England could seal their qualification for the 2020 European Championships as they face the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday evening.
The Three Lions will book their spot at next summer’s competition with a victory at the Sinobo Stadium, whilst a loss to the hosts could potentially open the group up with just a couple of matches remaining.
Gareth Southgate’s troops currently sit top of Group A having won each of their opening four matches. Meanwhile, the Czech Republic are only one place and three points behind, albeit having played a game more. As a result, England are the clear favourites to top the group at a price of 1/100 with Betfair. Meanwhile, this weekend’s opponents are far behind at odds of 25/1.
The two teams come into Friday’s clash having only met sparingly throughout history. There have been three previous matches between the two nations, with England having stayed undefeated, winning two and drawing the other. When the two teams met earlier in the qualifying campaign, it was the Three Lions who were emphatic winners as they ran out 5-0 victors at Wembley Stadium.
Once again, England are much fancied to earn three points this time around at odds of 4/11 with Paddy Power. The hosts also sit at 6/1, with a draw slightly behind at 4/1.
Despite that, there have already been a few players having withdrawn from the England squad for their upcoming games during the international break. Fabian Delph and Tom Heaton have both had to step down with Dean Henderson replacing the latter. Leicester man James Maddison was the latest to pull out, this time due to illness. Tottenham Hotspur man Dele Alli has once again been left out. Elsewhere, Fikayo Tomori could make his international debut after impressing in the Premier League this season.
Meanwhile, the only injury worry that Jaroslav Šilhavý has ahead of the match is with defender Pavel Kaderabek who has been struggling with illness.
It could well be an entertaining tie coming up if England’s 5-3 win over Kosovo is anything to go by. Borussia Dortmund man Jadon Sancho scored his first two international goals that day and remains in fantastic form for his club. He is at 11/2 with Betfred to open the scoring this time around.
Patrik Schick will also be one to watch out for after scoring four goals in five qualifying matches so far. The on-loan RB Leipzig forward could potentially threaten the Three Lions’ defence and is at a price of 9/1 to net the opening goal on Friday.