Czech Republic vs Scotland – Czechs without a point in Group I

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Scotland travel to Prague top of Group I after two games, but manager Craig Levein knows his side face a tougher test than the group table may suggest.

Levein has troubles in defence with goalkeeper Allan McGregor and defenders Alan Hutton, Gary Caldwell and Steven Whittaker all facing fitness tests ahead of the game in Prague.

Match Odds

Both Scotland and Czech Republic have played Lithuania already in this group with contrasting results.

Scotland went to Lithuania and earned a draw, whilst Czech Republic were beaten at home by Lithuania and on that form, Scotland should come out of Prague with three points – they are as big as 4/1 to win.

Levein’s first game in charge of Scotland was at home to Czech Republic and his side managed a 1-0 win but Petr Cech was absent and he returns to the squad for this clash.

Since that game Czech Republic have won two and lost two, scoring nine and conceding six, they are 8/11 to win on Friday.

Total Goals

Milan Baros is injured and Roman Bednar has missed West Brom’s last two games, so Czech Republic will look to in-form Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky to find the net – he is 5/2 to score any time.

Kenny Miller will lead the line for Scotland and he is 9/4 to score any time but Czech Republic need a win to stay in contention for qualifying and they are 1/1 to keep a clean sheet.

Spain vs Lithuania

Spain are without Xavi and Fernando Torres for their home tie with joint Group I leaders Lithuania, but they are overwhelming favourites at 16/1 to win the game.

However, with no Xavi, Lithuania have a great opportunity to spring a surprise – they are 22/1 to win the game.

Lithuania have a better chance of coming away with a point and they are 12/1 to do so. See the full Euro 2012 qualifying football betting odds market here.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.