Netherlands vs Czech Republic Euro 2020 Prediction, Odds, Betting Tips

Netherlands vs Czech Republic

  • The Netherlands amassed maximum points in the group phase
  • Czech Republic won just one of three games and finished third in Group D
  • The Dutch should have too much in attack for the Czechs on Sunday

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Match Result and Both Teams to Score Odds
Netherlands/Yes +240
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Tie/Yes +360
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Czech Republic/Yes +750
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Netherlands vs Czech Republic Pick

Our Pick

The Netherlands breezed through the group phase with a minimum of fuss, and their performances were generally of a higher standard than many had been anticipating. Question marks over the defense remain, however, so back a Dutch win and both teams to score at +240.

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How to Watch Netherlands vs Czech Republic

Netherlands vs Czech Republic Information
Teams Netherlands vs Czech Republic
Location Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary
Time Sunday, 27 June 2021, 12.00 PM EDT
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De Boer’s System Brings Results as Dutch Coast in Group C

Optimism was in short supply in the Netherlands before Euro 2020 got under way. The Dutch missed out on Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, and there was a desperation to make up for lost time this summer. Yet while the postponement of the competition by 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic helped some teams, it harmed Holland.

First, Ronald Koeman departed as manager to take charge at Barcelona. In his place came Frank de Boer, a head coach whose track record could be described as mixed at best. Then, Virgil van Dijk – perhaps the world’s best central defender – tore his anterior cruciate ligament in September. He was not officially ruled out of Euro 2020 until the spring, but that injury in the fall meant his participation in the pan-continental competition was always highly unlikely.

De Boer, a former Netherlands international, won four Eredivisie titles as Ajax boss but failed at Inter Milan and Crystal Palace. Immediately prior to his return to the Netherlands, he did not set the world alight at Atlanta United in MLS. His preference for a 3-5-2 formation was criticized by Dutch fans and players alike. The 4-3-3 has deep roots in the Netherlands, and any deviation from it is always likely to attract scrutiny.

Yet the system worked well in the group phase, where the Netherlands were one of only three teams to reach nine points. Victories over Ukraine (3-2), Austria (2-0) and North Macedonia (3-0) were all deserved, as De Boer’s side scored more goals than any other team in the tournament.

Patrick van Aanholt and Denzel Dumfries are better suited to playing as wing-backs than full-backs, and Memphis Depay excels when deployed up top alongside another striker – two things that would not be possible in a 4-3-3. This is not a vintage Netherlands team, but De Boer’s controversial configuration has brought results up to now.

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Czech Republic Did Not Set the Group Stage Alight

Czech Republic are one of those sides who have benefitted from the expansion of the European Championship to 24 teams. In this format, they were able to finish third and advance to the knockout stage; a return of four points is almost always sufficient for progression in the present structure. Having won just one of their three games in Group D, the Czechs are clear underdogs for this round of 16 tie in Budapest.

Czech Republic got their campaign off to an ideal start with a 2-0 victory over Scotland. Patrik Schick was the star of the show at Hampden Park, scoring both of his side’s goals (one of them a stunning strike from 55 yards). But Scotland actually created better chances on the day, and more accurate finishing from the de facto home team could easily have left Czech Republic with just a point.

Jaroslav Silhavy’s side then held Croatia to a 1-1 draw, before succumbing to a 1-0 defeat by England in their final game. They are a reasonably solid side with plenty of physical strength, and they can be difficult to play through. The Czechs are a threat from set-pieces – not least via the head of the 6ft 4in midfielder Tomas Soucek – and are well organized without the ball.

The Netherlands’ Sharp Attack Could Overwhelm the Czechs

Yet they did not exactly set the group stage alight in an attacking sense. One of their goals against Scotland was a wonder strike from distance, the type of event that is not really repeatable. They were fortunate to be given a penalty against Croatia, and did not score against England. Across their three group games Czech Republic registered an xG of 1.78 – only the 15th-best tally in the tournament.

At the same time, the Netherlands’ backline does not always inspire confidence. While the 3-5-2 formation has worked going forward, De Boer’s side have at times looked vulnerable in defense. A loss of focus resulted in Ukraine scoring two quick-fire goals against them. With Schick in form and odds of +240 available, there is enough to suggest Czech Republic are capable of finding the net here.

However, the Czechs could struggle to deal with the Dutch attack. Depay has been excellent so far, with Wout Weghorst’s more static presence allowing the soon-to-be Barcelona forward to buzz around the frontline with intent. Dumfries was perhaps the breakout star of the group phase, while Georginio Wijnaldum has shone in an advanced midfield role.

This Netherlands team has the potential to overwhelm opposition defenses, and Czech Republic could struggle to deal with sustained speed and movement, and snappy interplay. Back the Netherlands to win and both teams to score in this one.

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Greg Lea

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Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts.



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