“Hi Rob,” says Peter Oh. “With such obvious Holes in the Czech defence, even Scotland should have no trouble scoring.”
Those funny little plans, that never work quite right.
Czech Republic v Scotland team news
As expected, there are nine debutants in the Czech Republic side.
Czech Republic (4-3-3) Mandous; Holes, Hubnik, Jemelka, Zeleny; Janos, Budinsky, Havlik; Malinsky, Tecl, Pesek.
Scotland (possible 4-2-3-1) Marshall; Palmer, Cooper, McKenna, Robertson; McTominay, McLean; Christie, Fleck, Armstrong; Dykes.
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Northern Ireland v Norway team news
It’s a big night for Steven Davis, who equals Pat Jennings’ record of 119 Northern Ireland caps.
Northern Ireland (possible 4-3-3) Peacock-Farrell; Smith, Cathcart, Ballard, Ferguson; McNair, S Davis, Saville; Dallas, Washington, Thompson.
Norway (4-4-2) Jarstein; Elabdellaoui, Ajer, Hovland, Aleesami; Johansen, Henriksen, Normann, Elyounoussi; Haaland, Sorloth.
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Netherlands v Italy team news
Netherlands (4-3-3) Cillessen; Hateboer, Veltman, van Dijk, Ake; De Roon, Van de Beek, F de Jong; Wijnaldum, Depay, Promes.
Italy (4-3-3) Donnarumma; D’Ambrosio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Zaniolo, Immobile, Insigne.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina v Poland team news
Bosnia and Herzegovina (4-3-3) Begovic; Kvrzic, Bicakcic, Sanicanin, Civic; Besic, Hadziahmetovic, Hajradinovic; Hodzic, Koljic, Gojak.
Poland (4-2-3-1) Fabianski; Kedziora, Glik, Bednarek, Rybus; Goralski, Krychowiak; Jozwiak, Zielinski, Grosicki; Milik.
Hello and welcome to another bumper night of Nations League action. Netherlands v Italy is the glamour match of the night, while there’s British interest in groups B1 and B2. Northern Ireland, who earned an excellent draw in Romania on Friday, are at home to Norway. And Scotland, who had a slightly frustrating draw at home to Israel the very same night, play the Czech Republic C team in Prague.
You probably know the story, but just in case: a couple of the Czech Republic players had to self-isolated after coming into contact with a backroom member of staff who tested positive for Covid-19, prompting the Czech FA to pick an entirely new squad of players and coaching staff to face Scotland. Only two of the new squad have international experience. It’s a great opportunity for Scotland to add to a list of infamous results that includes Iran, Costa Rica, the Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan.
One match has already been played, with Belarus winning 2-1 away to Kazakhstan in Group C4. There are seven other games, all kicking off at 7.45pm BST:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina v Poland
- Netherlands v Italy
- Northern Ireland v Norway
- Austria v Romania
- Israel v Slovakia
- Czech Republic v Scotland
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