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Estonia vs Czech Republic prediction, preview, team news and more | 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Czech Republic and Estonia meet for the first time in 16 years
Czech Republic and Estonia meet for the first time in 16 years
Sachin Bhat
ANALYST
Modified 23 Mar 2021
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The Czech Republic begin their qualifying campaign for the 2022 FIFA World Cup against Estonia at the neutral venue of Arena Lublin in Poland on Wednesday.

Since becoming an independent nation in 1993, the Central European outfit have only participated in the showpiece in the 2006 edition.

They're now aiming to end the long wait for another appearance in the finals, though Jaroslav Silhavy's side have a fairly tough group to negotiate.

Belgium and Wales are the favorites to advance from Group E but the Czech Republic's strong run in the last few years should make them a dark horse.

They qualified for the 2020 European Championship from their group behind England and then got promoted to Tier A of the UEFA Nations League.

The Czechs will be looking to kick-start their qualifiers with an easy win against minnows Estonia, who're ranked 108 in the world.

The Baltic side often finish bottom of their groups in these qualifiers and haven't won a competitive fixture since March 2019.


Estonia vs Czech Republic Head-To-Head

The sides have clashed only thrice before, with the Czechs winning on all three occasions.

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However, their last clash came way back in June 2004, when the Locomotives secured a 2-0 friendly win on home soil.

Estonia Form Guide (all competitions): L-D-D-L-D

Czech Republic Form Guide (all competitions): L-W-L-W-W


Estonia vs Czech Republic Team News

Estonia

Thomas Haberli has named a fairly young squad featuring Arsenal goalkeeper Karl Jacob Hein, Karol Mets, captain Konstantin Vassilijev and striker Henri Anier.

However, some experienced players such as Siim Luts, Ilja Antonov, Henrik Ojama, and Sergei Zenjov will miss out.

Injured: Siim Luts

Suspended: None

Unavailable: Ilja Antonov, Henrik Ojama, and Sergei Zenjov

Czech Republic

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Silhavy has named a strong squad for the upcoming triple header of matches. The squad features Sevilla goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik, Pavel Kaderabek, West Ham's Tomas Soucek, and Bayer Leverkusen star Patrik Schick.

Petr Sevcik is the only notable absentee for the visitors.

Injured: Petr Sevcik

Suspended: None

Unavailable: None


Estonia vs Czech Republic Predicted XI

Estonia (4-2-3-1): Karl Jakob Hein; Nikita Baranov, Joonas Tamm, Marten Kuusk, Artur Pikk; Vladislav Kreida, Mattias Kait; Sergei Mosnikov, Konstantin Vassilijev, Vlasiy Sinyavskiy; Rauno Sappinen.

Czech Republic (4-2-3-1): Tomas Vaclik; Vladimir Coufal, Pavel Kaderabek, Ales Mateju; Ondrej Kudela; Tomas Soucek, Alex Kral; Lukas Masopust, Vladimir Darida, Jakub Jankto; Patrik Schick.


Estonia vs Czech Republic Prediction

Given Estonia's poor record historically, the Czechs should nick this one without much hassle.

Prediction: Estonia 0-2 Czech Republic

Published 23 Mar 2021, 01:28 IST
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