The Netherlands and the Czech Republic go toe-to-toe at the Puskas Arena in Budapest in the last 16 of Euro 2020 on Sunday. The Dutch will start as the clear favourites in the betting, but the Czechs are certainly in with a chance.
Where and when: Puskas Arena – 27 June, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Netherlands vs. Czech Republic: ITV
Last time: These countries haven’t met since qualifying for the last Euros. The Czech Republic beat Holland home and away, winning 2-1 at home before a 3-2 victory in the return.
Netherlands v Czech Republic Predictions and Preview
The Netherlands have looked in good nick so far during the Euros, winning all three of their matches to top Group C. The Czech Republic are in the last 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams, having amassed four points in the group stage.
On the team selection front, Holland have got doubts over back-up striker Luuk de Jong, who is struggling with a knee injury coming into this game. The Czechs will be without Jan Boril for this key clash, after the left-back picked up his second booking of the tournament against England.
That won’t change who the favourites are for this game, in spite of the Czech Republic’s back-to-back victories over Holland the last time their paths crossed. The Netherlands have performed well so far this summer, showing plenty of spirit to beat Ukraine 3-2 before more comfortable 2-0 and 3-0 victories over Austria and North Macedonia respectively.
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The Czechs, meanwhile, started with a 2-0 victory over Scotland, before drawing 1-1 with Croatia and losing 1-0 to England. Jaroslav Silhavy’s side may be unfancied here, but in Patrik Schick they have an in-form goalscorer who managed to find the back of the net three times during the group stage.
Without him and the impressive West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek, their price would be much longer than the 47/10 you can get in these Netherlands v Czech Republic predictions. The Dutch are the 7/10 favourites with William Hill, while you can back the draw after 90 minutes at 3/1.
Holland will expect to get the job done inside normal time, with the Oranje boasting talent such as Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum and Frenkie de Jong among their ranks. If you want to cover the game going to extra-time and potentially penalties, you can back Holland at 3/8 to qualify for the next round, with the Czech Republic 11/4 for the same bet.
One to watch for Netherlands: Memphis Depay has looked sharp in Holland’s first three matches, netting two goals and registering three assists in the group stage. Both of his goals were to break the deadlock, with the Barcelona-bound forward the 4/1 favourite to repeat the trick here in the first scorer market.
One to watch for Czech Republic: Patrik Schick is 17/2 to add to his haul by opening the scoring on Sunday. You may prefer to back the Bayer Leverkusen striker in the anytime market, where he’s available at 13/4, as he attempts to add to his tally of 14 goals in 29 international appearances so far for the Czech Republic.
Long shot: Holland have kept two clean sheets in their last two games at the Euros, while the Czech Republic failed to score against England in their last game. The Oranje beat the Czechs 2-0 home and away in qualification for the 2006 World Cup, their most recent meetings prior to qualifying for Euro 2016. You can back Frank de Boer’s side to win 2-0 at 15/2 in these Netherlands v Czech Republic predictions, with those odds rising to 41/1 if you add Depay as the first scorer.