Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland by Rahul

If you watched the Euro 2016; you heard one major statement "Will Grigg's on Fire, your defence is terrified" and despite that he never appeared for a single minute on the pitch with Michael O'Neill opting for Kyle Lafferty to start up front and after notching 4 goals this campaign, he has still yet to be called up. The defensive unit of Northern Ireland is what helped them stay afloat in the Euros as they never lost any game by more than 1 goal, and often a late one. O'Neill will probably stick with a similar backline of Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart.


The Czech Republic side have lost many stalwarts from this tournament as Cech, Rosicky, Plasil, Hubnik, Limbersky and Lafata to name a few who have now retired from the international game. The Czech side will be injecting a lot of youth with an average squad age of 26-27 to get them ready for the tournaments coming ahead. The problem for the Czechs will be keeping opponents out of their goal, as they were one of the leakiest sides during Euro 2016. Scoring the goals will rely a lot on Necid and Vydra who would be their furthest 2 up front. While the Czechs will have the home ground advantage, its the Northern Irish who will have the vocal support as we saw in France earlier which could motivate them.


The 2 sides last met in the World Cup 2010 qualifying campaign with both games landing up to be a 0-0 affair. I expect this game to be an extremely tight and drab affair with a Northern Ireland Double Chance seeming to be the best pick for the price on offer.


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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Northern Ireland/Draw Bet365 2.15 6 0-0 WON (+6.9 units)
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09/05/2016 - 02:10
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