Kosovo vs Czech Republic, UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying – Preview, Prediction, h2h, Team Squads, and Live Stream
Kosovo is confronting their first stern test in this edition of the UEFA European 2020 Qualifiers, as they get ready to have the Czech Republic this end of the week.
Kosovo, contending in just their second consistently qualifying campaign, have made an enormous improvement – yet are backed to lose against the Czech Republic on Saturday.
The Balkan state have just been FIFA individuals since 2016 and in their debut endeavor to arrive at a major tournament, a year ago’s World Cup, they gathered just one point from a conceivable 30. Presently, be that as it may, they are as of now much more of a force.
The quality of the Kosovo squad has ascended with certain players exchanging over from their adoptive nations and after an effective UEFA Nations League campaign in which they secured a Euro 2020 play-off place, they are presently threatening to arrive starting at the right.
Undefeated in their first three games, the team nicknamed the Dardanians have drawn away to Montenegro and gathered four points out of six against Bulgaria, putting them right in the mix with England and the Czech Republic for the exceedingly significant-top two places in Group A.
The Czechs, in the interim, lost intensely to England at Wembley however have beaten Bulgaria and Montenegro and they are a team that tends to blow hot and cold as they have gone 20 matches without a draw.
Looking at the quality of the two squads, the Czechs seem to have the more prominent quality in-depth and they may simply be too good for Kosovo.
So far they have lined up thrice in the process to get a ticket to the main event. Also, in the process have taken heads-on Bulgaria twice, and Montenegro once. While they won once against Bulgaria, the other two ties finished in draws. This placed them third in the table, which has two qualification spots.
The team was incorporated into League B of the recently-concluded UEFA Nations League and was pitted alongside the likes of Azerbaijan, Malta and Faroe Islands – all minnows. They picked up promotion to the upper-division and likely have developed some store of certainty.
Czech, in the meantime, started their Nations League campaign in the second League – B and managed to complete second in the group behind Ukraine. While they failed in their quest for promotion, the way that they were only three points away from securing it is no mean accomplishment.
Going to the Euros, they are set second here as well, simply behind potential champions of the table, and current toppers England. Additionally, the squad’s sole misfortune had come against this adversary and won both of their other two fixtures.
Considering that the other two members in the table – Bulgaria, and Montenegro don’t have much chance of settling in the top-two spots, this match-up has a lot of possibilities to determine who ends up in the runner-up position.
Kosovo vs Czech Republic Match Details and Live Stream
Date: Saturday, 7 September 2019
Time: 14:00 BST
Venue: Fadil Vokrri Stadium (Pristina)
TV Channel/Live Stream: ESPN3, FuboTV (for free trial)
Kosovo vs Czech Republic Head-to-head (h2h)
These two teams are yet to secure horns in the 21st century.
Kosovo vs Czech Republic Team Squads
Goalkeepers: Samir Ujkani, Arijanet Muric, Visar Bekaj
Defenders: Florent Hadergjonaj, Arbenit Xhemajli, Fidan Aliti, Ibrahim Dresevic, Amir Rrahmani, Mergim Vojvoda, Leart Paqarada, Mirlind Kryeziu
Midfielders: Idriz Voca, Herolind Shala, Hekuran Kryeziu, Anel Rashkaj, Milot Rashica, Florent Hasani, Besar Halim, Bersant Celina, Arber Zeneli, Florent Muslija, Valon Berisha, Benjamin Kololli, Vedat Muriqi, Edon Zhegrova
Forwards: Elbasan Rashani, Lirim Kastrati, Atdhe Nuhiu, Shkelqim Demhasaj, Bernard Berisha
Czech Republic Squad
Goalkeepers: Tomáš Vaclík, Tomáš Koubek, Ondřej Kolář, Jiří Pavlenka
Defenders: Pavel Kadeřábek, Ondřej Čelůstka, Jakub Brabec, Theodor Gebre Selassie, Vladimír Coufal, Stefan Simič, Tomáš Kalas, Martin Frýdek, Marek Suchý, Jan Bořil, Ondřej Kúdela, Filip Novák
Midfielders: Ladislav Krejčí, Jaromír Zmrhal, Michal Sadílek, Vladimír Darida, Bořek Dočkal, Lukáš Kalvach, Josef Hušbauer, David Pavelka, Lukáš Masopust, Jan Kopic, Jakub Jankto, Tomáš Souček, Alex Král
Forwards: Libor Kozák, Michael Krmenčík, Patrik Schick, Martin Doležal, Matěj Vydra, Milan Škoda
Kosovo vs Czech Republic Prediction
The pole position is somewhat held for England in the table, and accordingly, the race for the second and final qualification spot will come down to the wire between these two groups. In that respects, anticipate a fierce contest this Saturday.
The upper hand goes to the visitors in spite of the away handicap. They were incorporated into the second grade of European teams for the debut Nations League. In the meantime, their contrary number was placed in the bottom-most section.
Besides, Kosovo has so far taken on the weakest of the lot in the Qualifiers, and still couldn’t break into the top two places, while Czech opened against England, and regardless of a substantial defeat in that fixture, despite everything they managed to take a hold of the spot just underneath the toppers.
All things considered, rely on a flexible performance from Czech this Saturday to prolong their stay in the second position.