England will start the 2020 European Championship qualifying campaign at Wembley on Friday 22th March, where they will face Czech Republic. The Three Lions are full of confidence and will be strengthened by a great performance in the World Cup last summer where they reached the semifinals. The Czech Republic on the other hand hopes to repeat their fine performance in the EURO 1996 by reaching the final but was beaten by the Germans at over time and a “Golden Goal”.
However, this is a game and a qualifying group England should win comfortably. Except for Czech Rep, Group A consists of Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo.
England are in great shape when it comes to qualifying games and currently have streak without loss for 18 games. In addition, they have five straight without loss if you count all the matches. The squad is exciting, and they have a new golden generation on the rise with Sterling, Sancho, Rashford and Alexander-Arnold all under 25 and lead by team captain Harry Kane.
Last five games (4 wins, 1 draw)
11 Sep 2018 England v Switzerland 1-0 International Friendly
12 Oct 2018 Croatia v England 0-0 UEFA Nations League
15 Oct 2018 Spain v England 2-3 UEFA Nations League
15 Nov 2018 England v USA 3-0 International Friendly
18 Nov 2018 England v Croatia 2-1 UEFA Nations League
Realistically, Czech Republic will fight for second place in the group with Bulgaria and Montenegro. Kosovo may put up a fight here and there, but we believe they are the weakest team in the group. Overall, group A feels open behind England. The Czech Republic has two straight wins and if the win against England on Friday they have a three-game winning streak for the first time since 2007.
Last five games (3 wins, 2 losses)
10 Sep 2018 Russia v Czech Republic 5-1 International Friendly
13 Oct 2018 Slovakia v Czech Republic 1-2 UEFA Nations League
16 Oct 2018 Ukraine v Czech Republic 1-0 UEFA Nations League
15 Nov 2018 Poland v Czech Republic 0-1 International Friendly
19 Nov 2018 Czech Republic v Slovakia 1-0 UEFA Nations League
Two games since 1993 when Czech Rep. became independent.
(England 1, Draw 1, Czech Rep. 0)
18 Nov 1998 England v Czech Republic 2-0 International Friendly
20 Aug 2008 England v Czech Republic 2-2 International Friendly
England and the Czech Republic have met on two occasions. One match ended in a draw and one won England. In addition, England have 18 straight qualifying games in for the European Championship without loss, of which they have won the last 10 straight games. With this impressive record, England are definitely the favorites.
Our tips are England win at 32Red.com with odds 3/10.
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