Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland betting tips: International friendly match preview and predictions

Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland prediction: Czech Republic 1-1 Northern Ireland

A heartbreaking night for Northern Ireland.

On Thursday in Rotterdam, the Green and White Army came so close to a point or even all three but ultimately left with nothing.

That leaves them highly unlikely to qualify automatically and set for the gruelling UEFA Nations League play-offs.

The Czech Republic meanwhile caused a major upset on Friday night, a win which massively boosts their own qualification hopes.

Who will come out on top in this friendly?

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Highlights of Netherlands 3-1 Northern Ireland

Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland: Who will win?

The Czech Republic are actually odds on favourites to win this match at 3/4.

Northern Ireland are 19/5 to win an international friendly away from home for the first tome since August 2006.

A draw is 23/10.

Under 2.5 goals is 8/15.

Draw and under 2.5 goals is 5/2.

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Zdeněk Ondrášek scored the winner against England on his international debut last time out. The FC Dallas man is 4/1 to open the scoring and 9/5 to make it two in two.

Lukáš Masopust could also be a threat. He is 6/1 to break the deadlock and 13/5 to net anytime.

Josh Magennis is his country’s top scorer in 2019. He is 8/1 to score first and 7/2 to net anytime.

Kyle Lafferty could also start up front. He is 17/2 to score first and 7/2 to get his first international goal since 11 November 2016.

Both Jakub Jankto and Masopust to score is 16/1.

Both Alex Král and Vladimír Darida to score is

Both Shayne Lavery and Liam Boyce to score is 28/1.

Both Matty Kennedy and Liam Boyce to score is 33/1.

Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland: Match preview

A massive result for the Czech Republic.

On Friday night, they welcomed England to Eden Aréna.

Nobody game them a chance as they’d lost 5-0 at Wembley earlier in the campaign.

Their task got even harder when England took the lead from the penalty spot in just the fifth minute.

But, less than four minutes after that, Jakub Brabec equalised for the home side, scrambling in a corner.

Jaroslav Šilhavý’s men were probably the better side from then on and deservedly won it late on when Zdeněk Ondrášek tucked home the winner on his debut.

2-1 it finished in Prague; a huge victory for the home side.

That means, in their qualifying group, they are second, level on points with England.

However, more importantly, they’re now four points above third-place Kosovo.

Nevertheless, also on Monday night, Kosovo host Montenegro in a match they’re likely to win.

That would reduce the gap back down to one and the two sides meet in Plzeň in the first part of their respective double-headers next month.

That’ll be a pivotal match for both sides with the winners likely to qualify and the losers dropping into the play-offs.

Can the Czechs keep the momentum going ahead of that crunch clash next time out?

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Can Northern Ireland got a morale boosting win?

As for Northern Ireland, Thursday night was a heartbreaking one for the Green and White Army.

They went into the first part of a double-header against Holland knowing that if they could somehow get four points they would qualify.

The first 75 minutes was very tight and the home side had very few chances.

Then, out of nowhere, Stuart Dallas’ cross found Josh Magennis who headed home the opener.

5,000 away fans go ballistic; the rest of De Kuip, silenced.

However, that only served to wake up the hosts.

Less than four minutes later, the Netherlands equalised through Memphis.

Even a point would have been brilliant for Michael O’Neil’s side.

But, they could not hold on.

Holland won it in the 91st minute before making it 3-1 at the end of stoppage time.

That means Northern Ireland will now have to beat Netherlands at home and Germany in Frankfurt to qualify automatically.

Thus, they look set for the Nations League play-offs.

It’s almost impossible to predict who they could face in those but they could meet teams such as:

Iceland, Bosnia, Wales and/or the Republic of Ireland.

These are teams of a similar calibre to the Czech Republic so this’ll be a good to see where Northern Ireland are.

Will they leave Prague victorious?

Czech Republic team news vs Northern Ireland

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Despite the fact this is of course a friendly, Jaroslav Šilhavý is likely to pick a strong side with that huge game against Kosovo to come.

As always, Tomáš Vaclík will be in goal.

Sevilla’s number one will win his 30th cap.

In defence, they have a whole host of injuries with Tomáš Kalas, Filip Novák, Daniel Pudil, Marek Suchý and Theodor Gebre Selassie all absent.

That means there’s only likely to be one change from the defence that started against England with Pavel Kadeřábek coming in for Vladimír Coufal at right-back.

Ondřej Čelůstka, Jan Bořil and the man who scored the equaliser on Friday, Jakub Brabec will all keep their places.

Alex Král and Tomáš Souček are 21 and 24 respectively and are likely to continue in midfield.

Further forward, Vladimír Darida will captain the side, flanked by Lukáš Masopust and Jakub Jankto.

Their talisman Patrik Schick played for about an hour on Friday.

However, he’s been struggling for fitness with his club RB Leipzig so is unlikely to be risked here.

So Zdeněk Ondrášek, who scored the winner on Friday on his international debut with his first shot in international football will start for the first time in a Czech shirt.

Will this side win again?

Northern Ireland team news vs Czech Republic

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As for Northern Ireland, Michel O’Neil has used recent friendlies against Israel, Republic of Ireland and Luxembourg to blood youngsters.

There will certainly be changes from Thursday but they will not be wholesale.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell will win his 13th cap in goal; he is yet to play a single minute for Burnley who he joined in the summer.

In defence, Norwich left-back Jamal Lewis is out so, just as he did in Rotterdam, Shane Ferguson will cover for him.

The rest of the defence, Conor McLaughlin, Jonny Evans and Craig Cathcart, is expected to be unchanged.

In midfield, despite being only 27, Oliver Norwood has retired from international football.

Jordan Jones is also out but injury is what is preventing him from being in the squad.

Corry Evans, Paddy McNair and captain Steven Davis were the midfield trio in the Netherlands last time out.

However, 23 year old Gavin Whyte is expected to come in, given the opportunity to show what he can do.

George Saville could also come in.

St Johnstone’s Matty Kennedy is also expected to earn his first Northern Ireland cap

He recently switched his allegiance from Scotland.

Up front, Josh Magennis has scored three goals in Euro 2020 qualifying with all three strikes coming as a substitute.

However, he’s likely to start this one with Kyle Lafferty, who now plays in Norway for Sarpsborg 08 FF, on the bench.

Connor Washington is injured.

Can this XI get a result in Prague?

Predicted Czech Republic line-up vs Northern Ireland

Predicted Czech Republic line-up vs Northern Ireland

Predicted Czech Republic line-up vs Northern Ireland.

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Czech Republic

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Czech Republic

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Czech Republic.

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The latest tweets from Czech Republic pre Northern Ireland

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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