Scotland vs Czech Republic – Euro 2020 Betting Tips

Scotland are hosting the Czech Republic in Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland on the 14th of June 2021 at 18:30 IST. Two very similar sides are set to lock horns in what is likely to be a good game because of the less expectation factor attached to it, usually, games like these give out spectacles for ages and this is likely to be something like that.  

Scotland Form and Team News

Scotland did not qualify from the regular bracket of squads i.e. the top two teams buckets from each group but managed to do so after being the third-best squad from a bigger group of six teams.  After the ten games played, they won just five matches while losing just five games as well. They did not draw any games. They finished scoring 15 points with Belgium and Russia topping Group I. They conceded more than what they scored, which is not actually a good sign for any team going into a big competition like EURO. They have won five games in the last ten while also being on a five-match unbeaten streak coming into the first game of their EURO 2020 campaign against the Czech Republic at home on Monday.

Steve Clarke, the Scotland national football team coach has been quite inconsistent with results gathered, while the progression of the team under has been on the rise nonetheless but they have too slow off the block in tournaments like these which could fatal along the way, Clarke might need to rectify that aspect of the game which if done would make Scots a tough team to beat on any day. Che Adams, Dykes, and Nisbet present in the forward line, while ManU star McTominay, Billy Gilmour, McGinn, Ryan Fraser and Ryan Christie comprise in the midfield. Liverpool superstar Robertson, Kieran Tierney, Liam Cooper, Grant Hansley and Patterson are the defenders. David Marshall or McLaughlin are probably expected in the goal.

Czech Republic Form and Team News

In the EURO qualification rounds, Czech Republic were part of Group A with the likes of England, Kosovo, Bulgaria and Montenegro too in the mix. The Czech Republic finished as the number two team in the group with 15 points from eight games played. They won five games while losing the rest three games in the process. They also did not draw any games in the campaign. They did not score many goals with just 13 strikes in the back of the net and also conceded 11 goals. Their last ten games have not consistent enough which could not affect them too much in the first game probably because they are facing a similar Scotland on Monday, Czech would need to win that game and carry forward the momentum gathered from there into the other tougher games like against England and Croatia going forward. They won five games in the last ten matches, drawing just one but losing a massive four games within that. 

Patrik Schick, Adam Hlozek, Matej Vydra and Krmencik are the forwards in the setup. Tomas Soucek, Barak, Jakub Jankto, Darida, and Krati comprise the midfield lineup. Coufal, Kalas, Sadilek, Zima, Boril, and Mateju being on the defensive side of the squad with the likes of Vaclik, Pavlenka or Mandous expected to keep the goal for the Czech Republic side. Coach Jaroslav Silhavy will be mindful of the inconsistency factor looming over his side’s game, he would need to address that immediately which could prove as the telling difference between a Czech team that could be and a Czech team that is present. 

Odds by Casumo

The Czech Republic are the favorites to win according to the Casumo Sportsbook. They are placed at 2.75 odds while Scotland is placed at 2.95. The odds for a draw is 2.95

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Our Tipster’s Angle

 This is one game where we can expect a draw to be also a likely outcome, because of both teams’ strength, their recent record and head to head stats. But the Czech Republic probably might pull this out due to the fact that they have a better qualification round record which might be the real factor separating the otherwise similar squads.   

Tip 1: Total Goals under 2.5

Seven of the last ten matches that Scotland have played across competitions have had the total goals to be under 2.5. While playing at home, Scotland have had three of their last four matches where the total goals have been under 2.5. In the case of the Czech Republic, in the last ten matches played, they have had six games where the total goals were under 2.5. Playing away across competitions, three of their last five matches also had the total goals to be under 2.5. Out of their last six head to head matches, they have had four matches where the total goals were under 2.5. While playing head to head in Scotland, they have two of the last three games where the total goals were under 2.5. So it’s quite likely the match will have under 2.5 goals. According to the Casumo Sportsbook, the odds for the total goals to be under 2.5 is 1.52.

Tip 2: Both teams not to score

In the last three matches played by Scotland across competitions, two of those have had both teams not score. While playing at home, four of the last five matches Scotland have played across competitions have had both teams not scoring. Two of the last three matches the Czech Republic have been part of have had the above condition being satisfied. Playing away, four of their last five matches Czech Republic was part of has turned out to have both teams not scoring. Four of the last six head to head matches between the two sides also had yielded the condition as mentioned above, also while in Scotland, the head to head record shows their last two games have been both teams not scoring scenarios, so it’s most likely both teams might not end up scoring. The odds for Both Teams not to score according to the Casumo Sportsbook is 1.75.

Conclusion

Two very similar sides face off against each other in what is likely to be a very edgy game. It’s a very tough group this, Group D and a win here for either team would be a big step ahead in the context of the tournament. Summarising on a couple of bets from above:

  1. Total goals under 2.5 @ 1.52
  2. Both teams not to score @ 1.75

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