Group D comes down to the final matchday as England play the Czech Republic on Tuesday night. The English may be the most disappointing team at the Euro 2020 tournament having scored just once in two matches. A loss to the Czech Republic and a Scotland win could see the Three Lions left hoping to qualify for the knockout stage in third place. The Scots would need to overturn a –2-goal difference, however.

Garth Southgate’s team have struggled to get the attack going at the tournament. Harry Kane has been off form and the team have not created goals – showing the likes of Jack Grealish may not be up to the international level. The defence has played well, although Scotland nearly scored on a few different occasions Friday night.

The Czech Republic have surprised onlookers at the Euro 2020 tournament. They are in first place in Group D thanks to goal difference. A 2-0 win over Scotland was followed by a 1-1 draw against Croatia. The Croatians needed a second half goal to cancel out the Czechs’ 1-0 lead.

England and the Czech Republic have met four times in their histories. The Three Lions have posted a record of 2W-1D-1L over the course of those matches. These teams met in European Championship qualifying in 2019 with the teams splitting the series one win apiece. England won at Wembley 5-0 before the Czechs defeated the English on home soil 2-1.

Czech Republic vs England Betting Odds

 

The Czechs have played brilliantly at the Euro 2020 tournament. They collected 52% possession while posting 11 shots with just one on target. The team’s goal came courtesy of a first-half penalty from Patrik Schick. The Bayer Leverkusen striker is co-Euro 2020 goalscoring leader along with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Leading sportsbooks have the Czech Republic at odds of 7/1 to defeat the Three Lions. They are heavy underdogs despite defeating England in Euro 2020 qualifying. The Czechs are on a three-match unbeaten streak. It flies in the face of their form leading up to the tournament. They were winless in three of their final four pre-Euro 2020 tournament matches.

England are favourites to win the game and move into sole possession of first place in Group D. Southgate’s team have not only failed to score more than one goal, but they have not looked like scoring goals. England nearly left Wembley on Friday night as 1-0 losers. John Stones’ dramatic goal-line clearance of a Lydon Dykes header preserved the teams’ draw.

The Three Lions kept 61% possession, tallied nine shots, but just one of those shots hit the target. Meanwhile, the defence allowed 11 shots with two on target. Despite England’s failings versus Scotland, leading sportsbooks have the team at odds of 4/7 to win at full-time. Just one of the four games between the sides has finished in a draw. The teams are at odds of 5/2 to draw on Tuesday.

Czech Republic vs England Team News

England fans have been shocked not to see Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho play at the tournament. Southgate has not picked the winger and claimed form is an issue. Following the team’s nil-nil draw with Scotland, claims have been made that striker Harry Kane is not fit to play.

Southgate had Harry Maguire available for the game versus Scotland but stuck with Tyrone Mings and Stones. There is no reason for Southgate to change the defence against the Czech Republic and play a player that is lacking match sharpness in a big fixture.

In need of goals, Southgate could start Grealish. He came off the bench against Scotland but changed the game only marginally. Marcus Rashford also came off the bench and made little impact. Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be looked to against the Czechs. It does feel like England may be out of ideas.

Czech Republic coach Jaroslav Šilhavý doesn’t need to make any changes. A draw would suit the Czechs and send them through as group winners. England need to win to ensure they qualify for the knockout stage. Czech striker Schick is in great form. He has three goals in two matches thus far.

Czech Republic vs England Prediction

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The last time these teams played was in 2019 and the game ended in a 2-1 win for the Czech Republic. They were underdogs at the time of the game. England are struggling in front of goal. It has been classic England at the Euros. They played great in qualifying only to struggle at the tournament proper. The Three Lions need to score goals and win to ensure they qualify for the next round.

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Schick has been excellent at the tournament so far. He scored twice against Scotland and once versus Croatia to lead the team to four points from six. If Schick doesn’t score, there is a wonder whether or not the Czechs can win. Only one of their 11 shots against Croatia found the target. Schick has scored three very different goals: A header, goal from near the halfway line, and a penalty.

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England have done nothing in the final third at the Euro 2020 tournament. It has been a poor display from a team that were expected to walk to the win. Just one goal has been scored in 180 minutes of Euro 2020 tournament football. The Czech Republic’s two games at the tournament have finished with under 2.5 goals scored. After a 2-0 win against Scotland, they drew 1-1 with Croatia. With England struggling to score, Tuesday night’s game could finish in a score draw between the sides.

If England are going to win the tournament as some believed pre-competition, they are going to have to suddenly find form from somewhere. England were second favourites pre-tournament to win the Euros. Now, they have dropped to 7/1 to win the tournament, which is behind the likes of France, Germany, Italy, and Belgium. Anything less than a draw and England will have to hope for a favourable result in the Scotland-Croatia game.