Our football match prediction:
Despite being regarded as hot favourites to beat Greece in their last World Cup qualifier, Belgium played out a 1-1 draw with Michael Skibbe’s team in front of home fans. The Red Devils then shared the spoils with Russia in a friendly game and, no doubt, the star-studded team are determined to return to winning ways. Belgium take on Czech Republic in yet another warm-up game and we predict that Roberto Martinez’s men are going to leave their hearts on the field in Monday’s football match. Czech Republic recorded a routine 6-0 win over San Marino in a March qualifier, but the Belgians are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Czechs than their previous rivals. In previous two meetings between the two teams Karel Jarolim’s team emerged triumphant and, no doubt, the Red Devils are hungry for revenge. A man to watch in the home team will be Premier League star Eden Hazard, who is enjoying yet another season to remember.
Highlighted Player (Axel Witsel):
Axel Witsel is Belgian footballer who plays for Russian outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg. The 186-cm-tall midfielder began his senior career at Standard Liege and after spending five years at the Belgian club, he moved to Benfica in 2011. Witsel impressed in the 2011/2012 Primeira Liga campaign and, as a result, Zenit chiefs decided to sign him on 3 September, 2012. The Belgian footballer scored 4 goals in 19 league appearances for the Zenitchiki in the 2012/2013 Russian Premier League campaign and he has been producing fine displays for the Russian outfit ever since he joined the club. Speaking of his international career, Alex Witsel has nine caps for Belgium U-21 side and he made his debut for the first team on 26 March, 2008. The Belgian midfielder represented his homeland at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and he played for the Red Devils at the 2016 European Championship finals as well.
Highlighted Team (Czech Republic):
Czech Republic national team is the natural successor of the Czechoslovakia side that dominated world football during the 20th century, winning one European Championship trophy and coming second at 1934 and 1962 World Cups. After the separation of the country in 1992, Czech Republic continued the proud tradition by qualifying for each of the next six European Championship finals, losing to Germany in the final of the 1996 tournament. The Czechs also reached the last eight at the 2012 finals, but their World Cup record of late is pretty disappointing. Since separating from Slovakia, Czech Republic only qualified for one of five World Cup finals. The 1996 generation, featuring players like Pavel Nedved, Karel Poborsky and Patrik Berger, will forever remained etched in the fans’ memory, while the likes of Milan Baros, Jan Koller, Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky are some of the other notable footballers. Highly rated goalkeeper Petr Cech is the team’s most capped player, whereas towering forward Jan Koller tops the goalscoring charts with 55 strikes in 91 games.