Scotland face Czech Republic in their first European Championship finals appearance in 26 years. Their last appearance coming at Euro '96, where they also met England in their group stage. Check out our full betting preview for the latest team news, match odds and betting tips and predictions.
Scotland 🏴 Team News
Scotland have qualified for two previous European Championships - Euro '92 and Euro '96. They have failed to progress beyond the group stage on both occasions and have a Euro's final record that reads W2 D1 L3. Scotland's route to these finals came via penalty shoot-out wins in both their play-off semi-final and final, with Israel and Serbia losing out to the defiant Scots.
Steve Clarke, Scotland coach...
"The Czech Republic give us different problems to England and Croatia, so that can have a bearing on selection, but I am pretty settled [on the team]. The good thing for me is that no matter who I select, I expect them all to be fantastic for their country. As a manager or a coach, that’s a big thing that you can trust all your players."
Scotland Predicted Lineup
Marshall; Hanley, Cooper, Hendry; O'Donnell, Armstrong, McGinn, McTominay, Robertson; Dykes, Christie.
Key Player: John McGinn
McGinn has had an excellent season with Aston Villa in the English Premier League. Forming part of a formidable midfield trio with Ross Barkley and Jack Grealish. He was Scotlands leading goalscorer in qualifying with a tally of seven goals. His energy and ability to get around the pitch will be crucial to the Scots, who may not have a great deal of possession in games now the quality of the opposition is greater.
Czech Republic 🇨🇿 Team News
The Czech Republic have qualified for very European Championship finals since their Czechoslovakia split in 1993. This is the Czech Republic's seventh consecutive appearance in the finals of the competition. They qualified for the finals as runners-up in Group A behind England. Denying England a perfect qualifying record and qualifying for the tournament at the same time, with a 2-1 victory in Prague.
Jaroslav Šilhavý, Czech Republic coach...
"We know what to expect – tough one-on-ones, a sturdy opponent with straight-forward counters – and we have to be fully focused for 90 minutes. We are not going to give up our attacking style, though you cannot expect us to apply high press for all 90 minutes. But [we want a] tactically good performance worthy of three points."
Czech Republic Predicted Lineup
Vaclík; Coufal, Čelůstka, Kalas, Bořil; Král, Souček; Masopust, Darida, Jankto; Schick.
Key Player: Vladimir Darida
Darida is an all action, dynamic midfielder who plies his trade for Hertha Berlin in the Germany. He was the driving force in the Czech Republic's surprise 2-1 victory over England in Prague and can be the man to lead his country on to similar success here at Euro 2020.
Scotland v Czech Republic Head to Head
The two sides have been regular opponents in recent times, and maybe a little surprisingly it's Scotland who have had the upper hand. Having met twice in the group stages of the Nations League, Scotland came from behind to beat the Czech Republic with a 2-1 win in Olomouc. Then an early goal from Ryan Fraser earned the Scots their second victory in a 1-0 win at Hampden Park.
Scotland v Czech Republic Match Prediction
A tough call to make this one. The Czech Republic possess the quality to hurt Scotland, but with the Scot's being on home soil as one of the 12 host nations, home advantage could be a factor. Recent head to head results in the Nations League could be a good indicator of recent form, and the Scot's edged out the Czech's on a single goal margin in both encounters.
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