Czechia vs Moldova Match Analysis & Prediction
20/11/2023 10:45 pm
Czech Republic and Moldova meet on Monday night in what is a winner-takes-all tie with regards to qualification for Euro 2024.
Just two points separate the second and fourth-placed nations in Group E, the hosts only requiring a point and the visitors needing all three.
At the start of this group, Czechia would have envisaged a relatively comfortable passage through to the finals given the level of teams in their section.
However, while they suffered just one defeat – away in Albania – in seven matches, three draws have cost them, and there is still work ahead if they wish to qualify for their eighth successive European Championship.
Their only wins in six competitive games have come against Faroe Islands, the home match ending 1-0, and it has highlighted the drop off in quality in Jaroslav Silhavy’s side.
On a positive note though, Czech Republic came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw in Poland on Friday night, Tomas Soucek scoring the equaliser shortly after halftime.
That goal proved crucial in eliminating Poland from the equation, leaving Czechia as clear favourites to seal their spot in the 24-nation competition.
Like their hosts, Moldova do not have the backup of a playoff place should things not go their way on Monday, yet they are already in this position well and truly against the odds.
This is a team that finished behind Latvia in the most recent UEFA Nations League, but an eight-point return from four matches during this qualification campaign has catapulted them into contention.
As well as beating Poland 3-2 back in June, Serghei Clescenco’s side have since earned a draw in the reverse match against the same opponents and held Albania to a 1-1 draw on Friday.
Vladislav Baboglo’s 87th-minute equaliser was not enough to prevent Albania from qualifying outright, yet it further showed that they should have the belief to cause a huge upset in Olomouc.
Back in March, Moldova secured a goalless draw with Czech Republic on home territory, but they require maximum points to qualify for a major tournament for the very first time.
Czechia vs. Moldova Head to head
In the three previous meetings between these two teams, Czech Republic have claimed two victories while they have drawn once.
Czechia Team News
Silhavy replaced forward duo Mojmir Chytil and Jan Kuchta at halftime against Poland and it would not come as a surprise to see them start on the substitutes’ bench.
Tomas Cvancara and Adam Hlozek were introduced in their places and they may prove to be the only changes to the starting lineup.
Czechia's Last 5 Matches
15/10/2023Czechia1Faroe Islands0Euros Qualifiers
Moldova Team News
Moldova will likely be forced into at least one change with Ioan-Calin Revenco being withdrawn at halftime through injury against Albania.
Maxim Cojocaru was introduced in his place and appears likely to deputise at right wing-back if required.
Moldova's Last 5 Matches
10/09/2023Faroe Islands0Moldova1Euros Qualifiers
Czechia vs. Moldova: Odds and Predictions
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