Scotland vs Czech Republic: who's the favourite?
Scotland did not show their best performance in the qualification for Euro 2020. Steve Clark's team faced off Belgium, Russia, Kazakhstan, Cyprus and San Marino in the group. There wasn't really a struggle: the Tartan army finished third in the group, but were behind the second Russia by nine points.
The Scots also had a chance to get to the European Championship through the League of Nations, which they eventually took advantage of. In the semifinal of the playoffs, Scotland beat Israel in the penalty shootout after a goalless draw in regulation time. In the decisive game, the Scots scored a 1:1 draw with Serbia and again outperformed their opponent in the penalty shootout.
In qualification for the 2022 World Cup, the Scottish team found itself in the company of Denmark, Israel, Austria, the Faroe Islands and Moldova. After three rounds, the Scots are in second place with five points, but Israel and Austria are just one point behead.
The Czech Republic, unlike their opponent, went to Euro 2020 through qualification. The Czechs ended up in the same group as England, Kosovo, Bulgaria, and Montenegro. While they could do nothing to beat England to the first place, the Czechs took the second line, four points ahead of the closest pursuer, Kosovo.
In the League of Nations, the Czech national team performed more than confidently - the team of Jaroslav Šilhavý left behind Scotland, Israel and Slovakia. In the next draw of the tournament, the Czechs will play in League A.
In qualification for the World Cup, the Czech Republic was in the same group as Belgium, Wales, Belarus, and Estonia. In the first two rounds, the Czechs looked great - first they beat Estonia away with a score of 6:2, then they drew Belgium at home (1:1).
However, the 0:1 defeat from Wales in the last round put the Czechs in a risky position - the Czechs are still second, but they are only one point ahead of Wales and Belarus, while each of the opponents has a game in hand.
The Czech Republic has scored two of the last three away victories with this score.
Penalties were given in two of the last four head-to-head games.
Scotland have scored in the first half in the last three games.
In the last two games in which Scotland conceded, goals were scored in the first half.
The Czech national team seriously improved in 2021 under the management of Jaroslav Šilhavý. They successfully qualified for Euro 2020, had a great performance in the League of Nations, and in the World Cup qualification, the Czechs also played very confidently; the team's progress is obvious.
Scotland play at home and, of course, have an advantage, but even with the support of the home walls and fans, it will be very difficult to deal with the Czech Republic. In terms of the quality of football, the guests look stronger and we believe that the guests have a better chance of winning.
Prediction - Asian handicap (0) to the Czech Republic.
The Scottish national team is not very reliable in defense: only in one of the last six official games they didn't concede goals. The Czech Republic have a high-quality attacking line and generally play attacking football, so it will be very difficult for the hosts to keep a clean sheet.
Our second bet is the Czech Republic individual total over one goal.
For those who prefer to take risks, we offer a bet - the victory of the Czech Republic with a margin of one goal.