Ace Football previews the Group D match between Croatia and Czech Republic in Euro 2020 and offers betting tips, the best odds, and form guides.
Croatia is getting ready to clash with Czech Republic this Friday at Hampden Park. The match is played as one of 12 games in round 2 of the group stages at the Euro 2020. While Croatians enter the Euro 2020 as number 14 in the FIFA world ranking, their opponents are only 40th in comparison.
Prior to their first outing at the Euros, Croatia are expected by the bookmakers to at least challenge for 1st place in their group. The Blazers had few problems taking a highly anticipated 1st place in the qualifying stages and they are expected to go deep in Euro 2020.
While considered outsiders for a group win, Czech Republic should be in with a good chance of grabbing 2nd place to the next round. In a hard-fought group, Jaroslav Silhavy’sside hung on for dear life taking 2nd place and enter the Euro 2020 as heavy outsiders for the title.
Stats and Analysis
Czech Republic head into Euro 2020 hoping to keep their impressive defensive stats from their last 10 internationals going. The Locomotive averaged an adequate 1.5 goals per game, with a total of 15 goals scored. In contrast, they only allowed 15 goals against for an average of 1.5 per game. Rather amazingly they only kept their opponents from scoring in 2 of the matches.
Czech Republic will have taken many positive vibes from opening their group campaign with a 2-goal win. Scoring so many goals in a group opener is never given, and upcoming opponents will have taken notice.
Stats and facts for Croatia and Czech Republic.
Fun stats Croatia
- Croatia has won the last 4 matches in a row at home;
- Croatia has won in the last 6 of 7 matches at home;
- Croatia scored in the last 13 of 15 matches;
- Croatia conceded in the last 10 of 12 matches.
Fun stats Czech Republic
- Czech Republic has lost in the last 4 of 5 matches when playing away;
- Czech Republic conceded in the last 20 of 22 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Czech Republic’s last 8 of 10 matches;
- Czech Republic scored in the last 6 of 8 matches.
Croatians struggling for results.
Croatia go into this encounter on the back of some poor performances in the league. In their 3 latest internationals, Zlatko Dalic’s men ended with a 1-1 draw against Armenia and went on to a 1-0 defeat against Belgium. Their latest game produced a 1-0 defeat against England.
Czech Republic hope to boost points tally.
Results have been pretty much up to scratch in recent matches for Czech Republic who have performed more or less according to expectations. The last 3 times Jaroslav Silhavy’s side played out an international match they went down 1-0 in a match against Wales, which was followed by a 4-0 defeat against Italy. Their most recent international served up a 3-1 win against Albania.
Croatia v Czech Republic Fixture History
The last time the two nations squared up against each other, on 17 June 2016, both came away unscathed following a 2-2 draw.
Croatia enter the match against Czech Republic with a 1-1-0 record in their previous 10 encounters in the European Championship.
Looking at the market for a goalscorer, it would seem a good idea to side with Ivan Perisic. The Croatia international has found the back of the net 2 times in the last 6 matches. Tomas Soucek arrives at the Euro 2020 very keen to continue the momentum he has built up in his last 6 internationals for the Czech Republic. He has been on target 4 times in the last 6 matches.