Phil Neville’s Lionesses faced a raucous, record-breaking crowd at Wembley last weekend when they locked horns with Germany in their penultimate international game of the calendar year.
It was a clash that captured 77,000 fans who were spectators to the best of women’s football in one arena. And yet despite all the festivities and celebratory undertones, the hosts allowed the Germans to clinch a last-minute winner, somewhat souring the proceedings.
This week’s match in Ceske Budejovice against Karel Rada and co is instead an entirely different affair – one that our Czech Republic vs England predictions wager will put the Lionesses resilience and endeavour to the test, albeit towards three points.
A narrow win though will be enough to appease the masses. For now…
Czech Republic vs England Predictions
Last weekend’s defeat to Germany was Neville’s and by virtue England’s, fifth defeat in seven games.
Whether it’s been sloppiness in and around the defence, or a lack of clinical finishing in front of goal, as Nikita Parris displayed in that very game, it’s clear that the post-World-Cup hangover isn’t the only factor marring the Lionesses results.
The harsh truth is that this Tuesday’s hosts haven’t been good enough in recent games. And the Czech’s could very well exploit this dip in form to add to England’s woes.
None more so evident than in their 4-0 victory over Azerbaijan that saw the attacking powers of Lucie Vonkova at their peak.
Indeed, the 27-year-old bagged a beauty of a brace against a pretty feeble Azerbaijan defence. Assisted by the attacking prowess of Andrea Staskova and Kamila Dubkova, the forward was able to claim both goals with style and ease.
Between the three of them, 130 attacks were mounted against the opposition goal, with 98 being deemed dangerous enough to penetrate the defence.
Face a similar side this Tuesday, and our Czech Republic vs England predictions are expecting the likes of Alex Greenwood and Beth Mead to be put through the wringer.
And yet despite the negative exposure and the pressure of a must-win game, the Lionesses have showcased glimpses of the same attacking vigour that saw them reach the latter stages of the Women’s World Cup not so long ago.
Against Portugal a few weeks ago, they faced a side just as difficult to break down. And yet they managed to emerge with a slender 1-0 win, courtesy of Beth Mead’s wondergoal.
A similar kind of matchup awaited Neville’s players in the clash against a Marta-led Brazil. The 2-1 victory that followed was one of creativity, intrepidness, and great possession play.
Which brings us back around to the latest loss to the Germans, thanks to a late goal from Klara Buhl.
To concede so late one was once again a suckerpunch for the hosts, especially given the promising play that had led to Ellen White’s equalise and Parris’ penalty opportunity.
And yet it doesn’t take away from the attacking impetus shown by White and co – shades of that will take them to victory this Tuesday.
Czech Republic vs England Head To Head
The Lionesses face the Czech for the first time in the calendar year, which puts even more emphasis on current form in our Czech Republic vs England predictions.
And if recent performances are anything to go by, this won’t exactly be easy pickings for Neville and co.
Indeed, history has shown that against high-pressing, counterattacking teams – the likes that they faced in the Women’s World Cup – England have struggled to impose themselves.
Fall down this particular rabbit hole and they could be on their way to another defeat. Yet, all evidence implies their defence won’t be as lost as we’ve seen in the last few matches which sure do fuel a narrow win.
Czech Republic Team News
Rada’s one saving grace is the lack of injury concerns ahead of this Tuesday’s game.
In fact, the Czech’s come into the clash with a clean bill of health.
The only noticeable admission is that of their experienced central defender Petra Bertholdova, who will be serving a one-match ban as her team lock horns with the Lionesses.
With two yellow cards amassed in the 4-0 win over Azerbaijan, the 34-year-old was at fault for two reckless fouls that’ll see her sidelined in Ceske Budejovice.
While our Czech Republic vs England predictions foresee this as a major blow for the hosts, there are plenty of fruitful assets further up the pitch who could make up for Bertholdova’s absence.
England Team News
Neville’s counterattacking move has seen him select an experienced squad – one that featured 17 players that made an impact over the summer in reaching the Women’s World Cup semifinals.
The likes of Lucy Bronze, Beth Mead, Steph Houghton and Jill Scott are all inclusions.
Meanwhile, the return of Jordan Nobbs Ellen White and Georgia Stanway will only bolster the proceedings and morale ahead of Tuesday’s match.
Whereas Nobbs has been in good form for the Gunners in the aftermath of her season-long absence from the first-team, and White already in the thick of the action, Stanway may need further assessment prior to kickoff.
Czech Republic vs England Betting Tips
Sure, the sports betting offers may not be available yet for England’s last international encounter of the year, but it’s clear who the betting favourites are.
There is no denying the individual talent that the Lionesses possess, and it may be that which spurs them on to victory this Tuesday.
Yet, Neville and co will be all too aware of their previous defeats where defensive issues have undone their attacking prowess.
So much so, that it looks like our Czech Republic vs England predictions forecasting a narrow win for the visitors may just be worth punting on.