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How Scotland Qualified for Euro 2020
Scotland took the long road towards qualification. They were drawn in a tricky Group I alongside Belgium and Russia. Those two sides shared 18 wins from 20 matches meaning that Scotland had to settle for third place in the group.
They headed for the play-offs and went into Path C. Steve Clarke’s side overcame a strong Israel team in the semi-finals after a nerve-wracking penalty shootout. Their fate in the final was once again decided at 12 yards. Scotland drew 1-1 with Serbia and won the resulting shootout 5-4 after Kenny McLean fired in the winner.
How Czech Republic Qualified for Euro 2020
Czech Republic did what was required of them in Group A. They were drawn alongside England as well as some solid sides in Kosovo and Bulgaria. But Jaroslav Šilhavý got his players to do what they needed to. They qualified in second spot behind England with five wins from eight matches in their five-team group. They picked up some impressive results but the best of all was that 2-1 win over England in Prague back in October 2019.
It was a good campaign for the Czech Republic who continued their perfect record of qualification in this competition. They’ve made it to the finals of every single European Championships since 1996.
Scotland v Czech Republic Stats & Analysis
It’s the first time in 25 years that Scotland have qualified for the European Championships. They’ve made the play-offs twice since the 1996 tournament in England but missed out twice. Their 2020 campaign represented a change in that but it wasn’t all plain sailing.
Scotland certainly showed their weaknesses in the qualification stages, especially in defence. They conceded 20 goals in 12 matches, the most of any side that qualified for the finals. But they still won five of those matches despite the defensive issues.
Czech Republic have their own concerns. Šilhavý’s team showed something of a split personality in qualification. Their performances and results depended largely on where the games were being played. They won every one of the four home matches including that impressive win over England. It was a different story on the road as they lost three out of four.
Scotland v Czech Republic Bets
The bookmakers are expecting a close one here. Scotland are the marginal favourites at 7/4 to secure three vital points in Group D. A draw is available at 9/4 and Czech Republic are out at 9/5 to get the win at Hampden Park.
This may well be a high-scoring match. Scotland are certainly prone to conceding goals and the Czech Republic have some talented attacking players. Both teams to score seems likely at 21/20 in a match they’ll probably each have to win to qualify. Over 2.5 total match goals is tempting at 6/4. Or you can back over 3.5 out at 4/1 but there’s a reason the odds are that high.
Scotland v Czech Republic betting offers
William Hill: Scotland to qualify out of Group D at 40/1
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