Start date: 27 Mar 2021 21:45
Venue: Eden Arena
Referee: William Collum, Scotland
When the odds are 5.00 the expected chance of winning is 20%, but this team actually wins 38% matches with these odds.
When the odds are 1.65 the expected chance of winning is 61%, but this team actually wins 61% matches with these odds.
Czech Republic vs Belgium Match preview
The Czech Republic started their hunt for a first World Cup appearance since 2006 in exciting fashion, recording a 6-2 win over Estonia in what was their highest scoring World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) fixture since 2005.
However against Belgium they face FIFA’s number one ranked nation, and considering they’ve lost by a 2+ goal margin in two of three games played vs top-five ranked countries since the start of 2019, it looks likely that the Czech Republic’s current 35-game streak without a draw will continue (W20, L15).
However the one exception since 2019 was a victory over England, a game that saw the Czech Republic concede the opener but come back to win 2-1 – that’s been the case in three of their previous six home victories too. The last home H2H also saw the Czech Republic concede first but win 3-1, so counting them out if they go 1-0 down – as was the case vs Estonia – could be unwise.
Only four Belgians have appeared in a World Cup final – but they were all match officials during the first three (1930/34/38)! Yet despite never winning the World Cup as a nation, Belgium are ranked number one for a reason, and have won 17 of the 19 games they’ve played since the start of 2019, including 15 by a -1 handicap.
They’ve also won ten straight WCQ away matches, scoring the opener nine times, and netting during both halves on eight occasions. Belgium have also scored the opener within 25 minutes in their last six competitive away games (W5, L1), so expect a confident start.
Players to watch: Tomáš Souček scored his first international hat-trick for the Czech Republic on WCQ matchday one, and will face another matchday one scorer in Romelu Lukaku, who’s now netted three second-half goals across Belgium’s last two games.
Hot stat: Eight consecutive Czech Republic matches have featured the opener scored by the 20th minute.
My prediction to the match
Czech Republic won the previous match against Estonia 2:6, but now they will play against much better team with very strong squad.
Belgium also have won their 1st match of the WC 2022 Qualification round 3:1 against Wales and I think they have much better chances to win the match.
Lukaku, Hazard, De Bruyne, Mertens, Meunier all will be available for the match vs Czech Republic and it will be the game for the 1st place in the Group E.
So, my prediction and free betting tips for the match:
Belgium to win with odds 1.75 in 1xbet
Total Over 2 goals with odds 1.48