Czech Republic probably hold the cards going into one of Tuesday’s late kick-off, but the lure of home advantage in the next round should serve as an inspiration for England.
European Championship 2020
Czech Republic have exceeded expectations in this summer’s tournament, and will win Group D if they avoid defeat here.
Having kick-started their adventure with a 2-0 victory versus Scotland, Patrick Shick struck again against Croatia last time out, but they were denied maximum points late on no thanks to Ivan Perisic’s equaliser.
England were also held to a goalless draw in a fiesty matchup with Scotland last time, with a performance which was a sharp contrast to the win they chalked up in their opener against the Croats.
That said, a draw in the other group finale between Croatia and Scotland would see these two lock out the top two spots regardless of what happens here, but the eventual group winner has the advantage of staying on in London for the next opposition.
The Locomotives have all of their players available for selection.
Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have been isolating after coming in contact with Chelsea teammate Billy Gilmour, who has been tested positive for Covid.
Harry Maguire is in contention to feature for the first time since early May after recovering from an ankle injury.
Czech Republic (last 5 games): D/W/W/L/L
England (last 5 games): D/W/W/W/W
• Czech Republic have conceded nine goals in their last three games at Wembley against England, scoring only two (D1 L2). Their only previous major tournament game at Wembley was the final of Euro 1996 – which they lost 2-1 to Germany.
• The four previous meetings between Czech Republic and England have produced 14 goals at an average of 3.5 per game.
• Czech Republic are looking to avoid defeat in all three group stage matches at the European Championship for only the second time, previously winning all three matches at Euro 2004, going on to reach the semis.
• England’s 0-0 draw against Scotland was their 17th goaless draw at the Euros/WC combined, the most of any nation.
This one’s probably a stalemate, as these two teams are evenly matched and most likely will cancel themselves out in what is expected to be a hotly contested game.
Both teams have seen Under 2.5 goals played out in all of their fixtures already, and we envisage another low-scoring affair from here. Back both teams not to score at 13/10 odds.
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