💶 Czech Republic vs England: Match preview, key stats & predicted XIs
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💶 Czech Republic vs England: Match preview, key stats & predicted XIs

When the Czech Republic and England meet at Wembley on Tuesday night, they will compete for the right to qualify from Group D as group champions.

Both teams earned a point in their most recent meetings, with the Three Lions failing to beat Scotland and the Czech Republic holding Croatia to a 1-1 draw.

Background

The Three Lions have four points from two games - a 1-0 win over Croatia and a goalless draw against Scotland - but have yet to hit top gear at the Euros, with the goalless draw against Scotland receiving criticism for a lack of inventiveness... and Harry Kane's rusty form.

England is still a long shot to make the last 16: if they draw or if Scotland loses, they will advance, and if they beat Czech Republic, they will top the group with a win. Southgate, more than a win, needs a performance to boost his team's confidence before they confront knockout football.

Possible line-ups

Czech Republic: Vaclík; Coufal, Čelůstka, Kalas, Bořil; Souček, Holeš; Masopust, Darida, Jankto; Schick
Misses next match if booked: Bořil, Hložek, Masopust

England: Pickford; Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Phillips, Rice, Bellingham; Grealish, Kane, Sterling
Misses next match if booked: Foden

Key Stats

  • England and Czech Republic have previously met each other on four occasions. Czech Republic have only managed one win so far, although that result did come in the most recent meeting, two years ago.
  • Czech Republic have never won at Wembley, where their overall record is D1 L3; they have conceded 11 goals in those four matches. As Czechoslovakia, their record at Wembley was also D1 L3.
  • England have never lost in the finals of a major tournament at Wembley (W8 D4), although they were defeated on penalties there by Germany after a 1-1 draw in the semi-final of UEFA Euro 1996.

Player in Focus

Tomas Vaclik (Czech Republic)

Patrik Schick has been a standout performer for the Czech Republic so far at UEFA Euro 2020, and he will be in the spotlight once more on Tuesday. Tomas Soucek is a player to keep an eye on and will be a vital figure in the midfield. However, if England is to be disappointed for a second game in a row, Tomas Vaclik will have to be at his best.

The 32-year-old was in fine form against Scotland, and he was one of the key players in the 2-0 victory. To give the front-men a chance to seal a massive win and claim the top spot in Group D, Vaclik will have to repeat his exploits against England.

Jack Grealish (England)

England, on the other hand, will need to generate plenty of opportunities if they are to turn their fortunes around and return to winning ways, and the duty will lie on Jack Grealish's shoulders. Grealish will be given a chance to shine in the absence of Mason Mount, and there will be a lot resting on his shoulders.

With Harry Kane's commanding form at UEFA Euro 2020 thus far, Grealish might be the man to take on the Czech defense with his directness, which could also help Raheem Sterling. In the midst of Mount's uncertainty, this could be the big break Grealish has been waiting for.

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