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Croats and Czechs Play Third Ever Match

Despite their close proximity, Czech Republic and Croatia have only played two matches against each other – ever. Croatia won both those meetings and will be the favorites to do the same in their Friday matchup against the Czechs.

SHARK BITES
  • The Czechs have gotten only 1 win in their last 5 matches.
  • Croatia is 4-0-1 in their last 5 matches.
  • The total has gone OVER 2 in 8 of Czech Republic’s last 10 games.

Czech Republic came out of the objectively weird Group A in qualifying, which saw the 2014 World Cup bronze medalist Netherlands team eliminated from Euro contention. The Czechs finished first in their group ahead of Iceland and Turkey with a 7-2-1 record but were dominated in a 1-0 loss to Spain in their first match of group play.

The Croats are a talented bunch that were able to squeak out a 1-0 victory over Turkey in their first match. They outshot the Turks 19-9 and just missed several chances to extend their lead. Look for Mario Manžukić to get his first goal of the tournament against a Czech defense that is susceptible to goals.

Online sportsbook Bovada has Croatia favored with a moneyline of -125 and has the Czech Republic as the +370 underdog. If you’re looking for some value, it may be in a future bet for Croatia to win their group. They are laying +185 odds right now to finish on top of Group D.   

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