Croatia will be looking to bounce back from their first Euro 2020 defeat to England when they will take on the Czech Republic at Hampden Park on Friday in Group D. After cruising to a 2-0 victory over Scotland in their first match Jaroslav Silhavy’s team has rapidly gone to the top of the group. Here is our expert guess on Croatia vs Czech Republic prediction and lineup for Euro 2020 Group D match.
Croatia lineup: Livakovic; Vrsaljko, Vida, Caleta-Car, Gvardiol; Modric, Kovacic; Brekalo, Vlasic, Perisic; Petkovic
Croatia’s offense against England was toothless, and that needs to alter immediately. Bruno Petkovic is a possible line leader.
Nikola Vlasic generally replaces Mateo Kovacic but he was perhaps Croatia’s finest midfielder against England.
Borna Barisic is expected to be available here although he missed the match against England due to injury.
Czech Republic lineup: Vaclik; Coufal, Kalas, Celustka, Boril; Soucek, Kral; Masopust, Darida, Jankto; Schick
Patrik Schick was the hero of the show, scoring a fantastic brace that included a candidate for goal of the tournament to secure three points.
The Czech Republic had a flawless start to its Euro 2020 campaign and sees no need to change.
In Euro 2020 opening game Croatia lost 1-0 to England and was particularly unimpressive on the offensive side.
Czech Republic shocked England on Monday night with a 2-0 victory on their home turf. Few expected them to finish in the top two in Group D, but they may surprise everyone.
Croatia has plenty of options up top as Dalic looks to get his frontmen going as soon as possible, and it would be surprising if the Chequered Ones didn’t score at the second time of asking.
Scotland had their moments against the Czech Republic, and while we believe the momentum is with Silhavy’s team, we believe Croatia will do enough to get a draw – a result that would be far more favorable to the Czechs.
Our Prediction: Croatia 1-1 Czech Republic