Czech Republic vs Lithuania
Date: Wednesday, 22nd March 2017
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Mestsky Stadion, Ostrava-Vitkovice.
Czech Republic prepare for their next World Cup qualification match with a friendly against Lithuania on Wednesday evening.
After a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign, the Czech Republic national football team is going through a rebuilding phase. The new head-coach Karel Jarolim has overseen a disappointing start to their World Cup qualification campaign, in which his team managed just 5 points from their first four matches.
They started off with a 3-0 loss at Germany before playing out goal-less draws at home against at home against Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan. They earned their first win of the competition with the 2-1 drubbing of Norway at form, but occupies a dangerous fourth position in a tricky group.
Lithuania will be happy with their start to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The minnows picked 5 points from their first four matches, with surprising draws against Slovenia and Scotland before a well-deserved 2-0 win against Malta. However, they were brought to ground in their last match as they were thrashed 4-0 by a resilient Slovakia.
It is a ground reality that Lithuania in the past few years have failed to get wins while playing away from home. Their last away win in all competitions was at San Marino in 2014, a team that stay very low in the FIFA rankings.
Czech Republic vs Lithuania: Head-to-head stats
There were six previous meetings between the two and none of them ended in a draw. Poland lead the tally with 5 wins as against one defeat.
While Lithuania’s lone win came in their last visit to Poland in 2010 for a World Cup qualification tie.
Czech Republic vs Lithuania: Prediction
Arguably, the Czech are a far superior side in terms of quality than their visitors. But the main head-ache for Karol Jarolim is the goal-scoring department. The three main strikers in the squad – Milan Skoda, Patrik Schick and Michal Krmencik are relatively inexperienced at the international level and have so far managed 6 goals between them. They are largely reliant on the midfield players to make up for the deficit.
A spirited performance from Lithuania could see them take something out of this game. But their next qualification fixture is against England within 4 days and they are likely to take this fixture to polish their tactics. Expect the visitors to set out with a deep defensive line and Czech Republic are likely to struggle to score goals.
Czech Republic vs Lithuania: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals at 2.10 with Unibet.