England could confirm their place at Euro 2020 next summer if they beat Czech Republic on Friday evening.
The Three Lions currently sit three points clear of Czech Republic at the top of group A with a perfect record, having played a game fewer.
A victory would put Gareth Southgate’s men six points clear, with Czech Republic only having two games remaining. And with group tiebreakers settled by head-to-heads, England would be uncatchable.
When these two sides met at Wembley in the group opener in March, England ran out 5-0 winners with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick.
Jaroslav Silhavy’s men have bounced back since, winning three of their following four games, only falling to the impressive Kosovo.
They will be looking to cause an upset on Friday in what is just the fourth game between England and Czech Republic, with the Three Lions winning two alongside one draw. But can it be done?
Read on for our predictions, key players, TV info and team news ahead of Czech Republic vs England.
When is Czech Republic v England and where can I watch live?
Competition: Euro 2020 qualifiers
Venue: Sinobo Stadium, Prague
Date: Friday, 11 October
Kick-off: 7:45 PM BST
TV coverage (UK): ITV1
Czech Republic (WLWWL)
10 September 2019: Montenegro 0-3 Czech Republic (Euro 2020 qualifier)
7 September 2019: Kosovo 2-1 Czech Republic (Euro 2020 qualifier)
10 June 2019: Czech Republic 3-0 Montenegro (Euro 2020 qualifier)
7 June 2019: Czech Republic 2-1 Bulgaria (Euro 2020 qualifier)
26 March 2019: Czech Republic 1-3 Brazil (Friendly)
10 September 2019: England 5-3 Kosovo (Euro 2020 qualifier)
7 September 2019: England 4-0 Bulgaria (Euro 2020 qualifier)
9 June 2019: Switzerland 0-0p England (Uefa Nations League)
6 June 2019: Netherlands 3-1 England (Uefa Nations League)
25 March 2019: Montenegro 1-5 England (Euro 2020 qualifier)
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Ones to watch
Czech Republic: Vladimir Darida
If Czech Republic are to go some way to earning their place at Euro 2020 with a shock win over England, they will need captain Vladimir Darida to perform.
The 29-year-old is the most-capped player in the squad and will almost certainly start high up the pitch, looking to build an understanding with the chosen striker.
For German side Hertha Berlin this season, Darida has been vital, creating more chances (12) and recording more assists (3) than any other teammate.
Key stat: Only Jadon Sancho (5), Thomas Muller, Alassane Plea and Thorgan Hazard (4 each) have recorded more assists in the Bundesliga this season than Vladimir Darida’s three.
England: Raheem Sterling
Despite the new competition in attack, Raheem Sterling very much remains England’s main man. The Manchester City winger has six goals and four assists in four European qualifying games, being directly involved in more goals than any other Three Lions player.
When these two sides last met, Sterling scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 win at Wembley, and he has gone on to net in every Euro 2020 qualifying game for England.
This is form he has carried over to Manchester City, with Sterling scoring six goals in the Premier League and three in different cup competitions.
Key stat: No England player has scored more goals across all competitions this season than Raheem Sterling’s nine.
Filip Novak, David Pavelka and David Hovorka are all out with injury.
Marek Suchy also misses out, so either Jakub Brabec or former Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas will partner Ondrej Celustka in defence.
Pavel Kaderabek is a doubt through illness.
Predicted XI: Vaclik; Coufal, Brabec, Celustka, Boril; Kral, Soucek; Masopust, Darida, Jankto; Schick.
England will be without Fabian Delph for the international break after the Everton midfielder pulled out from the squad with a hamstring injury. There is also no Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Kyle Walker, Eric Dier or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who all missed out on the 25-man squad.
The biggest question will be who starts at centre-back alongside Harry Maguire. Neither Michael Keane or Joe Gomez have exactly impressed at club level this season, which could present an opening for Fikayo Tomori or Tyrone Mings. Tomori’s Chelsea teammate Tammy Abraham will also be eyeing up a start in attack, though competition is tough.
Predicted XI: Pickford; Alexander-Arnold, Maguire, Keane, Chilwell; Henderson, Rice, Mount; Sterling, Kane, Sancho.
England cruised to victory in the previous group meeting and will be looking for a similar result on Friday. With an attack eager to put bad club results behind them, Czech Republic could feel the full force of the Three Lions – but as Kosovo showed us, England’s defence can be breached.
Scoreline prediction: Czech Republic 1-4 England