Belgium has made a good start in the qualifying campaign. Next, they will have to take on the dark horse team which is in progress of their revival. Czech Republic also began their campaign perfectly. They could provide real threat for Romelu Lukaku and Co. This encounter might be a decisive one for their positions in the final standings later.
Teams previous matches
Tomas Soucek and Co ran rampant while travelling to Estonia. They hammered the host 6-2 despite conceding first through Rauno Sappinen. Czech goals eventually began initiated by an equaliser from Patrick Schick, then Antonin Barak overturned the score sheet. West Ham man, Tomas Soucek scored a hattrick followed by Jakub Jankto’s goal before Henri Ainer bagged a consolation goal.
Belgium also secured a win in the opener. They trashed Wales 3-1 with a nice comeback. The Dragons took the lead first through Harry Wilson’s close range strike taking advantage of Gareth Bale’s through ball. However, it did not take long before they equalised through Kevin de Bruyne’s cannon ball and Thorgan Hazard’s header put them at the front in the scoresheet. Finally, Romelu Lukaku’s penalty sealed their three points
Jaroslav Silhavy is likely to deploy 4-2-3-1 formation with the transition to 4-4-1 relying on Bayer Leverkusen man Patrick Schick supported by Verona attacking midfielder, Antonin Barak. In the midfield, Tomas Soucek and Vladislav Darida and Jakub Jankto plus Lukas Provod will provide support from the second line.
Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez still sticks to 3-4-2-1 formation. The return of Romelu Lukaku just in time would boost their confidence on their attack as he would feature as the front man role again. Kevin de Bruyne and Leandro Trossard would provide support behind the Inter Milan prolific striker.
Players to watch
The central midfielder Tomas Soucek proved that he deserved the accolade the Best Czech Player. His hattrick in the last outing in Tallinn might indicate his potential main scorer in set pieces scenario. Another key man to watch is the towering attacking midfielder Antonin Barak. The Verona man has just scored his sixth international goals.
In Belgium, their stars such as Lukaku and De Bruyne are definitely indispensible in the starting XI. Some other notable names to watch are Youri Tielemans and Thorgan Hazard who is able to shine as wing back as well rather than being attacking midfielder.
Czech Rep vs Belgium Prediction
This will be a test for Jaroslav Silhavy’s men whether they could claim their ability to compete with the top teams or are still in need of improvement. If they could beat Belgium, it would be a huge surprise for Czech Rep. Sharing spoils seem to be more likely here.
According to the punters, although Patrick Schick and co’s their win market is only at 23/5, whereas the draw result is at the value of 3/1. Roberto Martinez’s men are projected to win at 7/10.