Wales will host the Czech Republic at Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday in their second game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Wales started their World Cup qualification campaign with a whimper in Belgium. They lost 3-1 to European heavyweights Belgium in their first game of the qualifiers.
Czech Republic meanwhile, have made an excellent start to their Group E campaign, following up their superb 6-2 win in Estonia. They also played Belgium in their last game and managed to secure a 1-1 draw against a side much stronger than them.
The Czech Republic lead their group with four points from two games, while Wales are fourth in the table with zero points after one game.
Both teams are in a tough group, and a loss could spell doom for either side going forward in the qualifiers.
- Including games as Czechoslovakia, the Czechs have only won one away match against Wales in seven attempts, drawing three and losing three.
- Wales have lost just one of their past 15 home matches in qualification for European Championships and World Cups, winning nine and drawing five.
- Wales have scored at least once in 13 of their last 14 home games.
- Czech Republic have notched in eight of their last 10 fixtures.
- Czech Republic have avoided defeat in five of their last six matches.
- Both teams have scored in four of Czech Republic’s last six away assignments.
Wales and the Czech Republic last faced each other in June 2007 in a European Championship qualifier, drawing 0-0 at the Millennium Stadium in Ryan Giggs’ final game for Wales.
Wales and the Czech Republic have only played three games against each other.
Two of those matches ended in a 0-0 draw, while Czech Republic managed to win one. The last meeting between the two sides, which dates back to June 2007, resulted in a scoreless draw.
Wales avoided defeat in each of their last 11 fixtures on their own patch. Czech Republic are playing with plenty of self-belief, and they are capable of matching their hosts on Tuesday.
The Czech Republic look the better team on paper and, barring a superhuman effort from Ryan Giggs’ men, should be able to secure a win.
Over their opening two games, the Czech Republic have scored seven goals and conceded three.
We expect a narrow win for the visiting Czechs to cement their position at the top of the table in Group E.
Our prediction: Czech Republic to win @ 2.68