England vs Czech Republic Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News

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England vs Czech Republic
Euro 2020 Qualifying, Europe
Date: Friday, 22nd March 2019
Kick off at: 19.45 GMT
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England

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Following positive performances in World Cup 2018 and UEFA Nations League, England set to start their Euro 2020 qualifying round. Gareth Southgate’s men are set to face a tricky challenge as they host Czech Republic at Wembley.

England vs Czech Republic Possible Lineups

Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they gear up for this Euro 2020 qualifying clash.  Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and formation that they could be setting up to get them that victory.

England

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Pickford(g)Walker, Maguire,Keane, Chilwell(def);Dier, Barkley, Alli(mid);Sancho, Kane, Sterling(att)

Czech Republic

Expected Formation: 4-5-1

Probable Lineups: Pavlenka(g)Kaderabek, Celustka, Kalas, Novak(def);Soucek, Vydra, Dockal, Pavelka, Jankto(mid);Schick(att).

Recent Form

Before heading into this FA Cup encounter, both teams have already been involved in several other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have a clear idea about their current form.

England

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WDWWW

The Three Lions have been in an excellent form of late, winning four out of their last five games and drawing the other one. Southgate’s team even managed to win their last three matches in a row.

Those consecutive wins include victory against Spain and Croatia, two confidence boosting results. However, things won’t be easy on Friday as Czech Republic do have talented players.

Czech Republic

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :LWLWW

Jaroslav Silhavi’s team have been getting mixed results in recent games, winning three and losing two of their last five. However, Czech Republic did won their last two fixtures, beating Poland and Slovakia.

Those two victories should give the away side a confidence boosting morale ahead of their trip to Wembley.

Team News

England

Three Lions won’t be able to field their best possible squad for this Friday encounter. Southgate will be missing Luke Shaw, John Stones, Ruben Loftus Cheek due to injury problems.

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford might also miss the tie after picking up a knock recently. This situation means that Jadon Sancho could be getting the nod to start at Wembley.

Czech Republic

Silhavy’s side have less injury issues for the Friday match, but Tomas Vaclik won’t be available. In an attempt to get a positive result, the away side will rely on Patrick Shick up front.

Jakub Jankto should also get the nod to start as he can provide that threat from midfield. The away side will be trying to get something positive on their away trip.

Head to Head Records:

Both teams have only met twice previously with the record being one win for England and one draw.

However, those two meetings were all friendly fixtures as their Friday encounter will be their first in an official tournament.

Match Prediction

Playing at home with high confidence, England are keen on getting another victory in front of their loyal fans. Some players absence shouldn’t trouble them too much as Southgate have many other options.

Czech Republic will give a stern test though as they won’t just come to wembley for fun. Three Lions are the favorite to take all three points, but the visitor won’t  make it easy.

Final Score: 2-1

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