Czech Republic vs Moldova
Czech Republic vs Moldova
Kick-Off at 20:45 (GMT+1)
On Monday evening, Czech Republic and Moldova clash in a decisive face-off for Euro 2024 qualification, a match where victory secures it all.
In Group E, only two points separate the second and fourth-placed teams, with the home side needing just a point while the visitors aim for a full three.
Initially anticipating a smooth journey through this group, Czech Republic faced setbacks, with three draws overshadowing their lone defeat against Albania in seven games. Securing a spot in their eighth consecutive European Championship demands more effort.
Their victories have mostly come against lesser teams like the Faroe Islands, emphasizing a dip in quality for Jaroslav Silhavy’s squad. However, a recent comeback to secure a 1-1 draw in Poland positioned them as favorites to clinch a spot in the 24-team tournament.
Moldova faces a similar high-stakes scenario without a safety net of a playoff spot. Against all odds, they’ve emerged, finishing behind Latvia in the last UEFA Nations League but amassing eight points in four fixtures during this qualifying campaign.
Despite being the underdogs, Moldova’s triumph over Poland and subsequent draws against the same opponents and Albania have propelled them into contention. Their resilience, notably shown by Vladislav Baboglo’s late equalizer against Albania, hints at their potential to cause an upset in Olomouc.
While securing a goalless draw against Czech Republic in March on home ground, Moldova now needs a victory to qualify for a major tournament for the first time, setting the stage for a pivotal showdown.
Silhavy made halftime substitutions, replacing forward duo Mojmir Chytil and Jan Kuchta against Poland. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them start on the Czech Republic substitute’s bench. Tomas Cvancara and Adam Hlozek were brought in, potentially the sole changes to the starting lineup.
Should Silhavy seek midfield alternatives, Alex Kral stands ready to inject fresh energy into the engine room.
Moldova might undergo at least one forced change, with Ioan-Calin Revenco withdrawn due to injury against Albania. Maxim Cojocaru replaced him and could fill in at right wing-back if needed.
Unless there are further fitness concerns, Clescenco may opt to stick with the remaining lineup from the previous fixture.
- Goalkeeper: Stanek
- Defenders: Zima, Brabec, Holes
- Wing-backs: Coufal, Sadliek
- Midfielders: Soucek, Doudera, Provod
- Forwards: Cvancara, Hlozek
- Goalkeeper: Railean
- Defenders: Posmac, Baboglo, Craciun
- Wing-backs: Cojocaru, Rata, Motpan, Reabciuk
- Forwards: Caimacov, Nicolaescu, Postolachi
*All odds correct at time of writing