Scotland head into their match with Czech Republic on Monday. This is their first of three matches in their group stage at the Euro 2020 and scene of the action is Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Scotland bring a ranking of number 44 in the FIFA world charts to the table, sitting fairly close to Czech Republic who come here with a ranking of number 40.
Scotland went the hard way through play off's before booking a spot at the Euro 2020 after failing to seal a place directly in the group stages. Seeing them get out of the group at this tournament would be a surprise.
While considered outsiders for a group win Czech Republic should be in with a good chance of grabbing 2nd place, thus advancing to the next round. In a hard fought group Czech Republic hung on for dear life taking 2nd place and enter the Euro 2020 as heavy outsiders for the title.
Scotland vs Czech Republic stats and analysis
Scotland have not exactly set the world on fire lately when it comes to goal scoring. Scotland scored a lowly 16 times in the last 10 internationals creating an average of just 1.6 goals per game. They held on for a clean sheet in 2 of these matches, conceding 19 goals which is an average of 1.9 per game.
Czech Republic head into Euro 2020 hoping to keep their impressive defensive stats from their last 10 internationals going. Czech Republic averaged a just about adequate 1.5 goals per game, with a total of 15 goals scored. In contrast they only allowed 15 against for an average of 1.5 per game. Rather amazingly they only kept their opponents from scoring in 2 of the matches.
As they enter their first match as outsider Scotland will have identified this first Euro 2020 match as a game in which a positive outcome is within their reach. Losing this encounter makes it look very tough to reach the next stage.
The two sides seem rather evenly matched on paper and we might have a cautious match on our hands. Both Scotland and Czech Republic look to avoid missing out on points in their first match.
Stats and facts for Scotland and Czech Republic.
- Scotland has won the last 3 matches in a row;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Scotland's last 12 of 14 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Scotland's last 8 matches in the row;
- Scotland conceded in the last 8 of 10 matches.
- Czech Republic has lost in the last 4 of 5 matches when playing away;
- Czech Republic conceded in the last 20 of 22 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Czech Republic's last 8 of 10 matches;
- Czech Republic scored in the last 6 of 8 matches.
Lineup Scotland vs Czech Republic
Form Scotland vs Czech Republic
Scotland keep target in sight.
One can't really point a finger on the results for Scotland in past weeks as they have performed according to their level. In their previous 3 matches, Scotland ended with a 1-1 draw against Israel and went on to a 4-0 win against the Faroe Islands. Their latest match served up a 2-2 draw with Netherlands.
Czech Republic hope to boost points tally.
The Czech Republic have been a mixed bag in recent matches. In their 3 latest internationals, Czech Republic destroyed Estonia by 6-2 goals and went on to a 1-1 draw with Belgium. Their latest game produced a 1-0 defeat against Wales.
Scotland v Czech Republic Fixture History
The last time the two nations squared up against each other, which was back on 14 October 2020, Scotland ran away with a 1-0 victory. The 2 nations have a rather rich history against each other in recent times. Scotland enter the match against Czech Republic with a 4-1-2 record in their previous 7 encounters.
Full Time Betting
The bookmakers have the two sides more or less evenly matched in the betting market. Betting on Scotland will pay out at 2.90, as bookies predict Scotland are in with a 34% chance of beating Czech Republic. If you wish to bet the draw, there are odds at 2.90 on offer, while an away win for Czech Republic pays out at 2.60.
John McGinn hit the target 3 times in the last 6 internationals for Scotland, and he will be hoping to expand on that tally here. With Tomas Soucek on 4 goals in the last 6 internationals for he has delivered the goods for Czech Republic, who will be hoping he can add to to his total.