The Netherlands and the Czech Republic have played out a number of memorable clashes over the last couple of decades, and although the Czechs lead the head-to-head, it is the rejuvenated Netherlands who go into this clash as overwhelming favourites. The Oranje have been very impressive so far and have looked threatening every time they’ve entered the opposition’s half.
The tournament-ending injury to Luuk de Jong is unfortunate, however, they have plenty of quality on the bench and with the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay in scintillating form, they will be full of confidence here. They’ve also had far more rest than their opponents and although he admits that this is a tough draw for his side, they’ve had plenty of time to prepare for the Czechs.
Jaroslav Silhavy’s side managed to progress to the round of 16, and although they weren’t able to find a way past the England defence, they managed to negotiate their way through a potentially tricky Group D campaign.
All three of their goals have been scored by Patrick Schik, and although the Bayer Leverkusen striker is a real handful, if he isn’t firing on all cylinders, the Czechs may struggle to find a way through.