International Friendly - Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland taking place? Monday 14th October, 2019 – 18:00 (UK)

Where is Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland taking place? Generali Arena, Prague

What television channel is Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland on? Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland will be televised live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event

Where can I stream Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland? Tickets may be available on this link

THE TEAM NEWS

CZECH REPUBLIC

  • The Czech Republic face Northern Ireland in this friendly encounter buoyed by their excellent 2-1 victory against England on Friday night which ended England’s long unbeaten record in qualifying matches and increased the Czech Republic’s hopes of qualification.
  • It is more than likely that coach Jaroslav Silhavy will make a number of changes to the side that faced England but there should be very good motivation throughout the squad following that result and any players coming into the team will be keen to impress.
  • Since losing a friendly against Brazil in March they have won four out of five international matches and have scored two or more goals in each of the four matches they have been victorious in.

NORTHERN IRELAND

  • Northern Ireland will have travelled to Prague still feeling the huge disappointment of having let a 1-0 lead slip against the Netherlands in Rotterdam on Thursday where they conceded two goals in stoppage-time to fall to a 3-1 defeat - putting a huge dent in their EURO 2020 qualification hopes.
  • With this only being a friendly encounter plenty of changes are expected as Michael O’Neil will probably give game time to squad members who have not been involved as much. Reports suggest that Michael McGovern could start in goal, whist the likes of Tom Flanagan, Jordan Thompson, Liam Donnelly, and Gavin Whyte could also be involved. Winger Matthew Kennedy is in line to make his debut.
  • Michael O’Neil has suggested this match will be good preparation for any potential involvement in the EURO 2020 qualifying play-off’s but it is difficult to assess how fully motivated they will actually be.

THE PREDICTION

The mood in the camps of the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland will be very different following their respective results in their EURO 2020 qualifying matches at the end of last week, with the Czech Republic enjoying a fantastic come-from-behind win against England, whilst Northern Ireland were left crushed by a late-turnaround in their match against the Netherlands when they looked set for a famous victory. Goals in this fixture have not been easy to come by for the Czech Republic, with a failure to score in each of the last four meetings between the two teams, but it would be a surprise if that sequence continued and the extra good feeling in the Czech camp might just be the telling factor in a home win.

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