Our football match prediction:
Czech Republic will be looking to build on a 2-1 win over Azerbaijan when they host San Marino at their Doosan Arena. The Czechs failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, but, no doubt, they want to finish their qualifying campaign with a win. Coach Karel Jarolim mixed the squad in the 2-1 win over Azerbaijan and he is likely to stick his rotation policy. Anyhow, regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, Czech Republic are likely to pick up all three points from Sunday’s football match. San Marino experienced all sorts of problems at the back in an 8-0 loss to Norway and the minnows are unlikely to spoil Czech Republic’s party in Plzen. The rock-bottom team conceded 31 goals in last five games in all competitions and, taking everything into account, anything but a routine home win will be a major surprise.
Highlighted Player (Tomas Vaclik):
Tomas Vaclik is the Czech Republic international goalkeeper who has been with FC Basel since 2014. Having begun his professional career in Vitkovice, the 27-year-old shot stopper also played for Viktoria Zizkov and Sparta Prague before he moved to Switzerland. At the beginning of his career Tomas Vaclik draw plenty of attention from all across Europe and has even signed a deal with Dutch side De Graafschap in 2011, which was later rescinded after Vaclik failed his medical and was forced to return to Prague. During two seasons with the Swiss giants FC Basel, Tomas Vaclik has managed to establish himself as a first-choice goalkeeper averaging 31 appearances per season. He played a massive role in his team’s back-to-back title challenges and has gone to extend his contract with Basel as a reward, a contract that will keep him with the Swiss club until 2021.
Highlighted Team (San Marino):
San Marino played their first official match back in 1990, with the team suffering a 4-0 loss to Switzerland in the European Championship qualifiers. The minnows often serve as a cannon fodder for their rivals in competitive games, but it has to be noted that they did well to hold Estonia to a goalless draw in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. San Marino have yet to record a win in the qualifiers for the major tournaments, but on April 28, 2004 they recorded a hard-fought victory over Liechtenstein in a friendly match and that is considered their biggest achievement. “La Serenissima” welcome their rivals at San Marino Stadium and the capacity of the venue is only 6.664. San Marino footballers wear blue shirts and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst the colour of their away kits is white. It is well known that San Marino have never participated at the finals of the FIFA World Cup or the European Championship.