England vs Czech Republic preview with team news, odds and prediction

England wrap-up the group stages of Euro 2020 when they take on the Czech Republic at Wembley on Tuesday night.

The Three Lions have already qualified for the knockout stages of the tournament following Monday night’s results as they are now guaranteed to go through even if they lose this evening.

England head into the game sitting second in Group D having taken four points from their opening two matches. The Czech Republic are also on four points after beating Scotland and drawing with Croatia but they’re top due to their superior goal difference.

It means a draw tonight would see England finish second/third and some say that would be better as it would mean an ‘easier’ last-16 game on paper. Winning the group would pit England against France, Germany or Portugal in the next phase but they’d lose home advantage if they don’t finish top so there are arguments for both sides.

One thing everyone can agree on is Gareth Southgate is under pressure to get a decent performance out of his players tonight as England have been poor in the tournament so far. They edged past Croatia 1-0 before being held to a 0-0 draw by Scotland on Friday night and the Scots were perhaps unfortunate not to take all three points.

Betting 

There will be plenty of betting action around this game as English fans love to gamble. Punters head to the likes of casinobankid.org to play slots, roulette or poker as well as placing bets on sports at traditional bookmakers, but activity is always heightened during big football tournaments like the Euro’s.

In this match, England are the 4/7 favourites with the bookies while you can get the Czech Republic at odds of around 13/2. If you fancy the game to end in a draw, then you’ll get odds of 14/5 at most leading sites.

We think England will just edge this one and a 2-1 victory is available at 7/1 – which sounds like a decent bet to us. Harry Kane is 11/4 to break his scoring  duck and open the scoring tonight. If we back Kane to score first in a 2-1 England win then we can get huge odds of 33/1.

Team news

England have been dealt a major doubt blow as Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell will be forced to miss the game as they need to isolate after coming into contact with Chelsea team mate Billy Gilmour. The midfielder tested positive for Covid following Scotland’s draw with England.

With Mount out, Jack Grealish is expected to start in midfield while Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho are also pushing to feature this evening.

Harry Maguire is being tipped to make his first appearance at the Euro’s after recovering from an ankle injury while Jordan Henderson could also be involved at some point.

Prediction

This will be interesting game to see how the two teams approach the match given the fact whoever finishes top will get a tougher draw in the last-16. However, the pressure is on Southgate to get a win and we think England will edge it. England 2-1 Czech Republic