After their training camp in Austria, Michal Bilek’s Czech Republic are back in Prague for one more game before lining up against Russia in Euro 2012 Group A on June 8th.
Their opponents are Hungary and considering their recent form – and the absence of Czech skipper Tomas Rosicky with a calf complaint – they could well spoil the pre-tournament party and are priced at 25/4 to do so.
Hungary have lost just once in nine games, winning six of them, and they also picked up six clean sheets along the way, making the 17/4 odds for a Hungary clean sheet look reasonable value.
And looking at their respective qualifying campaigns, it was the Hungarians who performed better, at least in terms of their win ratio. The Czechs took maximum points in four of their eight games, while Hungary won six of the ten matches they played.
Furthermore, for those that love a statistic, the Czechs only picked up 54% of the points on offer, compared to Hungary’s 63%, yet it will be the Republic who travel to Poland and Ukraine after Hungary only managed third place behind top-class Dutch and Swedish sides.
The Czechs’ preparations for this summer’s festivities have, however, been going well so far. Saturday’s 2-1 win over Israel was their fourth victory in five and the odds on a fifth win in six on Friday are 9/20, while the draw is priced at 31/10.
Of their last five home games, four have been Czech victories to nil, with the only defeat coming against world champions Spain.
Another home triumph with a clean sheet in Prague is available at 6/5 and this looks to provide the most sensible option for football betting fans this evening.
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