After another round of domestic league fixtures, the second international break commences this week. This break marks the halfway stage of the European World Cup qualifiers, and for today’s betting tip, we’ll be focusing on the important fixture between the Czech Republic and Wales in Group E.
The Czech Republic are entering this fixture after a mixed bag of results to begin qualifying. During the last international break, the Czechs beat Belarus in a 1-0 victory but were defeated 3-0 by table-toppers Belgium, so this matchup with Wales holds added weight for their World Cup hopes.
However, the Czech Republic are without some key players for their game against Wales. West Ham full-back Vladimir Coufal misses out, whilst Slavia Prague standouts Petr Sevcik and Lukas Masopust also are absent from the squad.
Similar to the Czech Republic, Wales have had an inconsistent beginning to qualification. They came out on top of a thrilling 3-2 game against Belarus before a dull 0-0 draw with Estonia on matchday 6.
Wales will also have some missing faces for this trip to the Eden Arena. Bournemouth attacking midfielder David Brooks and Tottenham defender Ben Davies are absent through illness.
These two sides do not have an extensive history of matchups. Instead, the two sides have faced off four times in their history, including earlier this year. The two sides have an even record, winning once each and drawing two. However, Wales were victorious in their last meeting earlier this year.
Unfortunately for fans, this fixture doesn’t have a history of goals. The sides have played out two 0-0 draws in four encounters, In addition, in the four meetings, only four goals have been scored. So our betting tip is a draw and under three goals with Bet 365 at 3/1.