Tip Scotland - Czech Republic
After decades in the cold, Scotland are back on the big stage and will be opening their Euro 2020 campaign with a game against Czech Republic in Group D on Monday. In a group that also has England and Croatia, this match is sure to be pivotal in the final standings. Scotland will feel bullish going to this game, having registered three straight wins against the Czechs and also holding a four-game unbeaten streak against them. Furthermore, they have home advantage, with this game being played at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Scotland impressed in their 2-2 draw with Netherlands in their first warm up game, before wrapping up with a 1-0 win over Luxembourg. With an eight-game unbeaten run at home, they will be eyeing three points here to start them off. They have four clean sheets in the last five home matches and have scored eight in the last four.
Czech Republic have one win in their last four matches, a 3-1 victory over Albania in their final warm up game ahead of this tournament. They head to this game with defensive worries, having failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five matches and notably having struggled against strong teams in that run. They suffered a 4-0 loss to Italy in one of their warm up games ahead of Euro 2020, that coming after earlier losing 1-0 to Wales. Playing away from home, Czech Republic haven’t done very well; they’ve lost four of the last five and failed to score in the four losses. The only time they did score in their last five away matches, they banged six against Estonia and even then, they conceded twice.
Key points Scotland - Czech Republic
Czech Republic have one win in their last five matches.
Czech Republic have conceded in each of their last five matches.
Scotland are unbeaten in their last eight home matches.
Czech Republic have four losses in the last five away matches.
Scotland are unbeaten in four matches against Czech Republic.
Conclusion Scotland - Czech Republic
Czech Republic have a poor run away from home and though they have a number of top players in their fold, they will struggle against this Scotland side. Scotland have shown great teamwork ahead of this competition and strung a few good results with assured performances. They will be playing at home in front of 12000 fans and their dominance over Czech Republic should also give them the punch. Back Scotland to win here.
Scotland Czech Republic Prediction published on June 11, 2021