Czech Republic vs Azerbaijan: Preview and Prediction

Czech Republic vs Azerbaijan
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Tuesday; 11th October 2016
Kick-off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Ostravar Arena, Ostrava.

Czech Republic started their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with a goal-less draw against Northern Ireland at home. And they were comprehensively beaten by Germany 3-0 in the second match and currently sit 4th in the table with 1 point. In a group that contains two minnows San Marino and Azerbaijan alongside a poor and inconsistent Norway, it will be Czech Republic and Northern Ireland who will fight for the second spot in the table. For that they must start winning matches from now on.

Azerbaijan have had a fantastic start to their qualification campaign by winning the first two matches in Group C. They started off with a 1-0 win over San Marino in September as expected. But the 1-0 win against Norway at home was rather unexpected. However, this will place Azerbaijan second of the group. But they might need a better performance in the trip to Czech to prove their win against Norway was no fluke.

Czech Republic vs Azerbaijan: Head-to-Head Stats

The lone meeting between Azerbaijan and Czech Republic was in a friendly on November 2009. A goal each on either half set the Azerbaijan side a 2-0 win on that occasion. A sign that the Czech must not take their opponent lightly when they face-off against on Tuesday.

Czech Republic vs Azerbaijan: Prediction

Czech Republic had two tough fixtures to start their World Cup qualification campaign. After earning 1 point from the two matches, now they must start to pick up wins. Azerbaijan is a team on confidence, but they do not have the quality of match winners like their opposition. At the same time, they have shown that they can frustrate their opponents with their rigid defensive approach. Against Norway, they gave away just three shots on goals and all of those came from corners.

Without a doubt, the Czech Republic side will be looking for all three points here. They have the home advantage and expect them to go on the attack from the kick-off.

Czech Republic vs Azerbaijan: Betting Tips

  • Half-Time/Full-Time – Czech Republic at 1.80.