Czech Republic

Czech Republic vs England

, KO: 19:45 Oct 11, 2019, Sinobo Stadium
England

ENGLAND are pretty much home and dry in Euro 2020 qualifying and can already start dreaming of plotting a path to the final at Wembley next summer.

With four successive wins in Group A, scoring a whopping 19 goals in the process, their remarkable record in qualifying for major tournaments shows no sign of ending.

It's now a decade since the English tasted defeat in World Cup and Euro qualifying and even that loss in Ukraine came after an early red card for keeper Rob Green.

The only danger for Gareth Southgate's side now is complacency and this trip to Prague will probably be their toughest assignment of the section.

The Czechs sit just three points behind England in the group, albeit having played a game more, and the exploits of Sparta Prague in the Europa and Champions League over the past two seasons suggest that an exciting new generation of talent is coming through.

Czech football has been in the doldrums for too long and they haven't qualified for a World Cup since 2006. Euro campaigns have been much more successful, reaching the last six finals, but the Czechs finished bottom of their section in France last time out after taking just a point.

They look on course to qualify again as runners-up behind England, although Kosovo are nipping at their heels just a point adrift. Defeating England would see them take a huge step towards the finals but it would be a major surprise with Southgate's side in such impressive form.

It was 5-0 to the Three Lions when these sides met at Wembley in the group opener and if England are on top of their game again then they should justify their status as odds-on favourites.

But the law of averages suggests England need to slip up sometime in qualifying so the Czechs look overpriced at 8/1 with Bet365 while I wouldn't be too surprised if this ended in a draw, which is 73/20 at Marathonbet.

Southgate's side are thrilling going forward but remain vulnerable at the back, something Kosovo underlined in the last qualifier by taking a shock early lead.

Although England recovered to claim a thrilling 5-3 win at St Mary's, the fact Kosovo found a way through Southgate's defence three times will give the Czechs plenty of encouragement.

The bookies didn't give the Kosovans a prayer of even getting a goal in that game so I made a few quid by backing an England win with both teams to score. Striker Vedat Muriqi was also a whopping 12/1 to score at any time and that tip paid of handsomely when he netted his side's third from the spot.

It looks like the bookies are writing the Czechs off again here, mainly on the evidence of that 5-0 Wembley defeat. So there's value to be had on tipping goals against England, with both teams to score 23/20 with Unibet.

Czech players also have great odds in the anytime scorer market and I'm drawn to classy Sparta midfielder Tomas Soucek who is 9/1 with Bet365, despite scoring in their last qualifier in Macedonia.

Even star striker Patrick Schick is a big as 19/5 with 888Sport and that looks great value if he has fully recovered from the ankle injury that has sidelined him recently for Leipzig. He came off the bench against Leverkusen last weekend so should be fit to feature here.

Raheem Sterling has been England's talisman in this campaign and finally seems to have transferred his devastating club form to the international arena.

He netted a hat-trick in that 5-0 win over the Czechs and added two more in the last double-header with Bulgaria and Kosovo. Unibet offer odds of 17/10 on the Manchester City star netting again here and that looks great value. Skybet have also boosted their price on a Sterling double to 12/1 which may be a good long-shot bet.

Chelsea's Mason Mount is pushing for a start after impressing Southgate in training so could be worth a speculative punt in the same market at 7/2 with Paddy Power.

Dortmund's Jadon Sancho should start with Marcus Rashford struggling for fitness and out of form. He's 5/2 with Skybet to score in an England win and that's another decent option.

This match between Czech Republic and England will be played on Oct 11, 2019 and kick off at 19:45

Czech Republic vs England Betting Tips & Predictions
Both teams to score
23/20
UniBet
Thomas Soucek anytime scorer
9/1
Bet365
Raheem Sterling anytime scorer
17/10
UniBet

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