus Croatia.
  • England have lost only one of their 15 home games under Southgate (W10 D4), losing 2-1 against Spain in the Nations League.
  • The Czech Republic have won their last two games by a 1-0 scoreline, they last won three consecutive matches without conceding back in October 2007.
  • England's Harry Kane has scored 15 goals in his last 17 starts for the Three Lions, despite enduring a six-game drought in this run.

Possible England Starting XI: Pickford Walker, Maguire, Keane, Rose, Alli, Rice, Barkely, Sterling, Kane, Rashford

Possible Czech Republic starting XI: Vaclik, Gebre, Selassie, Suchy, Kalas, Novak, Vydra, Dockal, Soucek, Zmrhal, Jantko, Schick

Betting Odds

  • England 3/10
  • Draw 9/2
  • Czech Republic 13/1

The Verdict

England start as favorites to win this game on Friday night which is a position that they’ve not been in too often in recent years. The Three Lions have started to produce some great football and with it some great victories.

England should dominate large parts of this match and I can imagine that they’ll have most of the possession against a Czech team who will most likely be set up to frustrate. Not long ago I wouldn’t have been too over confident of England producing a great display against a team who want to sit back and counter attack but the talent that England have at their disposal now is surely capable of cracking the Czech Republic defence wide open.

England’s main goal threat comes from Tottenham’s Harry Kane, and he is 3/4 (Unibet) to score at any time during this game. It might be short odds but with Kane being the main target up front and the Penalty taker for England you’d hope there would be a chance for him to hit the back of the net here.

My next angle may be more of a hunch than stat based but I think it does offer some good value nonetheless. England are likely to start with Sterling and Jaden Sancho in attack and these two should cause plenty of issues for the opposition defence and with that in mind I would be tempted to look at a penalty to be awarded in the match at 11/4 (Boyle Sports)

England’s last 3 games have seen plenty of goals and I think Friday night’s game will continue in that way. England to win and over 2.5 goals in the match has landed in the last 3 games and It is 11/10 (Coral) to happen again on Friday.

Recommended Bets

  • 1pt – Kane to score at any time 3/4 (Unibet)
  • 1pt – A penalty in the match 11/4 (BoyleSports)
  • 1pt – England to win and over 2.5 goals in the match 11/10 (Coral)