Ace Football previews the Group D match between Scotland and the Czech Republic in Euro 2020 and offers betting tips, the best odds, and stats.
Scotland take on the Czech Republic for a match in the European Championship on Monday at Hampden Park. The Scots rank 44th in the FIFA world rankings, thus indicating a close match against their 40th-placed foes.
According to bookmakers, Scotland look set to leave Euro 2020 once the group stages are done. Playing with all the enthusiasm of reaching their first Euro’s since England 1996, though, should make them an unpleasant opponent.
While considered outsiders for a group win, Czech Republic should be in with a good chance of grabbing 2nd place, thus advancing to the next round. While not entirely convincing all the way through the qualifying, Jaroslav Silhavy’s side still booked a fairly secure 2nd place in the qualification group.
Stats and Analysis
Scotland head into Euro 2020 averaging just 1.6 goals per game in their last 10 internationals. Steve Clarke’s men scored a moderate total of 16 goals while also conceding a far from impressive 19 goals. That amounts to an average of 1.9 goals conceded per game. They also kept their opponents from scoring in just 2 matches.
Czech Republic, meanwhile, head into Euro 2020 hoping to keep their impressive defensive stats from their last 10 internationals going. The visitors average about 1.5 goals per game, with a total of 15 goals scored. In contrast, they only allowed 15 goals against them for an average of 1.5 per game. Rather amazingly they only kept their opponents from scoring in 2 of the matches.
Judging by the prices from the bookies, we have a fairly even match on our hands when Scotland go up against the Czech Republic. Claiming 3 points in such a tough opener could lay the groundwork for a great tournament.
The two sides seem rather evenly matched on paper and we might have a cautious match on our hands. Both Scotland and Czech Republic look to avoid missing out on points in their first match.
Stats and facts for Scotland and Czech Republic.
Fun stats Scotland
- Scotland has won the last 3 matches in a row;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Scotland’s last 12 of 14 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Scotland’s last 8 matches in the row;
- Scotland conceded in the last 8 of 10 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.
Scots enjoy steady progress.
Results have been on par, so to speak, for Scotland in recent weeks. In their 3 latest outings, the Tartan Terriers claimed a 4-0 win against the Faroe Islands and went on to a 2-2 draw with the Netherlands. Their latest game produced a 1-0 win against Luxembourg.
Visitors aim to build on their last victory
Results have been as expected, whether positive or negative, for the Czech Republic. In their previous 3 matches, Silhavy’s side were defeated 1-0 by Wales and went on to a 4-0 defeat against Italy. Their latest match served up a 3-1 win against Albania.
Scotland v Czech Republic Fixture History
The last time the two nations squared up against each other, which was back on 14 October 2020, Scotland ran away with a 1-0 victory.
The home side go into their upcoming match against Czech Republic with a 4-1-2 record in recent meetings in the European Championship.
Man of the Moment
John McGinn hit the target 3 times in the last 6 internationals for Scotland, and he will be hoping to expand on that tally here. 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.