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Czech Republic v Belarus (Czech win)
Here we are then, onto step 2 of the ladder challenge as King Ron once again delivers in the grandest manner as his late brace sealed the win for his country. In doing so he broke the international scoring record and now sits on an incredible 111 international goals.
On to tonight then and we begin in Ostrava where Czech Republic host Belarus. The Czechs surprised many, including myself at the Euros as they made it through the quarter-finals before narrowly missing out to Denmark.
Their displays this summer restored pride in the National team after years of underperformance at international level.
Manager, Jaroslav Silhavy seems to have built a strong bond with his group of players in the three years he has been in charge and now has some real quality within the squad.
The likes of Tomas Soucek, Patrik Schick and Vladimir Coufal have consistently shown they can perform in the biggest European leagues on a weekly basis and have taken that form to international level.
Schick is actually unavailable tonight due to suspension but otherwise the Czechs are at full strength and I don’t think should have too much trouble dismantling a poor Belarus outfit.
As for the visitors, well there is a reason they are ranked 58 places behind tonight’s opponents; to put it bluntly they are a poor side.
They have conceded 10 across their last two games, both of which ended in defeat. An 8-0 humbling by Belgium which was the biggest defeat in their history was followed up by an even more embarrassing 2-1 defeat at home to European Azerbaijan.
The lack of experience within the squad is clearly costing them. In fact, the most capped player in the Belarus squad has just 28 caps.
The Czechs are the far superior side and playing against an inexperienced Belarus outfit short on both confidence and experience, I can only see a home win this evening.
North Macedonia v Armenia (Over 1.5 goals)
For the second part of bet 2 we head to Skopje where North Macedonia host Armenia in Group J this evening.
Both sides are absolutely flying in the group with Armenia incredibly top following 3 wins from 3 and North Macedonia in 2nd with 6 points from 9.
Despite getting 0 points at the Euros this summer, North Macedonia were certainly entertaining. They are very decent going forwards but pretty catastrophic at the back conceding a massive 8 goals across their three group games this summer.
They have made a decent start to the WC qualifying campaign and continue to entertain with 9 goals scored across their 3 games played so far.
They started with a 3-2 defeat to Romania before the Lions proceeded to beat Liechtenstein 5-0 and – most impressively of all – overcome European powerhouses Germany 2-1 in a famous victory.
They have shown they are certainly entertaining and their attacking quality means they can cause even the best teams problems as they proved against Germany recently.
No surprise then to see North Macedonia have scored an average 2.2 goals in their last 15 home matches and with that they have seen over 1.5 goals feature in 18 of their last 20 home fixtures.
As for Armenia, well as I mentioned previously they are flying and have probably never enjoyed such success in their footballing history previously.
What is even more impressive is they have been winning these games without star man and Captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan who hasn’t featured for his national team since October 2020.
He is back in their squad and expected to start and with 30 goals in his 88 caps will bring plenty of goal threat and creativity to the side which only increases the chances of goals this evening with him their clear standout player.
Armenia have seen over 1.5 goals feature in 12 of their last 13 away games and facing off against a prolific North Macedonia side I really can’t see this one being short on goals!