Euro 2020 | Netherlands vs Czech Republic


 The Dutch vs Czech Republic prediction, the Dutch team that arguably exceeded expectations under Frank de Boer is preparing to fight in the last 16 of
 when they face the Czech Republic at the Puskas Arena on Sunday night.
The Oranje qualified through Group C as winners to advance to the knockout stages, while the Czech Republic booked their place in the elite 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams.
There would have been no deserved red card for North Macedonia's Goran Pandev – although he was given a guard of honor by his own team-mates after being substituted in the 67th minute – by which time the Dutch had scored three goals for modest success. .
Memphis Depay was unsurprisingly the man to break the deadlock on the day, and soon-to-be Barcelona forward provided Georginio Wijnaldum to double the lead before the former Liverpool man added the cherry on the icing on the cake with his second goal. and the Oranje's third goal in the 58th minute.
The ruthless nature of the Netherlands has shined in this Championship, with no other team in the group stage having surpassed the eight goals scored by the Oranje in their three group matches, and De Boer has seen his side score at least two goals in each of their matches. Last 10 matches in all competitions.
Having apparently found the optimal formula for success with a new 3-4-1-2 display, De Boer has slowly won his critique after some pre-tournament pessimism with regards to their chances, and another welcome game with Wales or Denmark awaits if the Netherlands progress as they have expected. expected.
Not since Euro 2000 – when De Boer was an integral cog in the Oranje machine – did the Netherlands open their European Championship campaign with four straight wins, but having been blown away and delighted so far, a first quarter-final appearance since 2008 is nothing less than their staunch supporters will receive.
Following in the footsteps of Scotland and Croatia, the Czech Republic became the third team to be thwarted by a strong England defense at Wembley, as Raheem Sterling's first-half header was the only thing separating the two sides during a low-key game in England. capital.
Despite falling to their first and only loss in the group stage at Wembley, the Czechs' win over Scotland and a draw with Croatia was enough for them to progress as one of the best third-placed teams, and they have been rewarded with a game. terrifying proportions.
In doing so, Jaroslav Silhavy has steered his team further than Pavel Vrba could during their poor run of 2016 – keeping with the theme of the Czech Republic being knocked out in the group stage one year then advancing to the knockout stages during the following cycle.
The Czech Republic have never been eliminated in the last 16 of the Euros as an independent nation, but if they are to break a cycle that is worse than they did in the previous knockout stages (runners-up in 1996, semi-finalists in 2004 and quarter-finalists in 2012 ), Silhavy will need Patrik Schick and teammates to fire on all cylinders in Puskas Arena.
The Netherlands and the Czech Republic played a thrilling five-goal thriller during the group stage of Euro 2004 – where Milan Baros and Vladimir Smicer completed a remarkable Czech comeback in a 3-2 win – and the Oranje also lost by the same scoreline to the Czechs in their last battle. in October 2015.
Netherlands forward Luuk de Jong will not feature again in the tournament after suffering a knee injury, but having only played 10 minutes in the group stage, he will not miss a big chance.
The Netherlands and the Czech Republic played a thrilling five-goal thriller during the group stage of Euro 2004 – where Milan Baros and Vladimir Smicer completed a remarkable Czech comeback in a 3-2 win – and the Oranje also lost by the same scoreline to the Czechs in their last battle. in October 2015.
Netherlands forward Luuk de Jong will not feature again in the tournament after suffering a knee injury, but having only played 10 minutes in the group stage, he will not miss a big chance.
However, De Boer does have a dilemma up top, as Wout Weghorst will be hoping to do enough to replace Liverpool-linked Donyell Malen alongside much-needed Depay.
Weghorst's physical strength and 6ft 5in frame may be preferred against the strong Czechs, while Marten de Roon should return to the XI after being rested against North Macedonia.
The Czech Republic, meanwhile, will be forced to make a change at left-back after Jan Boril picked up his second yellow card of the tournament against England, so Brescia's Ales Mateju could replace him.
Silhavy should not make any significant changes to the XI despite their disappointing performance at Wembley, with the only real uncertainty for the Czech coach being midfield partner Tomas Soucek, as Alex Kral and Tomas Holes battle for the spot.
Schick sits level with four other players - including Wijnaldum - with three goals for the tournament so far, but he has only recorded one shot on target in 180 minutes against Croatia and England.


⛳ Possible Team Lineup

🔺 Netherlands : Stekelenburg; De Vrij, Blind, De Ligt; Dumfries, De Jong, De Roon, Van Aanholt; Wijnaldum; Depay, Weghorst

🔺 Czech Republic: Vaclik; Coufal, Celustka, Kalas, Mateju; Holes, Soucek; Shrovetide, Darida, Yankto; Schick

✅ Score Prediction Netherlands vs Czech Republic: 3-1
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