The 2022 World Cup qualifiers kicked off this week and there has already been some brilliant action and shocks in the fixtures so far. Two sides who recorded the biggest wins in Group E were the Czech Republic, who beat Estonia 6-2, and Belgium, who comfortably defeated Wales 3-1. These nations come into their head-to-head this weekend in strong form and the match should provide plenty of action. Czech Republic v Wales will be played at 7:45 p.m. (GMT) in Prague and both will be eager to win and stake their claim for the top spot in Group E.
The Czech Republic’s victory over Estonia was their third win in three straight matches and also their third successive win in World Cup qualifiers too. Jaroslav Silhavy has also won six of their last eight internationals at home. Belgium was given an early shock against Wales as Gareth Bale fired his side into the lead. But a second-half rout from Belgium secured an opening match victory and extended the Red Devils winning streak to five straight games. Roberto Matinez’s side suffered a 2-1 loss away to England in October last year, their only away loss in eight matches. The Czech Republic should see Ondrej Kolar and Alex Kral could return. Belgium will be without Eden Hazard and Axel Witsel due to injury.
Looking at the matchwinner odds for Czech Republic v Belgium, the visitors are the outright favourites to win. Belgium has won seven of their last eight away matches and Sky Bet are backing the Red Devils to bag an important victory in Prague this weekend at 4/6. The odds for a Czech Republic win are longer, but the home side is certainly not a write off for this fixture having won three of their last four at home. Unibet’s 23/5 odds represent excellent value for a Czech Republic win. Our tip for Saturday’s fixture is to back Sky Bet’s odds of 3/1 for a draw between the Czech Republic and Belgium. Both these sides are in equally impressive form and are extremely hard to beat. With a potential top spot in Group E at stake too, a cagier match could play out on Saturday.
Both the Czech Republic and Belgium have found the net with great regularity in recent years. The Czech Republic have scored in 16 consecutive home matches in all competitions, while Belgium has found the net in 26 straight away matches. Clean sheets are also a rarity for these sides as the Czech Republic have just two clean sheets in their last 13 and Belgium have one shut out in their last eight. A correct score of 2-1 to Belgium will return 15/2 from both Bet 365 and Sky Bet but a Czech Republic win of the same score is back at 16/1 by Sky Bet. But, sticking with the draw prediction, our tip this weekend is to go with Betfred’s offer of 7/1 for a 1-1 draw between the sides.
With plenty of goals in these teams, the over/under markets are a great option looking ahead to this fixture. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in the last two meetings between the two sides, while Belgium has seen over 2.5 goals in five of their last six internationals. For a good value bet, Betfair’s 17/20 on over 2.5 goals scored in the match presents the best returns. However, our tip is to go for more goals in this fixture. A recent match between these two ended in a 3-1 Czech Republic win. As Belgium has seen over 3.5 goals in their last two games, and the Czech Republic saw eight goals against Estonia, we’re tipping Bet 365’s 9/4 odds of over 3.5 goals scored in this match.
Czech Republic v Belgium is set to be one of the biggest ties of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers this weekend. The two sides will be battling for the top spot in Group E and, given their equally good form and ability to score, it should be one of the more exciting fixtures in round two. If you decide to choose one of our betting tips for Czech Republic v Belgium on Saturday evening, we hope you enjoy watching the game first and foremost and we also hope you enjoy any bets you choose. Our betting previews do try to provide good value pointers and tips based on form and team news, but they are never guaranteed to win. So, ensure you are gambling responsibly and bet within your limits at all times. For more detail on bookmaker’s free bets that are currently available, please check out our homepage for up-to-date, great value betting offers.