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Wales vs Czech Republic: Match Preview – Tuesday 29th March

Wales welcome Czech Republic to the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday in a friendly which aims to raise funds for the people of Ukraine.

The match fills the slot of the World Cup play-off final, which has been postponed until June following the invasion of Ukraine. After beating Austria 2-1, Wales have secured a spot in the final.

Wayne Hennessey looks to make his 100th international appearance for Wales, and will likely captain the side ahead of Gareth Bale to mark his centennial cap.

Here’s everything you need to know about the match tonight!

Match: Wales vs Czech Republic

Tournament: International friendly

Date: Tuesday, March 29th – KO 7:45pm

Location: Cardiff City Stadium

Channel: Sky Sports Premier League and S4C

Summary

Wales enter the fixture in fine form after an exhilarating victory over Austria in the World Cup play-off semi final, securing a spot in the final.

A brace by Gareth Bale, including a spectacular free kick and a second half finisher, gave the Welsh a 2-goal advantage by the 51st minute. The Welshmen eventually won the game 2-1 – with Marcel Sabitzer pulling one back for Austria after his strike deflected off Ben Davies in the 64th minute.

Czech Republic on the other hand lost 1-0 in their World Cup play-off semi final to Sweden, with Robin Quasion putting the nail in the coffin to Czech’s World Cup hopes.

Gareth Bale scored twice to move Wales one game away from their first World Cup in 64 years

It’s the first time these sides have met since the World Cup qualifying group stage – where the Welsh finished in 2nd and Czech in 3rd – with just one point separating the sides.

In their first meeting of the groups, taking place in March 2021, Wales won 1-0 thanks to an 81st minute Daniel James goal, with both Connor Roberts and Czech’s Patrik Schik picking up red cards.

When they met again in October 2021, the sides were equal and left with a point each following a 2-2 draw with Dan James and Aaron Ramsey getting on the score sheet for Wales. Jakub Pesek scored for the Czech Republic – and a Danny Ward own goal gave them a second.

Overall form:

Last 10 matches

Wales: WDWWDDWLLW – 5 wins, 3 draws, 2 losses

Czech Republic: LWWDLWLWLD – 4 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses

Head 2 Head

27 Mar 2002Wales v Czech RepublicD0-0International Friendly
02 Sep 2006Czech Republic v WalesL2-1UEFA European Championship
02 Jun 2007Wales v Czech RepublicD0-0UEFA European Championship
30 Mar 2021Wales v Czech RepublicW1-0FIFA World Cup
08 Oct 2021Czech Republic v WalesD2-2FIFA World Cup
Source: 11v11.com

Team news

Wales have no fresh worries following the victory over Austria, and will likely field a very similar team. Rob Page may offer a start to young prospect Brennan Johnson, who came on in the 88th minute against Austria.

Wayne Hennessey is set to make his 100th appearance for Wales – a milestone only matched by two others; Chris Gunter (106) and Gareth Bale (101). It is likely that Bale will hand the captains armband to Hennessey for the occasion.

Czech Republic will be without star Patrik Schick as the Leverkusen striker is currently recovering from a calf-injury. Elsewhere, the team is fresh and Jaroslav Šilhavý has plenty of options for his side.

Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey during the international friendly at the Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. Picture date: Saturday March 27, 2021.

Prediction

It’s never easy making predictions for a friendly, but if the atmosphere at the CCS last Thursday is anything to go by, the Czech are in for a treat with the blaring and harmonious Red Wall.

The main Welsh starters should still play a vital part, and the likes of Bale and Ramsey are likely to start considering the final isn’t until June – whilst their club game time also isn’t guaranteed.

The back 5 was effective against Austria, and they were extremely lucky to score from the deflection. With Schick also out, I don’t see Czech scoring tonight.

2-0 Wales.