Our prediction for this match:
Nigeria continue their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. Nigeria have been grouped with the likes of Croatia, Iceland and Argentina at the showpiece tournament in Russia and they will have to be at their sharpest in each of their three group games if they are to advance to the last 16. The Super Eagles have been having their ups and downs in 2018 friendly games, but they are definitely capable of beating Czech Republic, who failed to qualify for the World Cup finals. A man to watch in the African side will be Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Czech Republic, on the other hand, will not take part in the upcoming tournament in Russia and they are now fully focused on the EURO 2020 qualifiers. Coach Karel Jarolim is likely to use Wednesday’s football match to test as many players as possible, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Nigerians.
Highlighted Player (Stanislav Dostal):
Stanislav Dostal is a Czech goalkeeper who plays for FC Zlin. Dostal was born in on June 20, 1991 in Czechoslovakia and he is a product of Zlin football academy. The 186-cm tall shot-stopper made his Czech First League debut in November 2008 against Olomuc, but he has yet to earn a call-up for the Czech national football team. Stanislav Dostal, though, has six caps for the U18 team and it has to be noted that he played one match for Czech Republic U19 as well. The goalkeeper made 24 appearances for Zlin in the 2017/2017 Czech First League campaign, conceding 24 goals in the process, while keeping eight clean sheets. Nonetheless, his most successful season was the 2014/2015 campaign as he managed to keep no less than 11 clean sheets in 26 appearances in the league for FC Zlin. Stanislav Dostal is likely to play for Zlin in the 2017/2018 Europa League campaign where the Czech club will face the likes of Sheriff Tiraspol, Lokomotiv Moscow and Copenhagen.
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.