England v Czech Republic: Three Lions Look to March On

englandThere is an incredible buzz around English football at the moment and the momentum has been carried on from the 2018 World Cup. After a shaky start to the newly-formed UEFA Nations League, England are in the Semi Finals where they will face the Netherlands in June.

Before that, there are some Euro 2020 qualifiers to get through and they begin with this home tie against the Czech Republic. The Czechs travel to Wembley in decent form but the gap in quality between the two sides has the bookmakers listing a clear favourite.

Date: March 22, 2019

Match Odds

England lead the match betting by some margin here and you can back the home side at best industry odds of 3/10 with 188Bet. The draw is the next available option on the coupon and this is on offer at 22/5 with Unibet while the same bookmaker has the top price on a win for the Czechs at 13/1.

Looking at the form guide, England come into this match with four wins and a draw in their last five matches in all competitions. There are some impressive results in that run, most notably the 3-2 win in Spain and the 2-1 victory over Croatia that sealed a semi final UEFA Nations slot.

Moving across to the Czech Republic, England’s opponents show reasonable form of their own with three wins and two defeats. If we look a little closer, those three victories have all been by a single goal while the losses include a heavy, 5-1 reverse at the hands of Russia.

It all seems to point towards an England victory but if you can’t see too much value in the result market, we’ll need to look elsewhere.

Individual Goal Scorers

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Harry Kane

Harry Kane has returned from his latest injury scare and the England captain is favourite to open the scoring on Friday night at best odds of 5/2 with Betway and SportingBet. English players dominate this market and you can also consider Callum Wilson at a top price of 15/4 with 10Bet and SportNation or Marcus Rashford at a best of 9/2 with SportPesa and RedZoneSports.

Harry KaneMoving through the list, Raheem Sterling has been in fine scoring touch for Manchester City and the winger can be claimed at best odds of 5/1 with Betway while the same bookmaker has a value top price of 9/1 next to the name of Dele Alli.

Meanwhile, we have to go a long way down to find the Czech Republic’s first representative in this market. Patrik Schick is his name and he can be backed at 16/1 with SportPesa and RedZoneSports. For those who aren’t familiar, Schick plays his club football with Roma in Serie A and has scored four goals in 15 games for the full national Czech side. That’s not a great record so we’ll switch back to an old favourite of ours.

Raheem Sterling has been prolific off the wing for an admittedly powerful Manchester City side. He’s also been finding his scoring boots at international level so our first confirmed tip of the game is an anytime goal for Sterling at best odds of 13/8 with BetFred.

Other Side Bets

czech republicWe generally start our review of other prop bets with Both Teams to Score. It’s one of the most popular options and for this game, BTTS is currently on offer at 7/4 with Unibet. It’s unusual for this bet to head above Even Money and when we consider that the Czechs have scored in four of their last five matches then it may well be worth a punt.

Alternatively, you could vote No on Both Teams to Score and this is quoted at 4/9 with Ladbrokes and Coral or, you can take the similar bet of England to win to Nil which can be claimed at a best of 4/5 with Ladbrokes and Coral once again.

It’s tough to go against those odds on prices but we’ll take the BTTS option. England are much tighter at the back and may seem to have sorted out their goalkeeping issues but stats show that Jordan Pickford has made four errors leading to goals in the EPL.

That could be a telling statistic and, keeping the same theme going, we’ll end this preview with a correct score prediction of England 3 Czech Republic 1 and this is available at a generous 13/1 with 188Bet.

Overall, it should be a stroll for the home side but with little value in the result betting, we’ll look to these three tips to give us a profit.

Best Bets:

  • Raheem Sterling to score anytime at 13/8 with BetFred
  • Both Teams to Score at 7/4 with Unibet
  • Correct Score of England 3 Czech Republic 1 at 13/1 with 188Bet