Czech Republic vs Kosovo
Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Doosan Aréna (Plzeň).
CZECH REPUBLIC vs KOSOVO PREVIEW and News Team
Czech Republic surrendered a big lift last time out because they produce a good performance to pull off an unexpected victory over the leader of the British group. So the leaves they left the UK with three points and with a one point advantage over Kosovo. This game is against Kosovo that they would be worried about. A draw will leaving everything hinging on the final round of action.
In the last game of each, Czech Republic go to Bulgaria while Kosovo has a tougher match at home against England. So Republic will probably be quite happy with a draw. They will want to avoid anger. So far in this campaign, they have won all three home games, scoring at least two goals in each. They W8 D1 L1 in ten home European Championship final qualifying them. It shows that they probably will handle this situation quite well.
Can Kosovo pull of a double over the Czech Republic? Even if they do, they will have some work to do in their final qualifying game against England. But the need to get past this hurdle first. Kosovo has taken note of W3 D2 L1 in this group, the only upside happened against England. Out on their journey, they have W1 D1 L1 in this group, scoring in all three of the fixtures.
They have scored just three goals in both their last two on the road in Bulgarian and English. Kosovo's defeat in England in October snapped a six-match unbeaten streak of form they are away from home (all competitions and friendly matches). They have won four of their last five games played home and away (L1) and the defeat against England just lost them in their last 18 international matches.
Czech Republic vs Kosovo Head to Head
Kosovo took a 2-1 home win over the Czech Republic earlier in the group
The first-ever meeting between the two countries
Kosovo (4-2-3-1) - Muric; Vojvoda, Rrahmani, Aliti, Hadergjonaj; Voca, Halimi; Zhegrova, Celina, Rashani; Muriqi
England (4-3-3) - Pickford; Alexander Arnold, Keane, Maguire, Chilwell; Henderson, Rice, Barkley; Sterling, Kane, Sancho
Czech Republic looked to have blown their chance to qualify from Group A after losing 2-1 to Kosovo but back in the driving seat after winning the qualification during the last international break, including a shock victory over England. They led Kosovo by one point heading into their last two games and know victory here would secure them a place in the Championship next summer.
Kosovo know they already have secured a play-off place for Euro 2020 no matter what happens in Group A but their priority will qualify automatically by securing a top-two finish. Only a point separated and the Czech Republic, who they beat 2-1 earlier in the campaign.
home advantage could prove key here. Czech Republic has a 100 per cent record in qualifying at home, while Kosovo only won one of three on the road. The fact Kosovo will be missing striker Vedat Muriqi also swing the match into a scrumptious Czech Republic.
Prediction: Czech Republic 2: 1 Kosovo