Czech Republic will seek to retrace their steps after losing 1-0 to Spain in their opening game, now they face Croatia in their second game and hope keep their hopes of survival alive.
Czech lost their first game to Spain by a lone goal scored by Gerard Pique in the ending part of the game, rendering Czech’s defensive effort futile. Czech was able to hold the Spaniard’s offensive pressure and possession dominance until the ending part of the game, they now hope to beat or at least get a draw against Croatia to stay in the Tournament.
Luka Modric and his team mates will be looking forward to another win to qualify themselves for the second round of the competition, After beating Turkey in their first game, Luka Modric’s goal was enough for the Croatians in their first game against Turkey, now they hope for another win or at least a draw against Czech Republic.
Czech Republic: Team news
Boreck Dockal is still doubtful for this clash but could still feature in the game as he is being monitored.
There are no other injury worries for Czech Republic but David Limbersky is one card away from suspension and Marek Suchy is back from suspension.
Czech Republic: Predicted Line up (4-2-3-1)
Cech – Kaderabek, Sivok, Hubnik, Limbersky – Darida, Plasil – Gebre, Rosicky, Krejci – Necid
Croatia: Team news
Darijo Srna will start this game despite the news of his fathers death, while Mandzukic will lead the attacking line.
Croatia: Predicted Line up (4-2-3-1)
Subasic – Srna, Corluka, Vida, Strinic – Modric, Badeji – Brosovic, Rakitic, Perisic – Mandzukic
Czech Republic vs Croatia: Head to Head
These two teams have played twice in 1996 and 2011, both are friendly games which have ended in favour of the Croats, the 1st game ended in 1-1 and the winner was decided in a penalty shootout while the second game ended in 4-2 with Croatia wining both games.
The two teams have never met in an international competition.
Czech Republic vs Croatia: Prediction
The game will be a tough one for both sides, but with the caliber of players in Croatia team, they are likely the favorites. Croatia are on top of their game and could spell doom for the Czech side. Croatia are now on a winning streak and can score a handful of goal if given the chance. I predict a score line of 2-0
- Best bet: Croatia win
- Safe bet: over 1.5 goals.