Kick-off: 1915, 08/06/2021
Stadium: Generali Arena
TV: Sky Sports
Czech Republic could do with a boost ahead of Euro 2020 after being hammered by Italy last week but Albania can be stubborn opponents.
The visitors have only lost to England in their last nine outings and held Wales to a goalless draw in Cardiff on Saturday.
Even so, we’re going for a narrow home win to nil at 11/10 for our first Czech Republic vs Albania prediction.
A Look At Czech Republic’s Betting Odds
Czech Republic are rated third favourites behind England and Croatia for Group D at Euro 2020, with Scotland the outsiders to advance.
However, Jaroslav Silhavy will be concerned by an inconsistent run of results ahead of this summer’s spectacular.
The Czechs were beaten 1-0 away to Wales in the third of March’s World Cup qualifiers and went down 4-0 versus Italy in Bologna on Friday.
Silhavy will now be hoping his side can rediscover the sparkle of their opening two World Cup games.
West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek hit a hat-trick in a 6-2 romp against Estonia before Belgium were held to a 1-1 draw in Prague.
If Albania do sit back, the Czechs do at least have the physical presence to challenge for balls into the box via the likes of Soucek, Patrik Schick and Burnley’s Matej Vydra.
Looking at the 15/4 for a 1-0 home victory.
A Look At Albania’s Betting Odds
Albania are ranked 66 in the world by FIFA, 26 places below their next opponents, but showed plenty of spirit versus 17th-rated Wales.
Following a pretty drab first half, Neco Williams did manage to force Gentian Selmani into a decent save after the break.
However, the Dragons rarely threatened to break the deadlock in a game of few chances.
Albania failed to have a shot on target themselves, though, and committed 21 fouls in attempting to keep Wales out.
If this match follows a similar pattern, we just feel the Czechs may be more proactive at testing Albania’s defence in the air.
Harry Kane headed England in front when they won 2-0 in Tirana in March and that is an area which could be exploited again here.
Let’s finish off our Czech Republic vs Albania betting tips by taking 29/10 for the scores to be level at half-time and then the hosts to prevail.
Italy 4-0 CZECH REPUBLIC
Wales 0-0 ALBANIA
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