UEFA U21 European Championships, Miejski Stadium, Poland 5pm
Czech Republic U21’s vs Italy U21’s – Match Preview – Czech Republic will meet Italy on Wednesday evening in the second round of matches at the UEFA U21 European Championships. Italy beat Denmark 2-0 in a very dominant performance that manager, Luigi Di Baggio, will be hoping will carry over to this fixture. The Italians are the most successful nation in the tournaments history, having won it five times.
Italy will be hoping for an easy enough win against Czech Republic which could set up a huge clash with current Group C leaders, Germany. Only one team from each group is guaranteed a spot in the next round, but Italy will have to do the job this Wednesday before thinking too far ahead. Striker, Andrea Petagna, got on the scoresheet late in the match against Denmark to secure the win and will remain a key figure in the Italian set up. Can Petagna and his team mates get another win in their bid for a sixth Euro’s title?
Czech Republic were rather underwhelming in their opening match against the Germans and will face just as tough a test this Wednesday. For the Czech’s, they will be fully aware they need to pull off a huge shock result to stay alive in this tournament. Vitezslav Lavicka may rearrange his side in a different formation from their previous match, where they lined up as a 4-3-3 which saw them only attain 37% possession. However, the Czech’s were able to get 13 shots off at the German goal as they utilised their dangermen on the counter but will have to improve their finishing if they are to provide the shock they need.
Italy have no fresh injury worries ahead of Wednesday’s match.
Attacker, Dominic Berardi, will be a dangerous figure for the Italians as a target-man, can he help his side build on their first victory?
Czech Republic, much like their opponents, also have no injuries or suspensions to worry about.
Striker, Patrik Schick, was unable to score in the first match but will his fortune turn?