At the second day of play of the group D the roles are clearly divided. The national team of Croatia is the clear favourite at the match against the Czech Republic. Therefore the Czech Republic needs to bring a good team performance to keep up with the great performance of the single players of Croatia. Kick-off in the 17th of June is at 6 p.m..
Current performance of the Czech Republic
The big times of the Czech Republic at the soccer where they had names like Nedved, Smicer & Co are over. One interesting fact beside is that the Czech Republic and Croatia only have played once against each other. This was at the friendly match in February in 2011. Croatia has won the match with a sovereign score of 4:2. However it seems as if the Czech Republic is good at European championships because since 1996 they have been in every final rounds of the EURO. Tactically the team of Pavel Vrba acts very flexible. From a classic 4-4-2 over a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3 was everything represented. This will be also necessary against Croatia. One central point at the Czech Republic game is the position of the wing forward player. If the rival is able to neutralize this position the EURO finalist of 1996 has a big problem. A classical goal scorer does not exist in the team of the Czech Republic but this hasn’t mattered at the latest test matches before the EURO. Also like Croatia they have showed a strong performance. At first they have won against Malta with an amazing score of 6:0 and then they have won against Russia with a score of 2:1. However against Croatia the Czech Republic is the clear outsider.
Current performance of Croatia
For some experts Croatia is the ultimate secret tip for the EURO 2016. This also means a lot of pressure for the team. Especially in their home country the expectation of the team from Ante Cacic are high. One good sign is that the golden Generation already have made it to the third place at the world championship in 1998. Although Croatia has been part of all big tournaments in the last years, especially the quality of the solo players is awesome. Players like Luca Modric, Mateo Kovacic (both Real Madrid) or Ivan Rakitic (FC Barcelona) can decide the game on their own. At the qualification Croatia has scored the best goal difference even though they only made the second position. The latest test matches have been very good. At first there only have been a 1:0 against Moldavia but than they have beaten San Marino with a score of 10:0. It’s hard to find a weakness at the Croatian team. All in all they are unbeaten since 8 international matches.
Betting tip for this match
Even when the Czech Republic has shown that they also can keep up with a strong team, winning points against Croatia would be a surprise. Both teams are in a good condition at the moment but in the end the individual quality of the Cacic eleven will get through. We think that Croatia will win this match. Our tip: tip 2.