Two teams keen on making it back to back to wins at the start of the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign lock horns this weekend. The match schedules for Saturday in Prague, with a kickoff at 10:45 pm.
Czech Republic opened their Group E challenge with a 6-2 away victory to Estonia on Thursday. On the other hand, Belgium recorded a 3-1 win over Wales on the same night.
It was a fantastic night for Czech, who picked up a crucial win in their Group E opener on Thursday. West Ham’s in-form midfielder Soucek netted a hat-trick in their victory last time out.
Their win means the side have now won their last three matches in all competitions. However, this month’s doubleheader against Belgium and Wale might prove a challenge for the side in their bid for a spot in the World Cup 2022.
A good sign is when the Czech Republic feature in the European Championships, having finished second behind England in their qualification group. A major positive came from their win over the Three Lions in October 2019.
Meanwhile, Belgium enters this clash on the back of a 3-1 win over Wales on Wednesday evening. The side responded from a Harry Wilson strike in the earlier minute with Thorgan Hazard’s goals, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne. The win makes it five wins in their last five competitions.
Czech Republic vs Belgium Head to Head
Both sides have three games against each other, with the Czech Republic with two wins while Belgium has one win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Estonia 2-6 Czech Republic
Czech Republic 2-0 Slovakia
Czech Republic 1-0 Israel
Germany 1-0 Czech Republic
Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic
Belgium 3-1 Wales
Belgium 4-2 Denmark
Iceland 1-2 Belgium
England 2-1 Belgium
Belgium 5-1 Iceland
Czech Republic Team News
Czech did not pick up any injury concerns during their win over Estonia, meaning we might see the same squad selection. With ten international goals in the bag, Patrick Schick sets to maintain his spot at the attacking tip.
Belgium Team News
Martinez could choose to shake the back three with Jason Denayer coming in for Thomas Vermaelen. Timothy Castagne and Leandro Trossard came off the bench and are likely to gain some minutes. However, we expect the same front three of De Bruyne, Lukaku and Mertens.
Prediction and Odds
Belgium should not take their opponents lightly, with their recent achievements coming as a motivation.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Over 2.5