Czech Republic vs England

The Czech Republic and England will battle it out for a top place in the Euro 2020 Group D at Wembley Stadium.

Following a 2-0 victory over Scotland on Matchday 1, the Czech Republic were held to a 1-1 draw against Croatia but still qualified for the Euro 2020 knock-outs with a game to spare. Curiously, it was the first time since June 2017 that Jaroslav Silhavy’s men dropped points after taking a first-half lead. Additionally, a stalemate against Croatia marked only the second Czech Republic’s draw in 51 internationals (W22, D17). The last time they drew two games in a row was in 2014. If they avoid defeat against England, it will be the second time in their history that they have not lost any of their three group stage fixtures at the European Championships. However, they have failed to beat England in any of their previous three meetings at Wembley (D1, L2), conceding nine times in the process.

Meanwhile, goal-shy England claimed a hard-earned 1-0 win over Croatia on Matchday 1 before playing out a goalless draw with arch-rivals Scotland last time out. The ‘Three Lions’ must pick up all three points against the Czech Republic to finish top of Group D. Interestingly, each of England’s last four internationals has featured a goalless half-time in fixtures garnering under 1.5 total goals (W3, D1). Bringing a 0-0 stalemate with Scotland into the equation, England have drawn more matches (17) at major tournaments than any other nation. Against this backdrop, Gareth Southgate’s men have got on the scoresheet in all four historical H2Hs against the Czech Republic, beating them 5-0 in their most recent encounter at Wembley. Curiously, just two of England’s last 18 matches have seen both teams score.

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