Czechs managed to revert Bulgaria and get a 2:1 victory, which was an important step to improve the morale and chances of qualifying further after a 5:0 demolition in England in March.
The team didn’t actually meet up my complete expectations in this one, as the Bulgarians did give them quite a hard time for most of the phases. Victory here remains an objective and only target in the qualifying fight.
The home side has no fresh absentees, not opting for defender Gebre Selassie (54/3, Werder), midfielders Darida (55/4, Hertha), Dockal (39/6, Sparta Prague), Zhmhal (13/1, Slavia Prague), forward Skoda (19/4) comparing to the previous call-up in March.
Montenegro had a 1:1 draw against Kosovo, in a game where they managed to up the performance a bit in the second halftime and pull out that point.
The form is in obvious decline for them, while the atmosphere can’t be sky high now, with the coach being removed and two influential players refusing to play the game against Kosovo for non-sporting reasons. Interim coaches that took over the charge, are surely not up to the task for the European scene.
The visitors miss now defenders Stojkovic (15/0, Crvena zvezda), Savic (51/5), Atletico Madrid), midfielder Ivanic (15/1, Crvena zvezda), all being called up for this qualifying cycle and leaving a quality gap now.
Even though they didn’t completely me impressed in the previous game, I’m willing to go with the Czechs again. This time it’s even more confident and against the visiting team as well.
One goal difference is a minimum here really, while I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Montenegrins suffering a catastrophe.
Tvmoca propose : Czech Republic (-1 AH)