Russia vs Czech Republic
Date: Monday, 10 September 2018
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Rostov Arena (Rostov).
Russia will be hosting the Czech Republic at the Rostov Arena for the second international game since the world cup tournament.
These two sides meet at a time they are waiting for their tight fixtures of the UEFA Nations League. This game is simply an old fashioned international friendly game which has nothing to do with the new UEFA Nations League.
Cherchesov’s squad for this meet-up consists of many inexperienced players, with call-ups for the uncapped pairing of Yeger Sorokin of Rubin Kazan and Dmitry Stotsky of Krasnodar. Captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is also missing.
The Czech Republic were not at the World Cup finals, having finished third in their qualifying group behind Germany and Northern Ireland. Boss Karel Jarolim kept his job despite this failure. He has now selected his first squad of the 2018-19 international season.
Currently, the country is ranked 44th in the world a long way from the days around the turn of the century where they reached as high as seventh in FIFA’s rankings. This is a clear indication that the national teams is facing unending performance woes.
The squad Jarolim has chosen for the game against Russia has a familiar look about it, with FC Nurnberg’s Ondrej Petrak being the only uncapped player chosen for the party.
Russia vs Czech Republic: Head-to-Head
- The two sides have met twice in the last 5 years.
- In 2016, the match ended in favor of the Czech Republic while the other matchup in 2012 ended in favor of Russia.
- Both h2h meetings saw both teams scoring.
Russia vs Czech Republic: Prediction
The fact that Russia has selected a more inexperienced squad for this matchup will be music to the ears of Czechs. Most notably, Russia has been in the competitive international wilderness for two years, as they qualified for the 2018 world cup finals automatically as the hosts. They may want to show that they are back on track in this friendly game after an unexpected better performance in the world cup.
The Czechs are somewhat of an unknown force too. They have been struggling to set their international record straight. They will come into this away matchup to prove that they are still focused on getting a spot in the international arena. Therefore, both teams will surely score in this one.
Russia vs Czech Republic: Betting Tip
BTTS @ 11/10 (2.10).