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Czech Republic vs Belgium Prediction & Match Preview

 

Czech Republic vs Belgium Prediction & Match Preview


Czech Republic

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27 March 2021 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET World Cup Qual

Czech Republic will be aiming to build on a come-from-behind win over Estonia (6-2) when they take on Belgium in the Group E derby. 


The Czechs impressed in their opener, but the Red Devils will pose a much bigger threat for them than their previous rivals. 

A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be West Ham United midfielder Soucek, who scored a hat-trick against the Estonians.

Belgium did well to beat Wales 2-1 in the opening match of their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign. 

Even though Real Madrid superstar Eden Hazard remains sidelined with injury, we are positive that Romelu Lukaku and Co. will find the net in Saturday’s showdown. 

Given Czech Republic’s attacking potential, punters can find value in betting on both teams to score. When the two teams met in Prague 12 years ago Czech Republic defeated Belgium 3-1.

Czech Republic vs Belgium Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Czech Republic Belgium played so far 6 matches.
Czech Republic won 2 direct matches. Belgium won 3 matches. 1 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.17 goals per Match.

Czech Republic vs Belgium Prediction

Czech Republic in actual season average scored 1.52 goals per match. In 9 (75.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (66.67%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Belgium average scored 2.86 goals per match in season 2021. In 12 (85.71%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 9 (64.29%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Czech Republic did not pick up any injury problems during their win over Estonia, meaning that the same squad will be available to head coach Silhavy for this match.

It would not be a surprise to see the same XI sent onto the field, with Patrik Schick keeping his spot at the tip of the attack, having scored his 10th international goal on Thursday night.

Burnley's Matej Vydra and Legia Warsaw's Tomas Pekhart will again be pushing for starts, but Silhavy is unlikely to alter the side that scored six times in an impressive performance.

As for Belgium, Martinez could make a change to his back three, with Jason Denayer potentially coming in for Thomas Vermaelen, with that alteration taking place at the interval against Wales.

Timothy Castagne and Leandro Trossard also both appeared off the bench on Thursday, but Martinez is likely to resist the temptation to shuffle his pack for this match.

As a result, De Bruyne, Lukaku and Dries Mertens should again start as the front three, with Thorgan Hazard and Thomas Meunier featuring in the wing-back positions.

Belgium's most high-profile absentee is Eden Hazard, with the 30-year-old on the sidelines through injury.

Czech Republic possible starting lineup:
Pavlenka; Kaderabek, Kudela, Celustka, Boril; Provod, Darida, Soucek, Jankto; Barak; Schick

Belgium possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen; Meunier, Tielemans, Dendoncker, T. Hazard; De Bruyne, Lukaku, Mertens


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