Czech Republic vs SpainUEFA Nations League, KO: 19:45 Jun 5, 2022, Sinobo Stadium
After being held in their opening fixture, Spain travel to Czech Republic seeking their first win in Group A2 of the UEFA Nations League. The Czechs have the quality to cause problems but Spain will be banking on their fine record in this fixture and should have the edge on Sunday.
Czech Republic began the UEFA Nations League with a 2-1 home victory over Switzerland. They made a fast start and took an early lead through Jan Kuchta while a second half own goal from Djibril Sow earned them the win after the Swiss had drawn level.
Given the quality of opponents in Group A2 of the UNL, Czech Republic will be pleased to have made a fine start to their campaign and are now top of the group. That result is also an extension of their recent good form as Jaroslav Silhavy’s men have suffered just one defeat in their last eight matches across all competitions.
Czech Republic are solid at home and head into Sunday’s clash unbeaten in their last six matches in front of their fans. They have won the last three fixtures in that run with the biggest victory a 7-0 friendly win over Kuwait.
Spain will be disappointed not to have seen out the win after making a fast start in their opening fixture against Portugal. They took an early lead through Alvaro Morata and looked to be on course for the victory but conceded the equaliser five minutes from time.
The Spaniards are looking to go one better this time around after reaching last year’s final and will be keen to get a win under their belt. They will consider the result against Portugal a mere blip having won seven of their last nine matches across all competitions.
Another reason for Spainish confidence heading into Sunday’s match is their recent record on the road. Luis Enrique's men have won their last three away matches, a run that includes a 2-1 victory over European champions Italy.
How the bookies view it
Spain are considered overwhelming favourites among the bookies and are priced at 4/5 by Unibet to claim the win. A victory for Czech Republic is valued at 21/5 by SBK, who are also offering odds of 27/10 for a draw.
Head to head
Spain have never lost to the Czechs, claiming four wins and a draw from five previous matches. They earned a 1-0 victory when both teams met during Euro 2016 and also won 2-0 on their last trip to Czech Republic back in 2011.
Players to watch
Jan Kuchta started in attack for Czech Republic in their opening fixture and was rewarded for his effort with a goal. The forward is expected to once again lead the line on Sunday and with Adam Hlozek providing support, can ensure the hosts find the net at 4/6 with Paddy Power.
Alvaro Morata continued to show his importance to the Spaniards as he got their goal in the opening fixture. With the striker playing alongside Ferran Torres and Danny Olmo, Spain will be confident of finding the net on Sunday at 1/6 with Paddy Power.
Anything else catch the eye?
Czech Republic and Spain have quality in attack and both teams could be backed to score on Sunday at 17/16 with SBK. Over 2.5 goals can also be considered at 11/10 with SBK while over 3.5 goals is priced at 3/1 by bet365.
A closely fought opening is expected on Sunday which means the second half could be tipped as the highest scoring half at 6/5 with Paddy Power.
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