After defeating Turkey with relative ease last Saturday, Croatia meet the Czech Republic on Friday afternoon. Will Burns returns with his selections of the best ways to make a profit in this match.
Friday 17th June 2016 – 17:00 BST
EURO 2016 – GROUP D
CZECH REPUBLIC v CROATIA
Even though Croatia defeated Turkey by a narrow 1-0 win on Sunday, the performance was exciting, action-packed and dominant. Coach Ante Cacic said that goalscorer Luka Modric had delivered one of his best ever performances for his country, and one would be hard pressed to disagree. Dictating the tempo, orchestrating nearly every attacking move, Modric was a joy to watch and capped off his act with a sensational volley to win the game.
This generation of Croatian players have not performed as well as they might have done at previous international tournaments as of late, but this could all change. A quick flick through the squad on paper and you will see some elite names in European football. Winners, leaders and champions. The win last weekend should have been even more comfortable considering the number of chances they passed up and I can see Petr Cech being busy on early Friday evening.
The Czechs were over dominated by Spain in a pretty one-sided affair that was lost after conceding a late Gerard Pique goal in a 1-0 loss. Goalkeeper Cech was the man-of-the-match keeping his country in the game for 87 minutes. In a shocking stat to back up this claim, the Arsenal stopper made more passes (total of 36) in the game than any other Czech Republic player.
I feel this game will be of a similar ilk with Croatia keeping the possession and pressuring throughout while being weary of a counter-attack. Croatia will see off the Czechs here readying themselves for a mouth-watering clash against Spain on Tuesday night to see who will top the group.
TIP: Croatia to win (1.91 at Bet365)
TIP: Correct Score – Czech Republic 0-2 Croatia (9.00 at BetVictor)