Czech Republic vs. Wales 10/8/21 UEFA World Cup Qualifications Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Czech Republic vs. Wales
October 8, 2021 2:45 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +130. Under 2.5 -167
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Czech Republic is welcoming Wales to Eden Arena in round 7 of Group E in the UEFA World Cup qualifications. Czech Republic is in 2nd place in this group right now with 7 points, but they haven’t won any of their last 2 games. Wales also has 7 points, and they haven’t lost any of their last 3 games.

Offensively, Czech Republic has been decent so far in these qualifications with 8 scored goals in 5 games, but they can still lose the 2nd place they are in right now. Czech’s defense has been a bit sloppy, and they have conceded 7 goals so far. In their last qualifications game against Belgium on the road, Czech Republic has had 47% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 81% of the correct passes. It’s hard to play against Belgium, and Czech Republic didn’t stand a chance. The final score was 3-0 in favor of Belgium. Soucek has scored 3 goals for Czech Republic so far, while Barak added 2 goals. The player that Czech Republic expects most from is Schick, and he is yet to get going in these qualifications. It will be a tight race, but I think Czech Republic has what it takes to stay in this 2nd place.

Wales has been solid in their last 3 games, but without Bale who is injured, I’m not sure how competitive they can be. Wales has scored and conceded 5 goals in 4 games, and they are far from the defensive team they were a few years ago. Bale is the leading goalscorer for Wales with 3 goals, but as I’ve mentioned, he is injured, and he will miss this game. In their last game against Estonia at home, Wales was dominant with 66% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and a solid 86% of the correct passes. Despite having many chances, and despite playing one of the weakest teams in Europe, Wales couldn’t score a goal, and this game has ended in a 0-0 draw. Wales has the same number of points as Czech Republic does, but they have less offense, weaker defense, and on top of that, they are missing their best player.

Czech Republic hasn’t lost any of their last 6 home games, and I think they will keep this streak going. Wales is solid, but without Bale, they will struggle, and Czech Republic will take advantage of that.

Goran Kucar's Free Pick: Czech Republic -143

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Goran Kucar

I was born and raised in Croatia, and with that, I was raised with soccer all around me. I love playing soccer, watching soccer, and now I love writing and handicapping soccer at PickDawgz and SportsChatPlace.

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