The UEFA Nations League is back with its final round of group-stage fixtures as Czech Republic take on Slovakia at the Doosan Arena in Plzen. Both teams have been inconsistent in the competition and will need to take it up a notch in this game.
Czech Republic are second in their group and need a victory in this game to potentially pip Scotland to promotion into League A. The Czech side defeated Israel 1-0 over the weekend and have a point to prove going into this game.
Slovakia stunned Scotland with a 1-0 victory of their own on Sunday and are engaged in a battle of their own to avoid relegation this week. The away side will want to remain in League B of the UEFA Nations League and need a comprehensive victory in this fixture.
Czech Republic vs Slovakia Head-to-Head
Czech Republic have an exceptional record against Slovakia and have won eight games out of a total of 13 matches in this fixture. Slovakia have managed only three victories against Czech Republic and will have to step up to the plate this week.
The previous meeting between these two teams resulted in an emphatic 3-1 victory for Czech Republic. Slovakia have improved as a defensive unit over the past two months and will want to put in a better performance on Wednesday.
Czech Republic form guide: W-L-L-W-W
Slovakia form guide: W-W-L-L-W
Czech Republic vs Slovakia Team News
Ondrej Kudela, Lukas Provod, Jan Boril, Liberec goalkeeper Filip Nguyen, and David Pavelka have tested positive for the coronavirus and will be unable to play a part in this game. Ondrej Celustka, Patrik Schick, and Adam Hlozek are also injured and will have to be replaced in the starting XI.
Injuries: Ondrej Kudela, Lukas Provod, Jan Boril, Filip Nguyen, David Pavelka, Tomas Pekhart, Ondrej Celustka, Patrik Schick, Adam Hlozek
Slovakia have no discernible injury concerns at the moment and are likely to field an unchanged line-up for this game. The away side has a defensively-robust unit and needs to take it up a notch in this game if they are to trouble the Czech team.
Czech Republic vs Slovakia Predicted XI
Czech Republic predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Tomas Vaclik; Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Kalas, Jakub Brabec, Ales Mateju; Tomas Soucek, Alex Kral; Lukas Masopust, Jakub Jankto, Vladimir Darida; Matej Vydra
Slovakia Predicted XI (4-3-3): Marek Rodak; Peter Pekarik, L'ubomír Satka, Milan Skriniar, Robert Mazan; Juraj Kucka, Stanislav Lobotka, Marek Hamsik; Albert Rusnak, Ondrej Duda, Jan Gregus
Czech Republic vs Slovakia Prediction
Slovakia have built a star-studded squad over the years and will need to meet expectations against their Czech neighbors in this game. The likes of Marek Hamsik and Milan Skriniar have plenty of experience on the international stage and will need to carry their team to a victory.
Czech Republic are currently a point behind Scotland and will need to do all they can to improve their chances of promotion. Both sides are evenly-matched on paper and are likely to share the spoils in this game.
Prediction: Czech Republic 1-1 Slovakia
Published 16 Nov 2020, 18:35 IST