The days of Croatia’s World Cup final appearance seems a long time ago as the Blazers have been struggling of late. Defeat to England in their opening Group D game meant that Croatia have now lost eight of their past 14 matches over the past nine months, winning four and drawing two. One of those draws game in a warm up match for Euro 2020 as they were held by Armenia, before losing to Belgium 1-0. The 1-0 reverse to England was also their first ever defeat in the opening game of a European Championship group stage, but it doesn’t mean their campaign is over. Four points from their final two games should be enough to secure at least third – and a potential place in the last-16.
Czech Republic, meanwhile, will be looking for a win to all-but confirm their spot in the knockout stages after their excellent start to Group D. They beat Scotland 2-0 on Monday and lead Group D after one game, continuing their turnaround in form which has come at the perfect time. After winning the opening game of their 2022 World Cup qualifying group against Estonia, Czech Republic drew with Belgium (a positive result) but then lost back-to-back batches against Wales and Italy. The latter was a 4-0 thrashing in the build up to Euro 2020, but they bounced back by beating Albania 3-1 prior to the 2-0 victory against Scotland. Just one more win should do it for Czech Republic, who may want to secure their last-16 spot before facing England.
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Croatia vs Czech Republic: Match Stats
Croatia looked poor in their defeat to England, very rarely testing Jordan Pickford. But they know they will need to step things up against a Czech Republic side that will be very happy with a draw. So Croatia may score with Czech Republic less intent on attacking, but Jaroslav Silhavy’s men proved their quality against Scotland.
The main Czech Republic man against Scotland was Patrik Schick, who got both goals in the game including a Goal of the Tournament contender that will be nigh-on impossible to beat. Schick has now scored three goals in his past two games for Czech Republic having also found the net in their 3-1 win over Albania.
Croatia vs Czech Republic: Corner Stats
Croatia’s Group D opener against England was a quiet affair for corners, with both sides having just one apiece. Czech Republic, on the other hand, shared 12 with Scotland in their game, split evenly.
Croatia vs Czech Republic: Cards Stats
Croatia found themselves on the wrong side of the referee in their defeat to England, with three players booked. Duje Caleta-Car, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic were the yellow card recipients, while there was also a caution for their opponents (Phil Foden). Czech Republic and Scotland played a card-free game despite there being 12 fouls.
Croatia vs Czech Republic: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Croatia 1-1 Czech Republic
Croatia vs Czech Republic: Odds
Croatia vs Czech Republic: Head to Head
17 June 2016 – Czech Republic 2-2 Croatia – European Championship
09 February 2011 – Croatia 4-2 Czech Republic – Friendly
12 December 1996 – Croatia 1-1 Czech Republic – Friendly
Two relatively newer nations, Czech Republic and Croatia have only faced off three times, with the most recent coming in the Euro 2016 group stages. The current record stands at two draws and one Croatia victory.