Scotland – Czech Republic: Date, TV broadcast & bookmaker forecast at a glance
The European Championship 2021 starts in just a few weeks, and the anticipation is so great among us betting fans that we already want to provide an insight into what football fans can expect in the exciting Group D match between Scotland and the Czech Republic.
Readers can look forward to lots of exciting information about the European Championship group matches. From questions about the permitted number of European Championship spectators to the dates of the TV broadcasts, we will cover everything adequately.
Furthermore, we will give you a first impression of what the bookmakers are expecting for the outcome of this match between the Bravehearts and the Czechs at this point in time.
When will Scotland – Czech Republic take place?
The clash between Scotland and the Czech Republic will take place directly after the first group match between England and Croatia, thus concluding the first matchday of Group D. The match will kick off on 14 June.
Kick-off will be at Hampden Park in Glasgow at 21:00 sharp on 14/06/2021.
Who will broadcast the match live on TV?
The broad mass of football fans and those who would like to become one can breathe a sigh of relief – the European Championship will be broadcast almost exclusively by the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF.
The emphasis is on “almost”, because of the total of 51 games of this year’s European Championship, the rights of 10 of these games were ceded to the pay-TV channel MagentaTV within the framework of a sub-licence – with the exception of the games of the German national team. The match between Scotland and the Czech Republic is one of the games that will not be broadcast on German free TV!
In Switzerland, on the other hand, all matches can be followed via public channels. SRG is taking on the task of bringing the European Championship to the Swiss in their living rooms.
The picture is the same for the Austrians – here, it is the free TV channel ORF that will be showing the entire European Championship 2021 live on their screens.
Scotland – Czech Republic: Where will it be played?
From the Scots’ point of view, the match between Scotland and the Czech Republic will take place at their home Hampden Park, which has a total capacity of 51,866 spectators for football matches.
The “Bravehearts” can therefore justifiably look forward to a home game in Glasgow. The highlight of Hampden Park’s stadium history to date is still the legendary Champions League final in 2002.
Many still remember the magical moment when Zinedine Zidane plucked a ball out of the air during the final between Real Madrid and Leverkusen and converted it into a magnificent volley that went around the world.
Tickets & Spectators: At least 25% occupancy rate
Football fans may have to reckon with restrictions for security reasons at the upcoming European Championship, but we will fortunately be spared the sad sight of empty spectator stands.
Those who plan to get a ticket for this exciting duel will have to hurry. Hampden Park is not one of the biggest stadiums anyway, which is why the current restriction of a capacity limit of 25-33% will limit the number of spectators to about 13,000.
However, this figure is not set in stone, because the value is subject to various fluctuations until the start of the match and could still deviate a little in either direction until shortly before the start of the match.
Scotland: Back for the first time in 24 years
The absolute showpiece for the whole of Great Britain will take place on the second matchday when the Scots prepare to face the “Auld Enemy” England at the legendary Wembley – from a dramaturgical point of view, a more exciting scenario cannot be imagined.
But the Bravehearts had to really shiver their way to the European Championship – and in the most dramatic way the inventors of football have come up with since 1976: the penalty shoot-out.
Scotland had to go into the play-offs as the group runners-up, where they first beat Israel and then Serbia in both finals on penalties.
The Czechs as the favourites?
The Czech Republic’s golden generation under the leadership of former world footballer Pavel Nedvěd may have been a good ten years ago, but something is brewing among the Eastern Europeans.
The big names are no longer there, but a 1-1 draw in World Cup qualifying against world number one Belgium has recently caused a stir.
Meanwhile, the road to the 2021 European Championship went without major incident. In the end, it should be 2nd place behind the English, who will also be met in the group stage this time.
However, England’s role as favourites in this group is certainly not unchallenged, especially as the Three Lions lost 2-1 to the Czechs in the group stage in beautiful Prague.
Direct comparison Scotland – Czech Republic
There are few European Championship matches in which we have such fresh results from direct duels as in the Scotland vs Czech Republic match.
The reason for this is that both teams were in the same Nations League Group B just six months ago, but the Eastern Europeans have since been promoted from that group.
While the Bravehearts were unable to avoid the Czechs’ promotion, they were the Eastern Europeans’ absolute fearsome opponents, losing to them in both group games.
Indeed, the Scots were victorious back in September 2020 with a 2-1 win in Prague and repeated their triumph just a few months later in front of their home crowd (at Hampden Park) – this time with a 1-0 win.
EM betting: Scotland vs Czech Republic prediction
Despite the Scots’ recent 1-0 win over the Czech Republic at Hampden Park, the Eastern Europeans go into the match as slight favourites with the bookmakers.
Although the “Nároďák” managed to advance from the Nations League ahead of the Bravehearts, they will have to do their utmost to avoid their fourth consecutive defeat by Scotland at Euro 2021.
One of the Scots’ advantages is their footballing homogeneity at the highest level. Almost the entire squad is used to what is arguably the best European football in the Premier League.
The British squad is no longer predominantly made up of players from Glasgow and Celtic – these two clubs together make up only five players in the Scottish European Championship squad, which was officially announced on 1 June.
For the Eastern Europeans, on the other hand, a slight disadvantage could be that, with the exception of Tomas Soucek (West Ham) and Patrik Schick (Leverkusen), no player earns his bread and butter as a regular at a really top club.
The whole thing is further complicated by the fact that all the Czechs play in different European leagues and could therefore have different fitness levels at the start of the tournament.
Scotland vs. Czech Republic: What do the bookmakers expect?
Primarily, bettors are treating the Czechs as favourites more because of their recent success on the pitch than because of the direct comparison with the Scots.
Judging by the market value, the Brits even have a squad that costs over 50 million more, and the Scots’ defence in particular is littered with absolute superstars.
First and foremost the defender duo Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) and Kieran Tierney (Arsenal). The Czechs, on the other hand, have a somewhat stronger midfield in which Patrik Schick from Leverkusen will pull the strings.
Moreover, in addition to advancing in the Nations League group, the Czechs – as already mentioned – recently held the Belgians to a highly respectable 1-1 draw.
The Scots, on the other hand, could only qualify for the European Championship via a penalty shoot-out. Moreover, they have yet to prove that they can beat a top team.
The Bravehearts’ last major success was five years ago when they beat Denmark 1-0 in a friendly match. Since then, however, they have only rarely been able to avoid defeat against the really big teams.