Czech Republic Euro Cup Betting Predictions – Czechs Could Be A Solid Pick To Win Their Group
Online betting sharps have to be realistic about a team’s chances heading into any major tournament, and if you’re going to wager on the Czech Republic when the European Championship kicks off in June, their odds to win their group are much more attractive (and attainable) than to win the entire tournament. However, this is an intriguing team that you should keep an eye on this summer.
Manager: Michal Bilek (since October 2009)
Best Euro Finish: Second place, 1996
Soccer Betting Odds: +350 to win Group A, +5000 to win Euro 2012
The Czechs shared a group with Spain, and it isn’t fair to compare this team to the defending Euro and World Cup champions, but Spain scored 26 goals in eight games; the Czechs scored 12 in the same amount. Defender Michal Kadlec led the team in 2011 with four goals in seven games, and while it’s always good to get goals from your defense, it’s not always good when they lead the team. Jan Rezek scored twice in four games in 2011, and the Czechs may need him to keep it up if they can’t get goals from Milan Baros, who scored once in five games last year and even though it seems like he has been around forever with 87 national appearances (scoring 40 goals), he is still only 30 years old.
But the key to it all could be captain Tomas Rosicky, whose job is to create for the rest of his teammates and he has actually picked up his play later in the season with his club, Arsenal. Rosicky is a very talented player with 20 goals in 85 appearances, but he has been hurt a lot over the last couple years and that sapped some of his confidence; if Rosicky comes into Euro 2012 with a full head of steam, it can only help the Czechs.
This group will be the focus of the Czechs’ soccer betting chances in Poland and the Ukraine this summer, and it is powered by the experience of keeper Petr Cech, who is still one of the top shot-stoppers in the world and even though he has had some shaky moments at Chelsea this season, Cech usually comes up big for his national team. Kadlec and Tomas Sivok are their most experienced defenders and Sivok even added a goal to go with Kadlec’s four, so the Czechs could be a problem from set pieces for the opposition.
Sivok can also slot in as the holding midfielder when he isn’t patrolling the heart of the defense with Roman Hubnik, and these two are going to play a huge part in clearing the box out for Cech. However, the Czechs will also need a solid tournament from whoever manager Michal Bilek decides to put in front of the back four; it’ll likely be Petr Jiracek, who scored the match winner in their playoff game against Montenegro.
After a slow start, the Czech side has started to come together under Bilek, who had 11 goals in 32 appearances for the old Czechoslovakian team and none in three games after the split. He has a relatively young team and even Rosicky is only 31; as was stated before, Baros is 30, while Cech is 29, and Sivok, at 28, is the oldest defender in the side. Experience could be an issue, but the Czechs have it in the right places and the group that was the question mark heading into the qualification, the defense, has actually been the best on the team.
The Czechs were also a bit lucky to land in a group with Russia, Poland and Greece, all teams that they can beat, and that should perk up their spirits as they prepare for the European Championship.
How It Will Play Out
Soccer betting odds have the Czechs at +350 to come out on top in Group A, and +5000 to win the tournament, which shouldn’t be an option at this time. Right now, the Czechs just have to aim to get to the knockout stage and as was said before, they have a good chance with the group that they’re in. They just need to get a few more goals from their strikers and they could be a challenger, but right now, don’t risk your money betting on their chances to win the tournament; you could definitely take a chance on the Czech Republic’s group-winning 2012 Euro Cup betting odds.