Handed the chance to secure top spot in Group A and confirm their place at next year’s European Championships, a free-scoring England will make the trip to the Sinobo Stadium in Praha on Friday night.
Eventually picking up a dramatic 5-3 win over a resilient Kosovo last month, Gareth Southgate’s men have won all four of their EURO 2020 qualifying matchups and are one of just four nations to boast a 100% run.
On the flip side, The Three Lions are not the only nation that have their sights set on securing an automatic route out of Group A.
Bouncing back from their last-gasp defeat against fellow qualifying hopefuls Kosovo with a 3-0 victory away in Montenegro last month, Jaroslav Šilhavý’s men have won three of their last four Group A matches and currently sit in that lucrative second spot.
However, you might be interested to know that the Czech’s slumped to a 5-0 hammering when they made the trip to Wembley back in March and Southgate’s men can be found at 23/20 with Ladbrokes to come away with back-to-back victories and over 2.5 goals on Friday.
The Czech Republic looking to be the best of the rest
Although the Czech’s will be more than aware that surpassing England to top spot in Group A would require a minor miracle, they do have their sights firmly set on landing a lucrative second-place finish come November.
Picking up a much-needed 3-0 win over Montenegro last month to immediately bounce back from their shock defeat away in Kosovo, Head Coach Jaroslav Šilhavý finds his men pencilled in at 4/7 with Bet365 to secure an automatic route out of Group A, ahead of Kosovo who sit at 5/4.
Now winning their last thee domestic matchups on home soil and now managing to find the net in their last four matches across all formats, they should be confident of capitalizing on an England side who have recorded just two away clean sheets since July 2018.
If the Czech Republic are to pull off a famous upset on Friday night, then they will be looking for Roma loanee Patrik Schick to lead their charge.
Now plying his trade with German outfit RB Leipzig, the 23-year-old once again found the net against Kosovo last month and now has four in his last four Group A appearances.
You might be interested to know that Schick can be found at 10/3 with Coral to extend on his international purple patch this weekend.
England march towards qualification
Although they may have not been at their best against Kosovo on the South Coast last month, Gareth Southgate’s men have marched towards EURO 2020.
Despite holding two games in hand over the other nations in Group A, The Three Lions already sit three points clear of Friday’s hosts and England know that another victory will see them secure an automatic route to next year’s European Championships.
Unsurprisingly, one man to keep an eye out for on Friday night will be captain and attacking talisman, Harry Kane.
While Tottenham might be struggling with their consistency, Spurs’ leading marksman has already bagged 11 goals for club and country so far this season, including four in his previous two Group A appearances.
You might be interested to know that Kane is pencilled in at 5/6 with Coral to extend his tally in Praha on Friday.
Elsewhere, Southgate does have a selection dilemma on his hands at the heart of his defence.
Despite Manchester United continuing to embark on a crisis, world-record signing Harry Maguire looks set to retain his place but their still remains some questions over who will partner the 26-year-old.
With both Joe Gomez and Michael Keane struggling to make much of an impact this season, Tyrone Mings and Fikayo Tomori will be hopeful of making a first senior debut.