Kick-off: 1945, 04/06/2021
Stadium: Renato Dall’Ara
TV: Sky Sports
Italy have built up a lot of momentum heading into Euro 2020 and will no doubt want to maintain that by beating Czech Republic in Bologna.
Their opponents have also qualified for this summer’s spectacular but an inconsistent run of results has tempered expectations.
We’re happy to take 8/5 for the Azzurri to win to nil as our first Italy vs Czech Republic prediction.
A Look At Italy’s Betting Odds
Italy will be optimistic of making smooth progress from Group A at Euro 2020 after being drawn alongside Switzerland, Turkey and Wales.
After missing out on the last World Cup, the Azzurri have enjoyed a resurgence under Roberto Mancini.
They powered through qualifying with 10 straight wins, scoring 37 goals and conceding only four.
Last year’s Nations League campaign was another boost, with Netherlands edged out at the Group A1 summit.
World Cup 2022 qualifying began with clean-sheet victories over Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and Lithuania.
Friday’s 7-0 rout of San Marino can only be taken as another statement of intent, however weak the opposition was.
Mancini has quality throughout his squad and a settled system built mainly around home-based players.
Looking at the Italy vs Czech Republic odds, we like 7/4 for the Azzurri to win by more than one clear goal for the eighth straight outing.
A Look At Czech Republic’s Betting Odds
Czech Republic booked a place at this summer’s big event by finishing second to England in their pool, registering five wins and three defeats.
Their inconsistency is perfectly illustrated in two meetings with the Three Lions, being thrashed 5-0 in London but then prevailing 2-1 in Prague.
England will again be among their opponents in Group D at Euro 2020, along with Croatia and Scotland.
Top spot in a B-level Nations League section will have pleased head coach Jaroslav Silhavy, although they did lose twice to the Scots.
March’s World Cup games saw a familiar theme continue, with a 6-2 drubbing of Estonia and a fine 1-1 draw with Belgium followed by a disappointing 1-0 defeat in Wales.
Midfielder Tomas Soucek has impressed for West Ham this season while Patrik Schick of Bayer Leverkusen has a good record of 10 goals in 24 international appearances.
Overall, though, the feeling is that Silhavy’s squad just lacks the quality necessary to trouble elite-level nations.
The Azzurri have won five of their last six matches 2-0 and 7/1 for that scoreline to come up again is added to our Italy vs Czech Republic betting tips.
ITALY 7-0 San Marino – Bernardeschi, Ferrari, Politano (2), Belotti, Pessina (2)
Wales 1-0 CZECH REPUBLIC
Head-to-head: Italy 2-1 Czech Republic, Czech Republic 0-0 Italy, Czech Republic 0-2 Italy, Italy 2-2 Czech Republic
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