Our prediction for this World Cup 2018 match:
Germany made it to the Euro 2016 semis, but hosts France proved to be a big catch for Joachim Low’s troops. The Germans have big ambitions for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and they kicked off their qualifying campaign in style. Following a 3-0 win over Norway Germany take on Czech Republic at Volksparkstadion and they are considered favourites on paper to pick up all three point from the match. Joachim Low’s team are a real force to be reckoned with at home and Tony Kroos and Co. are likely to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s football game. Czech Republic played out a goalless draw with Northern Ireland in their opener and they are unlikely to spoil Germany’s party in Hamburg. The Czechs often struggle on the travels and we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. In their last meeting in a competitive game Czech Republic emerged triumphant and, no doubt, the Germans are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Jonas Hector):
Jonas Hector is a product of Koln’s youth school. The left back was born on 27 May, 1990 in Saarbrucken and he began his youth career at SV Auersmacher. In 2010 he joined FC Koln and he made 63 league appearances for the reserve team between 2010 and 2013. Ever since he made his debut for the senior team on 27 August, 2012 he has been playing regularly for the Billy Goats and he certainly helped the team return to Bundesliga at the end of the 2013/2014 campaign.
Jonas Hector made his Germany debut on 14 November, 2014 in a 4-0 win over Gibraltar. The left-footed defender scored his first goal for the German national team on 29 March, 2016 in a 4-1 victory over Italy in Munich.
Hector represented his homeland at the 2016 European Championship finals in France and he scored the winner from the penalty spot in the quarter-final against Italy. Hector is capable of playing as a midfielder 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.