In EURO, Czech Rep, either still with their old name, Czechoslovakia or under the current one, has been known as a team which could stumble Netherlands. They did it at least twice, notably in 1976 semifinal and at the group stage in 2004. Tomas Soucek and Co might be hoping the same with the history on their side. Yet, Frank De Boer’s men have displayed a superb form though not employing their ideal formation. This clash would still be an exciting one but De Oranje will be playing away from home now. The match is scheduled to be staged in Budapest this Sunday.
Both teams’ previous matches
Netherlands swept all nine points at the group stage as they clinched another win against North Macedonia. They crushed Goran Pandev and Co 3-0. Memphis Depay bagged the opener followed by Gini Wijnaldum’s brace.
Meanwhile, Czech Rep, on the other hand, was defeated by England in their last game through a single goal from Raheem Sterling. They barely had a chance to equalise as they were unable to break the deadlock or even create space to score against the solid English defensive stance.
Frank de Boer seems settled with his 5-3-2 formation. Memphis Depay will be featuring upfront alongside Wout Weighorst supported by Gini Wijnaldum. The only names on the sideline for this fixture are Luuk de Jong.
Jaroslav Silhavy might still be in favour of 4-2-3-1 formation with the transition to 4-4-1 relying on Bayer Leverkusen man Patrick Schick. Antonin Barak might get a nod here instead of Vladimir Darida to be able to win the aerial duel against Dutch’s defensive figures with physical prowess. In the midfield, the absence of Lukas Provod and Jan Boril can be covered by Lukas Masopust and Ales Mateju.
Players to watch
The new Barcelona forward Memphis Depay is certainly one vital figure in the Dutch’s attack. He has scored two goals plus made one assist so far. Some other names with important contribution for De Oranje are Denzel Dumfries who has notched up two goals too and Gini Wijnaldum with three goals.
The central midfielder Tomas Soucek is definitely one of the key men in the squad. He has provided one assist in the tournament. Some other notable figures to watch here are surely the main scorer Patrick Schick and Verona man Antonin Barak who is expected to perform better than Vladimir Darida to help the attack.
Netherlands vs Czech Rep Prediction
Historically, this might be a classic encounter in EURO. Yet, Frank de Boer’s side is still too strong here, both in terms of goals and level of performance. Jaroslav Silhavy’s men could only hope for stealing a goal from a counter attack or set pieces scenario. Netherlands will eventually come out as a winner but Czech Rep would not definitely make them easy.
According to the punters, Patrick Schick and co’s win market is only at 47/10, which is even much lower than the odds for the draw result. It is at the value of 3/1, whereas Gini Wijnaldum and Co are priced to win at 3/4.