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Czech Republic vs Wales FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Tips - Draw tipped in Prague
- UEFA FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Group E fixture will take place at Sinobo Stadium in Prague on Friday (19:45 BST)
- Both teams have 7 points in the group
- Wales beat the Czech Republic 1-0 in Cardiff back in March
The Czechs and Welsh go at it again in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Friday. (Geoff Caddick/Getty Images)
Czech Republic and Wales will want to avoid defeat in the race for the final qualification place in Group E.
Both sides have seven points and are in patchy form so I am backing a draw in their duel at Prague's Sinobo Stadium on Friday night.
The Czech Republic are in inconsistent form after a 3-0 defeat to Belgium in in September. They then drew 1-1 at home against Ukraine in a friendly.
Jaroslav Silhavy’s side are winless in three of their last four qualifiers. A 1-1 draw against Belgium and a 1-0 home win against Belarus have returned four points from their last 12 available.
Defenders Vladimir Coufal and Jan Boril are both ruled out in this game. Midfielders Lukas Masopust and Petr Sevcik have also withdrawn from the squad due to injury.
Wales were frustrated by a 0-0 home draw against Estonia last time out. The Dragons had 20 shots and 66% possession but could not find a way through.
Robert Page’s side started their qualification campaign with a 3-0 loss to Belgium. They have recovered with wins against Czech Republic (1-0) and Belarus (3-2) before the Estonia stalemate.
The bad news for Wales is Gareth Bale has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Midfielder David Brooks and full-back Ben Davies are also out with illness while defenders Rhys Norrington-Davies and Tom Lockyer have withdrawn from the squad.
Wales beat the Czech Republic 1-0 in Cardiff in their first meeting back in March with Daniel James scoring the match's lone goal.
06 December 2021
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