Euro Qualification 2020: Home Nations Round Up
- Kazakhstan vs. Scotland 21/03 3 PM
- Northern Ireland vs. Estonia 21/03 7:45 PM
- England vs. Czech Republic 22/03 7:45 PM
- Gibraltar vs. Ireland 23/03 5 PM
- Wales vs. Slovakia 24/03 2PM
- San Marino vs. Scotland 24/03 5 PM
- Northern Ireland vs Belarus 24/03 7:45 PM
- Montenegro vs. England 25/03 7:45 PM
- Ireland vs. Georgia 26/03 20:45 PM
It's an amazing fact, but England have never played Czech Republic. Of course, had the Three Lions knocked out Germany in Euro 96 then they would have faced them in the final, but it wasn't to be.
England have never faced Czech Republic before
England head into this match high in confidence having finished fourth in the World Cup and having won their Nations league group which included Croatia and Spain.
The Czech Republic finished second in their Nations League group, behind Ukraine and ahead of neighbours Slovakia.
They have a few big names including Selassie who plays in defence for Werder Bremen and Schick who plays up front for Roma. In between the sticks they have Vaclík who plies his trade at Sevilla.
- Star Player: Patrik Schick (Roma)
- FIFA ranking: 44
Three days later England will play Montenegro in Podgorica. The Brave Falcons finished third behind Serbia and Romania and above Lithuania in their Nations League C Group 4. You might recognize their captain Stefan Savic who plays for Atlético Madrid, apart from him their team consists of players who play in a range of leagues including the Serbian, Uzbek, Italian, Belgian, Israeli, South Korean, Russian, French, Portuguese and Croatian leagues.
- Star Player: Stefan Savic (Atlético Madrid)
- FIFA ranking: 46
England Betting Odds
Scotland topped their Nations League C Group 1 which included Israel and Albania in emphatic style. They only lost one of their four matches 2-1 away in Israel.
The Hawks are currently 117th in the FIFA rankings, but playing them will involve a gruelling 7:30 flight time for the Scots. They came second in their Nations League D group 1 behind Georgia and ahead of Latvia and Andorra.
They only managed one win out of their six games, which came against Andorra (4-0), they drew their away leg in Andorra 1-1. A terrible result for a country of over 18 million.
All but three of their team play in the Kazakhstan Premier league.
- FIFA ranking: 117
- Star Player: Yuriy Logvinenko (Astana)
Scotland will make the incredibly unusual trip between Astana and San Marino between their two matches. Despite the air miles, Scotland should make light work of the minnows.
San Marino have conceded 29 goals and scored 0 in their last eight games. Included in this stat are games against Moldova and Luxembourg, so you get the idea.
- FIFA ranking: 204
- Star Player: Davide Simoncini (Libertas)
Scotland Betting Odds
Northern Ireland will stay in Belfast for their two games against Estonia and Belarus. They are favourites to win both.
They finished last in their Nations League B Group 3 which included Bosnia and Austria. They did not pick up any points.
The Blueshirts came a humiliating last place in their Nations League C Group 2. Their group included Finland, Hungary and Greece.
The two teams played each other back in 2011 for the Euro 2012 qualification. Estonia won both matches 4-1 and 1-2.
- FIFA ranking: 96
- Star Player: Ragnar Klavan (Cagliari)
This team are no mugs. They have frustrated many a big team over the years, almost snatching a draw in Paris during the 2018 World Cup qualification.
This team won't have been helped by two factors however, the fact that they will have played The Netherlands a few days before in Rotterdam and the fact that the majority of their team have not played competitive football since December.
Belarus topped their Nations League D Group 2 but the group consisted of Moldova, Luxembourg and San Marino.
- FIFA ranking: 78
- Star Player: Anton Saroka (Lokeren)
Ireland finished bottom of their Nations League B Group 4 behind Denmark and Wales, with only two points.
Gibraltar is the smallest UEFA member in terms of both area and population. They were only recognised in 2016 and have now played 36 competitive matches. They have won four, drawn three and lost 29 so far, which is not that bad for such a small and new team.
Gibraltar is the smallest UEFA member in terms of both area and population.
Their most famous victory came away against Armenia, where they won 0-1 after the Armenians had played the wrong anthem before the start of the match. Their other wins have come against Latvia, Liechtenstein and Malta. They have drawn with Estonia, Liechtenstein and Slovakia.
- FIFA ranking: 194
- Star Player: Liam Walker (Europa)
The Crusaders could prove tough opposition for Ireland in Dublin. The Georgians topped their Nations League D Group 1 ahead of Kazakhstan, Latvia and Andorra, drawing only one and winning the rest.
- FIFA ranking: 91
- Star Player: Gurum Kashia (San Jose Earthquakes)
Wales came below Denmark but above Ireland in the Nations League B Group 4. The Dragons are enjoying the golden era of Welsh football with stars such as Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale at the peak of their careers.
They only play one match in this round of qualifiers.
The Falcons came bottom of their Nations League B Group 1 behind Ukraine and Czech Republic, picking up only one win out of four. They are still a decent team currently ranked 29th in the World and with players plying their trade in the Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga and La Liga.
- FIFA ranking: 29
- Star Player: Marek Hamsík (Dalian Yifang)