Tip Czech Republic - England
England can clinch qualification for the Euro 2020 finals if they can beat both the Czech Republic and Bulgaria over the next week. They lead Group A by three points from their opponents in this match but have a game in hand. England have won all four of their qualifiers and scored 19 goals in doing so. Only in the 4-0 home win over Bulgaria, have they failed to score five goals in a qualifier. That includes their opening 5-0 home win over the Czech Republic. They have no major injury worries going into this game and recall Tammy Abraham who has been in excellent scoring form for Chelsea this season. He's unlikely to start though as Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling have both scored six goals in this group so they have plenty of firepower.
The Czech Republic have bounced back well from that 5-0 loss. They have won three of their subsequent four qualifiers in this group and are in the second automatic qualifying position, a point ahead of Kosovo. The Czechs lost 2-1 away to Kosovo and host them on November 14 in a game that should decide who finishes second. The Czechs will be grateful for anything they can get from this game as Kosovo could go ahead of them if beating Montenegro at home next week. They will be looking for more goals from Patrick Schick who already has four in this group including both goals in the 2-1 home win over Bulgaria. England are in good form, though still not 100% dependable in defence. The tip here is for an away win but one a bit closer than the Wembley clash.
Key points Czech Republic - England
England have won all their games in this group.
England have scored 19 goals in four group games.
England beat the Czech Republic 5-0 in the reverse fixture.
Conclusion Czech Republic - England
England are on the verge of qualifying for next year's European Championships. A win here would take them six points clear with three games remaining, even a draw would be good for them. They have lots of momentum though with the wins in this group and reaching the finals of the UEFA Nations League and will want to keep that good run going. The Czech Republic would love to get something out of this game, but a win over Kosovo next month should see them get through to the finals. Go for England to get the win here.
Czech Republic England Prediction published on October 10, 2019