Our prediction for this match:
Russia, despite everyone giving them little chance of doing anything as hosts of the World Cup surprised everyone by being very direct in their opening two games scoring eight goals. In the end they managed to get to the quarter-finals where they were defeated by Croatia by way of a penalty shootout. After their first qualifying match in the League of nations they are playing against Czech Republic, who they only played three times before without losing to them. The Czechs didn’t make it to the World Cup but their record in the last 10 games is not bad. They have six wins and four defeats. In their last game, they triumphed over Nigeria 1:0. Russia only came to form in the World Cup having some bad results in the run-up. However, with the side now invigorated, they will look to easily beat Czech Republic at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-na-Donu in this friendly.
Highlighted Player (Artem Dzyuba):
Over the years Artem Dzyuba has established himself as one of the best players in the Russian Premier League. The 196-cm-tall attacker began his senior career at Spartak Moscow and after ending his loan spells with Tom Tomsk and Rostov, he moved to Zenit St. Petersburg in 2015. Artem Dzyuba scored 15 goals for the Zenitchiki in the 2015/2016 Russian Premier League campaign, while providing nine assists for his teammates. The Russian forward was not as successful in the 2016/2017 season as he scored 13 goals in 26 appearances for Roberto Mancini’s troops, while having six assists. Dzyuba made his debut for the Russia national football team in November 2011 in a friendly game against Greece, but he did not represent Russia at the Euro 2012 finals. The Zenit striker scored his first goal for the Russian national team on September 8, 2014 in a 4-0 win over Liechtenstein. Artem Dzyuba was born in Moscow (Soviet Union) on August 22, 1988 and he is a product of Spartak Moscow football school.
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.