class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Just one goal separated the Tartan Army and Silhavy's men at Hampden Park recently, and Al Hain-Cole expects another tight clash at Euro 2020
Scotland will be hoping to celebrate their long-awaited return to major international competition with a win when they welcome the Czech Republic to Hampden Park in Monday’s Euro 2020 clash.
The Tartan Army are taking part in their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, having qualified via a penalty shoot-out victory over Serbia in the play-offs.
Scotland vs Czech Republic Latest Odds
Having come out on top in both Nations League meetings against this opposition last year, they are on offer at 19/10 (2.90) with bet365 to give themselves a strong chance of qualification by taking the points in Glasgow.
Jaroslav Silhavy’s men finished runners-up to England in their qualification group for this competition and are priced at 13/8 (2.63) to silence the home supporters with a victory here.
Just one of the nine previous encounters between this duo has resulted in a draw, but there are odds of 2/1 (3.00) available on them cancelling each other out in this one.
Scotland vs Czech Republic Team News
Young Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson will be hoping to start after impressing in the final warm-up match against Luxembourg, while Southampton striker Che Adams should start after switching international allegiances since the qualifiers.
Ondrej Kudela misses out due to the 10-game ban he received for racially abusing Rangers’ Glen Kamara in the Europe League, with Slavia Prague team mate Lukas Provod also absent after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament late on in the season.
Scotland vs Czech Republic Preview
After a difficult start saw four defeats and 13 goals conceded in his opening five matches in charge, Steve Clarke has lost just two of his subsequent 16 matches and ensured the defence have let in just 13 goals in that period.
He will be confident of keeping things tight once again against a Czech team that has failed to score in four of their last five away games, albeit conceding more than once in just one of those four.
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Scotland vs Czech Republic Tips and Predictions
With tensions bound to be high at Hampden after a long absence from the biggest stage, odds of 10/11 (1.91) look like solid value on no more than one side scoring and under 2.5 goals going in a similarly tight game to Scotland’s 1-0 Nations League win here last October.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.