Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
A place at the 2020 European Championship will be at stake when Czech Republic and Kosovo face each other at Doosan Arena on Thursday evening. Both national teams have been producing excellent displays in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, but only one will join England in top two in Group A. The Czechs did well to beat the Three Lions 2-1 in their last home game in the process, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Jaroslav Silhavy’s troops.
Kosovo, on the other hand, have been playing above expectations in both Nations League and Euro 2020 qualifiers. Still, since they are not regarded as good travelers, home win should be considered. Kosovo defeated Czech Republic 2-1 in Pristina earlier in the process, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Zdenek Ondrasek, who scored the winner against England, is likely to return to the starting XI for the home side.
Highlighted Player (Pavel 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 (Kosovo):
Despite the fact that a number of countries have yet to recognize Kosovo, they have been participating in the World Cup qualifiers September 5, 2016. Kosovo did well to hold Finland to a 1-1 draw in their opener, but they were outclassed by Croatia (0-6) in their second group game.
Albert Bunjaki’s men have slim chances of qualifying for the showpiece tournament in Russia, but, no doubt, they will use qualifying matches to gain a much-needed experience. Kosovo recorded their biggest win over Monaco on April 22, 2006, but they were not a member of FIFA back then. The Kosovo national football team played their first ever international friendly against Haiti in March 2014 and the match ended in a goalless draw.
Kosovo footballers wear blue shirts and black shorts when playing at home, while they play in yellow shirts and yellow shorts when facing their rivals on the road. Albert Bunjaku, who played for the likes of Nurnberg and Kaiserslautern in the past, is the team’s most notable player.