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Written By Jacobs Dunga

Czech Republic, 1976 champions as Czechoslovakia and runners up in 1996, as Czech Republic, go up against Turkey, 2008 semi finalists, for a place in the knockout rounds. Both teams still retain the chance to make the second round depending on the outcome of their Wednesday matchup.


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Czech Republic 

Since becoming Czech Republic, this team have qualified for every Euros tournament. They have alternated between reaching the knockouts and first round elimination. With their last tournament ending in the quarter finals, superstition points towards another group stage finish. With just one point earned after two games, that trend could just exist for yet another four years.

Turkey

Turkey are primed to go through unless something dramatic happens in this group. With three points already, the Crescent Stars are just one point away from the round of 16. Following back to back group stage exits, Vicenzo Montella would fancy changing that tide by leading his side to the knockouts since their semi final finish in 2008. 

Head To Head

History (especially recent) Favour’s Vicenzo Montella’s side, they have won the last three meetings between these two sides, that includes victory in the qualifiers and tournament proper of Euro 2016. Czech Republic had won the last two before Turkey’s triple win, however, the Crescent Stars have the overall edge with five wins to three.

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Key Players

Czech Republic haven’t been particularly impressive in this tournament, however, Patrik Schick got on the scoresheet last time out which is a positive for the qualification chasing side. The Bayer Leverkusen striker should be taken seriously given he’s used to showing up when it matters mostly as evident by the sort of season he had at club level.

Arda Guler, Kenan Yildiz and Hakan Calhanoglu, Montella has got a few shining stars to depend on in his team. Guler already announced himself in the opening game with Yildiz also announcing himself. Both teenagers should be watched closely as they would have their guns blazing.

Verdict

Going by pedigree, both teams stand an equal chance in this game, with forgettable performances on match day two, a draw is the most likely outcome in this match as predicted by our experts.

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