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Czech Republic vs Scotland Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview – SportsUntapped.com
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Added October 7th, 2010 by Ian

Czech Republic vs Scotland Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview
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The Czech Republic takes on Scotland at home in Prague in an important Euro 2012 qualifier on Oct. 8 and we could see English-born defender Phil Bardsley in the squad for the Scottish. The Czechs will be looking to rebound after their humiliating 1-0 defeat at home to Lithuania in their Group I opener.

Scotland beat the Czech Republic 1-0 back in March on a goal by Scott Brown in the second half and you can bet they want to avenge that loss. Scotland has gotten off to a pretty good start with a win over Liechtenstein and a draw against Lithuania, putting them on top of the group for now. The Czech Republic is sitting in fourth place and need a win badly.

However, the Czechs will be without top striker Milan Baros with an injury and they have called up 18-year-old striker Vaclav Kadlec from Sparta Prague. Another striker, Martin Fenin is also injured and manager Michal Bilek has called up Lukas Magera after a lengthy absence.  A trio of English Premier League players are in the squad with goalkeeper Petr Cech of Chelsea, midfielder Tomas Rosicky of Arsenal and Roman Bednar of West Brom, but Bednar missed the last two league matches with an injury.

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Scotland won’t know until game time if goalkeeper Allan McGregor and defender Alan Hutton will be fit enough to play. Midfielder Scott Brown of Celtic didn’t make the trip due to an ankle injury, but he might be able to pay against Spain on Oct. 12. Jay McEveley is out as well and this means that English-born right-back Phil Bardsley of EPL club Sunderland might play after being called up to Scotland for the first time.

The Czechs last beat Scotland 3-1 back in 2008. Both teams have been playing pretty inconsistent football over their last five games with Scotland winning two, losing two, and drawing one. These include 3-0 losses to both Sweden and Wales.

The Czech Republic has won two and lost three in the past five. These include a 4-2 win over America and a 4-1 win over Latvia.

Czech Republic vs Scotland Betting Odds and Predictions

This is a pretty hard game to predict as you never know which side is going to show up for both countries. They can each play some excellent football some nights and stink the place out on others. Both teams will be missing key players and that also makes it difficult. Scotland can be pretty effective when they attack and that’s what they need to do here. However, the Czechs should be able to do enough for a 2-0 win here.

Sportsbook William Hill has the odds of a Czech Republic victory listed at 7/10 with a Denmark win at 9/2 and a draw posted at 12/5. A 2-0 win for the Czechs is listed at 13/2.

 
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