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A 1-0 win over Slovakia means that Scotland continues to top Group B2 by one point over Czech Republic. Two wins from their three unbeaten outings to this point is good going and considering one of the victories came on the road at their next opponents, you’d think they should have the upper hand back at Hampden Park.
However, Jaroslav Silhavy’s men have won three of their four matches this year, including all three outside of their home country against Slovakia (A), Cyprus (N) and Israel (A) respectively.
That sole defeat did come against their hosts for this one though, but they can be forgiven for that considering they had a Covid-19 outbreak in the build-up and lost some key players as a result.
Fortunately for the visitors, the Tartan Army will be the ones without some key players this time around, with the likes of Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Christie and Kieran Tierney all missing out after the former tested positive for the virus last week, which when coupled with the absence of both James Forest and Oliver Burke through injury, the attacking options look extremely limited.
Indeed, the aforementioned five players have netted 11 goals between them for their country which is nearly more than the whole current squad (16), and goals could be at a premium with so many first team players on the sidelines.
It isn’t just the attack that look to be hindered, as along with the self-isolating Tierney, both Scott McKenna and Liam Palmer will miss this fixture through injury, and that surely has to open up a few opportunities for their visitors.
Czech Republic To Beat Scotland
Czech Republic have netted in 13 of their 17 trips since the start of 2017, winning over half as only Belgium, Northern Ireland, Russia, Ukraine, England, Bulgaria and Kosovo got the better of them.
Indeed, the defeat to the latter in their campaign to qualify for the Euros was shambolic, but recent results have proved they’re able to put up some resistance against some of the better sides.
That was certainly the case when they beat England 12 months ago and with a spine of Tomas Vaclik, Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Darida, it’s easy to see how.
Given the current circumstances, we’re happy to have a little flutter on the visitors making it four straight victories outside of the Czech Republic and leapfrog Steve Clarke’s men in the standings.