Netherlands vs Czech Republic: Wijnaldum and Soucek the players to watch

The Netherlands have entertained so far, as so many Netherlands sides do. However, with the pressure increasing, can they maintain their levels?

When: Sunday June 27, 17:00 BST

Where: Budapest

How to watch: ITV

Best Bets

Georginio Wijnaldum to score and assist a goal at 11/1

Netherlands to win and both teams to score at 5/2

Tomas Soucek to score anytime at 11/2

Netherlands have arguably been the most fun team to watch in Euro 2020 so far, and they will no doubt fancy their chances of continuing their journey against the Czech Republic.

Frank De Boer has fashioned a team that is easy on the eye, attractive in attack, and not entirely safe at the back. And that is always a recipe for entertainment for the neutral.

Czech Republic, on the other hand, are nobody's pushovers, although they haven't exactly thrilled either.

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Euro 2020 form


Netherlands 3-2 Ukraine

Netherlands 2-0 Austria

North Macedonia 0-3 Netherlands

Memphis Depay celebrates his goal against Austria
Memphis Depay celebrates his goal against Austria

We'd have to concede that Netherlands were handed a pretty kind group.

However, you can only beat who is in front of you, and Netherlands have beaten the lot of them.

Czech Republic

Scotland 0-2 Czech Republic

Croatia 1-1 Czech Republic

Czech Republic 0-1 England

Czech Republic's Patrik Schick
Czech Republic's Patrik Schick

The Czechs have been fiercely competitive in every game they have played, with England only managing to beat them by a single goal in their last group match.

Croatia, who were World Cup finalists three years ago, failed to beat them too, underlining just how solid an outfit they are.

Entertaining Netherlands

All the talk coming into this tournament was that this Netherlands side was not really comparable with those of previous tournaments.

However, their displays have told a very different story. They have been as entertaining as their predecessors and every bit as elegant on the ball.

Netherlands boss, Frank De Boer
Netherlands boss, Frank De Boer

There is also that same feeling of fragility about them, and you worry that as soon as they come up against a top quality side, they won't be quite strong enough to overpower them.

It seems unlikely that the Czech Republic will be that side, but you can never rule anything out.

Netherlands squad

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen, Tim Krul, Maarten Stekelenburg

Defenders: Nathan Ake, Daley Blind, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, Denzel Dumfries, Jurriem Timber, Patrick van Aanholt, Joel Veltman, Owen Wijndal

Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong, Marten de Roon, Ryan Gravenberch, Davy Klaassen, Teun Koopmeiners, Georginio Wijnaldum

Forwards: Steven Berghuis, Luuk de Jong, Memphis Depay, Cody Gakpo, Donyell Malen, Quincy Promes, Wout Weghorst

Czech Republic reliant on their right

While Czech Republic have been solid so far, their right-hand side has been a big threat.

West Ham man Vladimir Coufal was one of the stars of the show against England, and when club-mate Tomas Soucek joins down that side they can pose some real danger.

Czech Republic's Vladimir Coufal
Czech Republic's Vladimir Coufal

Set-pieces are another area where Czech Republic can hurt anyone, and again Soucek comes into the reckoning.

Czech Republic squad

Goalkeepers: Tomas Vaclik, Tomas Koubek, Ales Mandous

Defenders: Jan Boril, Jakub Brabec, Vladimir Coufal, Ondrej Celustka, Pavel Kaderabek, Tomas Kalas, Ales Mateju, David Zima

Midfielders: Antonin Barak, Vladimir Darida, Adam Hlozek, Tomas Holes, Jakub Jankto, Alex Kral, Lukas Masopust, Jakub Pesek, Tomas Soucek, Petr Sevcik, Michal Sadilek

Forwards: Michael Krmencik, Tomas Pekhart, Patrik Schick, Matej Vydra

International head-to-head

Netherlands wins: 3

Draws: 3

Czech Republic wins: 5

Goalscorer bets

There can be little doubt that Georginio Wijnaldum has been a key figure for the Netherlands so far, and odds of 6/1 to open the scoring seem very generous.

Denzel Dumfries has also caught the eye with his marauding runs down the right, and 9/2 to score anytime looks good value.

Netherlands' Denzel Dumfries
Netherlands' Denzel Dumfries

If you feel able to turn down the 11/1 on offer for Tomas Soucek to score the first goal, then you're stronger than many will be.

Set-plays carry a real threat for the Czech Republic, and he has a real knack of being in the right place at the right time.

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