Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland Betting Preview – World Cup 2018
The Euro 2016 qualification campaign from Northern Ireland was a stunning affair. They defied all the odds, all the expectations on them and went out and won their qualification group. Yes, they topped the group and sailed their way positively to their Euro 2016 finals. Granted, once there they struggled to keep pace with the tournament in the group stage, still it was a massive step forward for Michael O’Neill’s men because it will have given them renewed belief that they can frankly achieve bigger things, notably landing a place in the World Cup 2108.
However, they have a tougher qualification group here than they had to reach Euro 2016. They have to take on Germany, Czech Republic, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino. The latter two aren’t too much to worry about really, so their big qualification challenges will come against the Czech Republic and Norway, with Germany expected to just go out and beat everybody in the group pretty comfortably.
So this is a massive game for Northern Ireland right out of the blocks. They have to get something out of this and a point would probably be a good return because landing the win may be difficult. There may be something in this for Northern Ireland to play out a point, because the last two meetings when they came together in World Cup 2010 qualifying both played out to 0-0 draws. A repeat of a 0-0 draw will return you a price of 6/1 in the Correct Score market with online betting site Bet365.
The lower the scoring in this game, the more that it is gong to suit the Irish. They have Kyle Lafferty who needs to produce up top but he is a big 3/1 price in the anytime goalscorer market which shows how much of a hard time they are expected to have in putting the ball in the back of the net. Under 2.5 goals in Czech Republic v Northern Ireland betting is running at a price of 8/15. Northern Ireland did after all, fail to score in three of their four games at Euro 2016 and the Czech’s didn’t win any of their group stage games there.
Actually the Czech’s are on a four match winless streak at the moment D1 L3 and need to shake things up. They were on the ball in Euro 2016 qualifying though when they put together a W7 D1 L2 record on their way to opening their group ahead of Iceland, Turkey and the Netherlands. So they were decent there but they can be a notoriously difficult side to well, side with because of inconsistencies. They have lost to the likes of Turkey and South Korea while they have beaten the Netherlands and Russia this year for example.
So they can be hit and miss and if Northern Ireland can catch them in on one of their off days, they could challenge for a point this one. It’s hard to see the Irish going out and landing maximum points in this one and the Czech’s are definitely the more likely to win the thing and have good options in the anytime goalscorer market with Thomas Mecid at 8/5 and Milan Skoda and Vaclav Kadlec at 2/1 to each net. Can the dogged defence of Northern Ireland repel them?
Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland Odds
Czech Republic 8/11, Draw 13/5, Northern Ireland 15/4
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Czech Republic vs Northern Ireland Betting Tips
This could be a tight affair, because we know that Northern Ireland can dig in and defend. But is appears that they most that they can get out of this one is going to be a point, because this is no easy game for them, especially in the bigger context of qualifying from this group. You would expect a low scoring game and a Czech Republic 1-0 correct score has to have some appeal at the end of the day.