Czech Republic vs Malta:
Date: Friday, 27 May 2016;
Kick-off: 17:00 GMT,
Venue: Kufstein-Arena (Austria).
Czech Republic start their preparations for Euro 2016 with a friendly against Malta at the Kufstein Arena on Friday evening.
Head-coach Pavel Vrba is desperate to see his squad bounce back with a win after failing to win in any of their last three friendly matches. Czech finished top of their group during qualification rounds and their performances in recent friendlies is a let-down. Kicking off their preparation campaign against a side like Malta is a perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways.
But the 149th ranked team, Malta won’t be a walk-over by any means. Despite their inability to win matches, they are known for frustrating their opponents. Their recent defeats against Italy, Bulgaria and Croatia have all came by a 1-0 margin. However they haven’t won in their last 7 matches, with 5 being defeats. Also Malta have won just once in their last 17 matches; with 13 defeats.
Czech Republic: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Cech – Pudil, Suchy, Sivok, Selassie – Darida, Marecek – Sural, Kolar, Krejci – Necid.
Malta: Predicted Line-up (5-4-1)
Hogg – Failla, Muscat, Agius, Borg, Zerafa – Kristensen, Rowen Muscat, Schembri, Briffa – Effiong.
Czech Republic vs Malta: Head-to-Head
- Czech Republic had never lost to Malta in 9 matches played against Malta, after winning in 7 and drawing 2.
- The last meeting between the sides was during the World Cup Qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014, Czech won both legs 3-1 at home and 4-1 away.
- Czech Republic are on a 4 match winning run against Malta in all competitions.
Czech Republic vs Malta: Prediction
Czech Republic are desperate for a win after failing in the last three outings and they have a perfect opportunity here. I do not expect any surprises in this friendly match and Czech players are expected to pull out a big win here.
Both teams have scored in three of the last four meetings between the sides and this is very likely to happen here. My score prediction for this match is 3-1 at full time.
Recommended Bet: Czech Republic Win at HT @ 1.44.
Risky Bet: Both teams to score and Czech Republic to win @ 3.75.