Croatia will aim to bounce back from their narrow defeat in their Euro 2020 opening match against England when they take on the Czech Republic at Hampden Park on Friday in Group D. Don't miss our Croatia vs Czech Republic betting preview with predictions, expert tips, probable lineups, team news, how to watch the match in UK, best odds and bookie offers!
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The match is scheduled for a 5pm BST kick-off on Friday, June 18, 2021. The match will be held at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland.
Croatia vs Czech Republic will be televised on BBC One for free. UK viewers will be able to watch the match online via the BBC iPlayer.
Croatia vs Czech Republic Betting PreviewCroatia’s Euro 2020 started on a sour note with a 1-0 defeat to England at Wembley. Zlatko Dalic's side failed to impress, causing the Three Lions few problems despite the shot count was level at 8-8. The Razors have struggled to maintain their reputation as world-beaters since collecting World Cup runners-up medals in Russia three years ago. The defeat to England means they have now won only twice in their last ten outings - against Cyprus and Malta. Croatia have also lost to Slovenia and drew with Armenia in the process.
Czech Republic successfully began the group stage by defeating Scotland 2-0 in their opening round. Patrik Schick silenced the buoyant Hampden Park crowd with two cracking goals - the second goal is a candidate for the goal of the tournament as Schick scored from about 50 metres as goalkeeper David Marshall was off his line. A second successive win for the Czechs, who have lost only two of their last eight matches, would seal their place in the round of 16. They will probably play less offensively this time, knowing a point will be enough to go to the knockout stage. They can sit back and hit their opponents with counter-attacks.
Best Odds & Enhanced PricesCroatia are 19/10 with Mansion Bet to win on Sunday, with Czech Republic priced at 21/10 at VBet to come away with the victory. A draw is priced at 2/1 with BetVictor.
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Croatia are favourites to win the match and can be backed at 6/5 with Betfred. Czech Republic shouldn’t be completely underestimated at odds of 13/5 with Mansion Bet while the draw can be backed at 12/5 with Unibet.
Probable Line-UpsCroatia (4-2-3-1): Livakovic; Vrsaljko, Vida, Caleta-Car, Gvardiol; Modric, Kovacic; Brekalo, Vlasic, Perisic; Rebic
Dejan Lovren is in line to return after missing the opening match through injury while Borna Barisic has not travelled. The likes of Josip Brekalo and Nikola Vlasic will be pushing to start after impressing off the bench few days ago. Ivan Perisic should retain his berth in the offensive midfield trio while Ante Rebic and Bruno Petkovic are in contention for the central striker role. Talisman Luka Modric is to be fit despite training individually earlier this week, and manager Zlatko Dalic is reportedly considering partnering the former Ballon D'Or with Mateo Kovacic in a midfield two. That would see Marcelo Brozovic dropping on the bench.
Czech Republic (4-2-3-1): Vaclik; Coufal, Kalas, Celustka, Boril; Soucek, Kral; Masopust, Darida, Jankto; Schick
Manager Jaroslav Silhavy has no fresh concerns from their impressive victory over Scotland and may opt to stick with the same XI for this clash. Anyway, goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka has been replaced in the squad by Augsburg's Tomas Koubek. Patrik Schick will lead the line once again, supported by Jakub Jankto, Lukas Masopust and Vladimir Darida. The likes of Alex Kral and Tomas Soucek will anchor the midfield while West Ham's Vladimir Coufal will retain his berth as right back.
Croatia v Czech Republic PredictionsJaroslav Silhavy’s side will be in high spirits after their confident win over Scotland but they could struggle against a technical team as Croatia. Czech Republic was hammered 4-0 by Italy in a pre-tournament friendly, and Croatia play a very similar football (even if they are not solid as the Azzurri). Only minnows such as Cyprus and Malta have failed to score against Dalic’s men in their last 17 match, with Croatia conceding 27 goals in the process. Hence, we expect Croatia to win and both teams to score. The 2-1 scoreline is our recommended correct score.
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