Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
Air Albania Stadium will host Thursday’s EURO 2024 qualifier between Albania and Czech Republic. Top position in Group E is at stake and we are positive that both sides are going to adopt a cautious approach this time out. Barring any fresh injury worries, Albania boss Sylvinho is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated Poland in their last group game.
The Czechs, on the other hand, are still without injured Bayer Leverkusen attacker Patrik Schick, who remains in the recovery room and, as a result, Sparta Prague forward Jan Kuchta will continue leading the line for the visitors. As Czech Republic have conceded only two goals in the process, we believe that there is a big value in betting on under 2.5 goals. Earlier in the process, the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in Prague, which is yet another reason why this betting option should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Ondrej Kolar ):
Born in Liberec, Czech Republic on October 17, 1994, Ondrej Kolar is a towering goalkeeper who plays for Slavia Prague. Kolar started his youth career at his hometown club Liberec, and he continued playing for the White-Blues at senior level.
After making 30 league appearances for the club, he move to Slavia Prague in 2018. It has to be noted that he played for Varnsdorf on loan as well during his spell with Liberec. The Czech shot-stopper has established himself as a first-team regular at Slavia Prague where he became the most expensive goalkeeper in the Czech First League history.
Speaking of his international career, the 193-cm-tall goalkeeper made his debut for the national team on November 17, 2019 in the Euro 2020 qualifying match against Bulgaria. His preferred foot is right, and he wears the No. 1 jersey at Slavia Prague. His contract with the capital club should expire in June 2022.
Highlighted Team (Albania):
The Albanian national football team has represented the country on international stage since 1946, and it is interesting to note that Albania was one of the founding members of UEFA back in 1954. The Eagles have enjoyed very little success in the 20th century, but they managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century and eventually secured their first ever appearance at a major tournament.
Albania qualified for the Euro 2016 finals as they came second in their qualifying group behind Portugal, taking 14 points from 8 matches, with Italian coach Gianni De Biasi at the helm. The Eagles have never qualified for the World Cup finals in 11 attempts, winning mere 14 of 94 World Cup qualifiers.
Former Lazio defender Lorik Cana has worn the captain’s armband over the last few years and he is Albania’s most capped player, while former Chievo forward Erjon Bogdani still holds the record for most goals for the national team, with 18 strikes in 74 appearances.