Euro 2020: Group D – Czech Republic vs England

Czech Republic meet England at Wembley Stadium in their final Group D match as both teams look to top their group. 

Victory or one point at a minimum would see Czech Republic advance as Group D winners, whereas England must win if they are to advance as group winners.

 

Team News

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Czech Republic have no fresh injury concerns to report after Friday’s draw against Croatia with a full squad in contention as manager, Jaroslav Silhavy looks to rotate his squad ahead of the knockout stages.

England manager, Gareth Southgate also has no fresh injury concerns as he looks to rotate his squad with Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson looking to start.

Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell however were forced to self-isolate following close contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour, who has tested positive for Coronavirus.

 

Stat Attack

  • This is Czech Republic’s first-ever meeting against England at a major tournament.
  • Czech Republic have won just one of four previous meetings against England in all competitions (W1, D1, L2).
  • England have kept clean sheets in two previous home games against Czech Republic (W2).
  • Harry Kane has scored in each of his two previous England appearances against Czech Republic.
  • In Group D, no player has been caught offside more than once except for Czech Republic’s Lukas Masopust, who has been found offside on two occasions.
  • No England player has completed more passes in their opening two Group D matches than the 121 passes made by John Stones.

 

Prediction

Czech Republic have certainly been the biggest surprise of the tournament so far with a confident start across the pitch, especially from Patrik Schick who has been excellent up front whilst West Ham’s Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek continue to impress in defence and midfield respectively.

England meanwhile were just wasteful with no real passion or energy to their play in Friday’s goalless draw against Scotland, meaning that a positive performance is an absolute must if they want to improve their confidence.

There however is a catch for England in that finishing second with a draw here could provide them with an easier knockout path than if they were to win this match and finish top of the group, so I can see them trying to play for a positive draw but a win would give them home advantage in the Last 16.

Prediction: Czech Republic 1-1 England

Result: Czech Republic 0-1 England

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