Free Euro 2016 Pick: Czech Republic vs Croatia Odds
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Czech Republic vs. Croatia
Date: Friday June 17, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint Etienne, France
Euro 2016 Moneyline Odds: Croatia -120, Czech Republic +360, Draw +245
Euro 2016 Spread Betting Odds: Croatia -1/2 (-120), Czech Republic +1/2 (-110)
Euro 2016 Betting Total: 2.5
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I know Croatia does not immediately come to mind when you think of soccer powers but they are in everyone’s top ten for this tournament and took care of business by beating Turkey in their opener. The Czech are in the bottom third of teams in the tournament and played to form in falling to Spain in their opening match. There is not expected to be much drama in Group D.
There is a high level of expectation for this group as many believe it is the best generation of footballers for Croatia. They are definitely a top squad and among the sleepers in the tournament.
Their talent level is good but they also have enough star power in the form of Luka Modric and Mari Mandzukic. Both are well prepared having played for the top clubs Real Madris and Juventus respectively.
Modric looks in fine form getting the lone goal in their win over Turkey. It was not a dominant performance though as they did not lead in possession. This will be a tougher but manageable test.
When the World Cup was in France in 1998 this surprise group finished third. With the tournament bringing them back to France they are targeting that result as a benchmark. It is within their grasp which means taking care of business against the Czechs
With the Czechs being a solid, well respected squad this is one of the toughest groups in the Euro this year. They just might be the toughest third place side in the field and there best chance to flip expectations is in this game.
It might have been a 1-0 final but the Czechs were chasing the ball all game against Spain. They only had the ball about one third of the time so being down a goal less than 20 minutes in felt like a much bigger hill to climb.
Coming into the tournament it had been 19 games since they held and opponent scoreless. The match against Spain makes it 20. The question is whether they can get some goals of their own because they are going to allow something.
It is going to be hard for the Czech to match Croatia in terms of talent but they are going to be on the attack, looking for that first goal. That leaves them a open at the back end sometimes where they probably rely on experience goalkeeper Petr Cech too much.
Free Czech Republic vs. Croatia Euro 2016 Prediction:
I think you have to like Croatia in this one. There is no doubt they are the more talented squad and there is some pressure off because they already have a victory in the group stage. They can come back too if necessary.
The Czechs were probably never going to beat Spain and might have been gearing up for this one from the beginning. I think they will finally get on the scoreboard but might struggle against the Croatia counterattack.
4* Free Euro 2016 Betting Pick: Croatia -120
You can tell from the odds that Croatia is a significant favourite. You would love a better payoff but I think they are the side to go with in this one.
Their sleeper status will disappear but at least the Czechs will score in this one. If you like to go with non traditional wagers you might want to look at what the odds are for both teams scoring. That happens most of the time.
Euro 2016 Free Score Prediction: Croatia 2 – Czech Republic 1
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