Football’s coming home again! But that’s only because England open their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign at Wembley against Czech Republic this evening.
The Three Lions are back at the national stadium for the first time since November, hoping to make it four wins in a row in all competitions.
Can they get off to the perfect start in Group A? Or will Matej Vydra and co. put a Czech-shaped spanner in the works tonight? We’ve previewed the match below.
England are heavily odds-on ahead of this one. Gareth Southgate’s men boast some excellent form and should make light work of Czech Republic at 2/7.
The Three Lions have plenty of exciting attacking options to call upon these days. We make them 12/5 to Win with Over 2.5 Goals in the match.
Southgate shouldn’t move too far away from the side that qualified for the Nations League Finals in October, although Declan Rice could be primed for his first England start.
The West Ham United star is enjoying his first taste of competitive international football and may start with Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier both lacking fitness.
Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling will lead the charge in a front-three. Jadon Sancho could fill the spot on the right side with Marcus Rashford missing through injury.
Czech Republic will counter England’s 4-3-3 with a 4-1-4-1, which means defensive midfielder Tomas Soucek will have to be on his game from minute one.
Towering forward Patrik Schick will give Harry Maguire and co. plenty to think about, while Bristol City centre-half Tomas Kalas will prove just as vital at the other end.
Raheem Sterling is the other obvious threat. Manchester City’s main man has 21 goals for the season and finally laid his Three Lions curse to rest with a brace against Spain in October.
The aforementioned Schick has five goals in 14 international appearances and carries the biggest danger for the visitors at 5/1.
Where: Wembley Stadium
How to watch: ITV
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