For their opening game of Euro 2020, Scotland will host the Czech Republic at the historic Hampden Park. Scotland are placed in Group D with the likes of Croatia and England and would certainly want to kick-off their Euro campaign with a win and set the tone for the rest of the competition ahead, given that they will be up against better-ranked teams.
With England and Croatia expected to take up the two qualifying spots in Group D for the knockout rounds, the 3rd place becomes very crucial as the four best third-finishing teams make it to the next round of knockout stages. This puts the onus on Scotland to come out on top against the Czech Republic in their opening game and set the tone for the rest of the competition.
The Scots have to come out with a strong performance in their first game as the Czech Republic are a sturdy defensive unit and often tagged as the dark horses in such competitions. Steve Clarke, the Scottish National Football team’s manager, needs to galvanize the team and get the best out of his players and for that he needs to pick the right crop of players to lead the charge.
Scotland are expected to do well in the tournament and progress to the Last 16 as Steve Clarke possesses a wealth of talent on his hands, with several of the players plying their trade in the Premier League. Players like Che Adams, Andy Robertson, Scott McTominay, Kieran Tierney, and Billy Gilmour, all are experienced Premier League campaigners with one even winning the Champions League this season. All in all, Scotland do have the right elements to make a mark in their first International tournament in the last 23 years since the 1988 World Cup and we for one are very excited for tomorrow.
Scotland’s Predicted Starting XI Against Czech Republic:
Goalkeeper: David Marshall
Defenders: Jack Hendry, Grant Hanely, Kieran Tierney
Midfielders: Nathan Patterson, Mc Tominay, Billy Gilmour, John McGinn, Andy Robertson
Attackers: Lyndon Dykes, Che Adams
Steve Clarke has got a good mix of experienced players along with some talented young players. The spotlight will be on the likes of Andy Robertson and McTominay, a win and three points in the opener will be a huge confidence booster for the Scottish team as they aim to progress to the next round of the Euro 2020.
We say Scotland (2) – Czech Republic (1). Tartan army all the way. While it might end up being a cagey affair in Glasgow, we expect the Steve Clarke and his punch their way through to the three points against their Czech hosts. Looking forward to welcoming them at Hampden Park.