Our match prediction:
Having survived Croatia in their second group game, Czech Republic will be looking to clinch their spot as one of the four best third-placed finishers. Pavel Vrba’s men face a must-win situation in Tuesday’s match against Turkey and, no doubt, the Czechs will go all guns blazing at the Turks this time out. Czech Republic showed character in the 2-2 draw with Croatia, with the team coming from two goals behind to share the spoils with Luka Modric and Co. Turkey, on the other hand, were hammered by Spain (0-3) in their second group game and it has to be noted that they should have suffered a heavier defeat to the title holders. Fatih Terim’s men have been playing below expectations at the 2016 European Championship finals and we predict that Czech Republic are going to pick up all three points from Tuesday’s football match.
Highligted Player (Kaderabek):
Pavel Kaderabek is a Czech Republic defender born on 25 April 1992, who has enjoyed a bright start to his professional career. Coming through the youth ranks at Sparta Prague and gaining some first team experience during a loan spell with Viktoria Zizkov, the right-sided defender was finally able to show what he is capable of during the 2012/2013 season and he didn’t need a lot of time to make the next step in his career. After scoring impressive 10 goals in 76 league appearances for Sparta Prague, Kaderabek joined Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015, shortly after he had established himself as a starting right-back in the Czech Republic national team. The talented footballer helped Repre make it to the Euro 2016 finals by starting 9 qualifying matches, once again proving his killer instinct by scoring two goals. Pavel Kaderabek looks set to become one of leading players of the new generation and a big club move may not be far away either.
Highlighted Team (Turkey):
Present on the international stage since 1923, Turkey only started showing some promise during the 70’s, but they had to wait until the turn of the century to place themselves on the map. While they lost all three fixtures at their first ever European Championship finals in 1996, they fared much better four years later, reaching the last eight in Netherlands and Belgium. Milli Takim were able to build on that result as they went on to reach the podium at the 2002 World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan, while also finishing third at the 2003 Confederations Cup and making it to the semi-finals at the Euro 2008. Rustu Recber, Hakan Sukur and Emre Belezoglu were important parts of the country’s most successful generation, but the one including Arda Turan, Selcuk Inan, Burak Yilmaz and Hakan Calhanoglu is threatening to surpass their achievements. As the Turkish Super Lig continues the get stronger, the national team follows, and we should expect some big result from Milli Takim in the near future.