Ace Football previews the international friendly between Italy and the Czech Republic and offers betting tips, odds, and stats.
Italy take on Czech Republic in a friendly on Friday night at the Stadio Renato Dell’Ara.
It will be the first of two friendlies for both national teams before this summer’s European Championship officially begins later this month.
The hosts look formidable.
Italy enter this match on a really fine note as the last few months have yielded some very strong results. In their last 3 matches, Roberto Mancini’s men finished off Bulgaria in a 2-0 win, followed by a 2-0 win against Lithuania. Their most recent match brought a 7-0 win against San Marino.
The Azzurri have been close to untouchable at the home stadium and look a cracking bet on the back of 5 wins from their last 6 matches.
Czech Republic paddling along.
It has been up and down for the visitors going into this match as recent results offer little sense of progress. In their 3 latest outings, the Czech Republic claimed a 6-2 win against Estonia and went on to a 1-1 draw with Belgium. Their latest game produced a 1-0 defeat against Wales in March.
Jaroslav Silhavy’s men have won just 1 of their last 4 matches on the road since October, and will hope to avoid another defeat on Friday.
Italy vs Czech Republic h2h
In the most previous encounter between these teams, Italy managed to hold on to a tight 2-1 win in 2013. The last 5 showdowns have largely been very equal encounters. In total, they have played 5 matches in past seasons with the Azzurri enjoying a slight advantage having won 2 matches in friendlies.
Stats and facts for Italy and Czech Republic.
Facts are calculated for Friendlies
- Italy has won the last 4 matches in a row;
- Italy unbeaten in the last 6 matches in a row;
- Italy has won the last 4 matches in a row at home;
- Italy unbeaten in the last 7 matches in a row at home.
- Czech Republic conceded n the last 8 of 10 matches;
- Czech Republic scored in the last 7 of 9 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Czech Republic’s last 4 of 6 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 3.5 in Czech Republic’s last 2 of 4 matches.
According to bookmakers, Italy have a 65% chance of winning. That equals odds of 1.65 on a home win with Mr Green, while a draw sits at 4.00. Placing a bet on the away win for Czech Republic returns you odds 5.15.