EUROPE: World Cup - Qualifiers
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
France Football, L'Équipe, Kicker, Marca, La Gazzetta dello Sport remind us that the last summer day will begin with the 7th round of the football qualifying campaign of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. The great attention is paid to the defending World champions.
Group C tournament position
Prior 4 rounds to the end of the qualifying stage the team of Joachim Löw is 5 points ahead of its main challenger - national team of the Northern Ireland (18 points vs 13). And then the third position is taken by the closest opponent of the World champions – the national team of Czech Republic (9 points). The new battle of the finalists of the 1976 UEFA European Football Championship will be held in the capital of Czech Republic on home arena of Slavia, Eden Arena.
40th Anniversary of history victory
Last year Czech Republic was celebrating the 40th anniversary of the most significant football triumph – the victory over the national team of BRD in the final match of Yugoslavian European Championship in summer 1976. Now the fact of reaching the final by the modern team of Czech Republic and moreover the victory over Bundesteam in the final match belongs to the fiction literary genre.
We remind you that in October 2016, in Hamburg the World champions have destroyed Czech Republic during the first meeting of the current opponents with the score 3:0 (Müller 2, Kroos).
Joachim Löw is still experimenting with his squad. This time Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Höwedes, Leroy Sané, Mario Götze won’t participate. Thomas Müller was included at the last second.
Absence of demand for the German goal scorer in the calendar matches of Bayern Munich became the point at issue in Germany. Also Carlo Ancelotti has been strongly criticized. Joachim Löw declared that he greatly appreciates Thomas and that is why, he believes that he will score a lot of goals.
Our tip: Germany to win - odds 1.5 5Dimes