You must go back to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany to find the last and only time Czech Republic have qualified for the World Cup. Since then they have struggled to make it to the finals and they have another uphill task on their hands if they are to make it to Russia next year. The Czech’s currently sit in third place in UEFA World Cup qualifying Group C with 9 points from their 6 games played.
Northern Ireland occupy second place on 13 points, which means Czech Republic cannot afford to fall further behind with games running out.
Germany have no such concerns and top the table with 18 points having won all 6 of their matches. The Germans are the defending World Cup holders and will want to head to Russia in style by winning all their games.
Czech Republic Form
Czech Republic have not been an easy team to defeat in this group having lost only 1 of their 6 games. However, they have not found winning matches to be easy and have picked up just 2 wins in the group.
The victories came against Norway at home and away to San Marino. The win over Norway was 2-1 and the win in San Marino a much easier 6-0 thrashing. Their only defeat in the group was against upcoming opponents Germany and the Czech’s went down 3-0 in Hamburg.
Goal scoring at home in World Cup qualifying games has proven difficult for Czech Republic and they have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 matches.
Germany continue to march towards the World Cup finals and have even taken time out from their qualifying schedule to win the 2017 Confederations Cup with a much-changed squad.
Germany have a 100% record in the group and have scored 27 goals in their 6 games, which is a tremendous record. They are currently averaging 4.5 goals per game and have conceded only 1 goal, which came in the away match at Azerbaijan.
The Germans are undefeated in their last 29 World Cup qualifying games, which is a phenomenal record and they have won their last 11 away World Cup qualifying matches, which is also a great achievement.
Czech Republic have gone with a few surprises in their squad and have left out the experienced duo of Tomas Sivok and defender Michal Kadlec. Midfielder Vladimir Darida is the most experienced man left in the squad while there are several players still waiting for their first cap.
Germany have chosen to recall some familiar names following their Confederations Cup success. There are recalls for Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller, Mario Gomez, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil but Manuel Neuer is not fit enough to take part in the match.
Top Betting Tips
Given the excellent form of Germany and their World Cup qualifying record, it is impossible not to back them for the win in this game. They are 4/9 favourites with Ladbrokes to leave Prague with maximum points.
Germany have been scoring goals for fun but have also been defensively sound. The same cannot be said for Czech Republic who have been struggling to score goals at home in World Cup qualifying games. Germany to win the match to nil is 11/8 with Bet365. (Odds: online-betting.org)
Given the goals scored by Germany and the fact Czech Republic must come out to try and win the match, there should be plenty of goal scoring opportunities. Germany to win and over 2.5 goals is 6/5 with Ladbrokes.