World Cup. Qualification. Europe
Group stage. Round 8. Group E
Stadium: Tsentralnyi (Kazan)
The Czech players have beaten Belarus in all six previous head-to-head encounters. Will Georgi Kondratiev's team be able to break this bad streak now? Our prediction: the Czechs will win comfortably again!
The Belarus national team fails in another qualifying tournament. We can only sadly remember how the White Wings made it to the semifinals of the Euro-2020, remaining just two steps away from travel to the continental championships, but now they are suffering a real wreck in the 2022 World Cup qualification. They started quite well, though, as they defeated Estonia 4-2 in the first round. However, the Belarusians then suffered five straight losses, including 0-2 against Estonia in the last round. Such a poor start pushed Belarus into last place in Group E.
Czech Republic form
In the qualifying group for any major tournament, where there is a national team of Belgium, at best you can count on only second place. In the qualification for the World Cup 2022, the same second place allows you to get into the knockout stage, where you can wrest a ticket to Qatar, so it makes sense to fight for it. The Czechs are already doing just that, but their chances of success are shrinking with each passing day. In six meetings, the Lions managed only two victories, 6-2 over Estonia and 1-0 over Belarus, respectively. Fortunately, they will only meet with these opponents at the end of the qualifying rounds, it’s not over for the Czechs yet. In addition, they remain in second place in the standings, although they are behind the Welsh in points lost.
The teams have played each other 6 times, each one a victory for the Czech national team with a total goal difference of 16-4. The last time the opponents met was in the current qualification when the Czechs proved to be stronger (1-0).
Expert Betting Tips
The Belarus national team has played their main match in the current qualifying tournament, losing to Estonia 0-2, which almost guaranteed the last place in Group E. Of course, the Czechs are the clear favorites in the upcoming game, they will definitely get three points; the only question is how confident they will be in doing so. There is a high probability that the score difference will be comfortable because for the team led by Jaroslav Šilhavý it is important not only to win but also to think about scoring the goals in order to have an advantage in case of ties. As a result, we should bet on the victory of the Czech national team with a handicap (-1.5) at odds of about 1.85.
If you look at the head-to-head stats, you can find not only the White Wings losing constantly, but also the Lions being extremely productive in the attack. The six encounters between the team saw the Czechs hit the Belarusian goal 16 times (2.67 on average per game), which is a very solid figure. And now it would be very useful for Jaroslav Šilhavý's team to score more to have a comfortable goal difference, so the Czech Republic's individual total over 2.5 goals for 2.24 seems to be the best option to bet on.
Patrik Schick continues to travel around the clubs of Europe. For the second year in a row he plays for Bayer, where his first season was spent on adaptation, but now he shows excellent statistics. The 25-year-old has already scored six goals in seven games and is the third top scorer in the Bundesliga after the crazy good Pole and the Norwegian. In the last 14 official games for the Czech Republic, he has already scored 10 goals, which proves his excellent form, so it is worth looking at the bet on the goal of Patrik Schick with odds of about 2.13.