Our football match prediction:
Czech Republic did remarkably well to qualify for Euro 2016 finals, but they have been struggling in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers so far. Coach Karel Jarolim can’t count on a number of footballers who participated in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and, as a result, Czech Republic have yet to record a win in group C. Karel Jarolim’s men played out a goalless draw with Azerbaijan in their last qualifying match and, no doubt, the hosts face a must-win situation in Friday’s football match against Norway. Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Germany and Azerbaijan, Norway defeated minnows San Marino in October and that certainly helped them regain a much-needed confidence. Czech Republic have yet to score in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and considering that Norway failed to find the net in two of their three qualifying matches, we predict that fans will see a low-scoring affair at Eden Arena.
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 (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.