Spain and the Czechs will meet on Monday in what will more than likely be a one-sided affair. The Spanish enter this year’s European Championships among the favorites to walk home with the tournament’s top prize, while Czech Republic will be lucky to make it out of their group.
Just by looking at the warmup fixtures for both of these sides, Spain sticks out as the stronger, more potent squad. Having defeated a formidable South Korea side by a scoreline of 6-1, Spain is making it plainly clear that they are here to win.
The Czechs, on the other hand, had a tough time netting many goals at all, and apart from a resounding win over lowly Malta, they have not done much to write home about.
Match Analysis for Spain/Czech Republic
Staring off in the offensive 3rd of the pitch, Spain is clearly the stronger of the two teams, however the Czechs have some firepower of their own. Still, when it comes down to it, I think the Spanish attack will be too fast-paced for the Czech defense, and I expect to see Spanish attackers in on net more often than not.
The Czechs, on the other hand, will need to rely on flawless linkup play and expert finishing to beat this Spanish defense and goalkeeper, and I think that is flat-out asking too much.
We won’t dwell long on the middle 3rd of the pitch, because Spain are arguably the strongest team in the tournament when it comes to the midfield. Czech Republic really don’t match up well against Spain here, and I expect that to be made plainly obvious right from the opening whistle.
The Czech Republic, as a larger, rougher defense, will like to assert their dominance in the defensive 3rd. With that said, however, the Czechs really lack the speed to keep up with the Spanish attack, and I think this will be their undoing on Monday.
Picks.org Final Prediction
Spain sit at -210 on the moneyline, and though it may not look like it, this is great value. Czech Republic are massive underdogs at +650, and it is easy to see why. The Czechs are outmatched at just about every position on the pitch and are slower and less create to boot. When it comes down to it, the Czechs are going to be struggling to keep their respective heads above water throughout the entirety of the 90 minute match.