The journey to the 2022 World Cup has already begun, and both Czech Republic and Belgium started on the right foot. Next Saturday, Czech Republic will play host to Belgium with the Group E top spot at stake.
Let’s take a look at the latest team and player news, stats, injury reports and sports betting odds for Czech Republic vs Belgium while making some predictions.
Game: Czech Republic vs Belgium
Location: Eden Arena, Prague
Time: Saturday, March 27, 3:45pm ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
Europe 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Lines
Head to Head
- Competitive Matches: 7
- Czech Republic Victories: 3 (8 goals)
- Belgium Victories: 3 (6 goals)
- Draws: 1
Czech Republic and Belgium haven’t met since 2017 (friendly match). Back then, Belgium won 2-1 with goals from Michy Batshuayi and Marouane Fellaini, while Michael Krmencik scored for Czech Republic.
Regarding World Cup qualifiers, Czech Republic and Belgium have met twice (2001), and Belgium won both games 1-0.
The last time Czech Republic played host to Belgium, the home side won 3-1, but that was back in 2009.
In seven matchups, both teams have finished with a clean sheet twice, and they have drawn just once (1-1 in a friendly match back in 2001).
Moneyline: Czech Republic +433 | Belgium -161
Why bet on Czech Republic?
Czech Republic crushed Estonia 6-2 in their first 2022 World Cup qualifiers match last Wednesday. Thomas Soucek was the star thanks to a hat trick, while Patrik Schick, Antonin Barak and Jakub Jankto scored one goal each.
Thanks to that result, Czech Republic currently commands Group E; they’re followed by Belgium. Belarus and Wales are also in Group E.
Czech Republic have won their last three games in a row, including two clean sheets against Slovakia and Israel. They’ve lost four of their last 10 matches and failed to score in just three.
The Czech team has been very hard to beat at home; they’ve won seven of their last 10 games at home, and the total has gone over 2½ goals in 11 of their last 14 matches at Eden Arena. Czech Republic scored at least one goal in their last 16 home games (all competitions).
Jaroslav Silhavy has been the manager since 2018, and his main goal is to lead Czech Republic to the World Cup for the first time since 2006.
Why Bet on Belgium?
As expected, Belgium also won their first 2022 World Cup qualifiers match against Wales. They won 3-1 with goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Thorgan Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, while Harry Wilson scored for Wales.
Their squad is very talented, also including Thibaut Courtois, Thomas Vermaelen, Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens. Eden Hazard couldn’t play due to injury, but they didn’t miss him at all.
Roberto Martinez has been the manager since 2016. They finished the 2018 World Cup in third place, but that’s not good enough when you have a team this talented.
Belgium have won their last four games in a row, scoring at least two goals per game. They have finished with a clean sheet in just three of their last 10 games (all competitions). With Courtois on board that number should be higher, right?
They’ve lost just once in their last 19 matches (2-0 against England), and the total has gone over 2½ goals in seven of their last 10 games. Also, they’ve won their last 10 away games regarding the World Cup qualifiers.
Discarded Players and Projected Line-ups
As we already mentioned, Eden Hazard is the biggest injury casualty here, but other than that, both teams will have their best players available.
Czech Republic’s expected lineup is Jiri Pavlenka, Pavel Kaderabek, Ondrej Kudela, Ondrej Celustka, Jan Boril, Lukas Provod, Vladimir Darida, Tomas Soucek, Jakub Jankto, Antonin Barak and Patrik Schick.
Belgium’s expected lineup is Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Meunier, Youri Tielemans, Leander Dendoncker, Thorgan Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku.
Over/Under: 2½ goals
Four of Belgium’s last five games went over 2½ goals, while Czech Republic comes from an eight goals (total) game. Both teams have to be aggressive here, because at the end of the road, the total scored goals could be the difference between playing the 2022 World Cup or watching it on TV.
Two of the last five games between Czech Republic and Belgium went over 2½ goals.
Pick: Over 2½ goals
Final Score Prediction: Czech Republic 2 – Belgium 2
Czech Republic vs Belgium Props
At BetUS, you can also predict the correct score and the half time-full time winners. Czech Republic won two of the last three games against Belgium, but those were two very different teams.
In seven previous matchups between Czech Republic and Belgium, they’ve been drawn 0-0 at half time only twice.
Here’s a quick rundown of Czech Republic vs Belgium latest results (all competitions):
- Belgium 2 – Czech Republic 1 (1-1 at half time)
- Czech Republic 3 – Belgium 1 (2-1 at half time)
- Belgium 0 – Czech Republic 2 (0-1 at half time)
- Czech Republic 0 – Belgium 1 (0-0 at half time)
- Belgium 1 – Czech Republic 0 (1-0 at half time)
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