UEFA Nations League, League B, Group 2
Czech Republic v Scotland
Monday, 7 September 2020, kick-off 7:45pm (UK time)
Andrův stadium, Olomouc
Despite reports Scotland’s match against Czech Republic would be called off it has been confirmed by UEFA the game will take place as planned and on Monday night Steve Clarke’s side will play their second Nations League fixture.
Scotland will be looking for their first win of the group following the draw against Israel on Friday night. They will face Czech Republic, who defeated Slovakia 3-1 in their opening match of Group 2.
No injuries were sustained on Friday night and Steve Clarke has a full strength side to choose from.
Through the official social media channels of the Football Association of the Czech Republic, they have confirmed it will be a different set of players and coaching staff who will be involved in the match to the ones who were involved in their game against Slovakia. This is after members of their backroom staff were tested positive for COVID-19 and players were forced to self-isolate.
K zápasu Ligy národů se Skotskem nominoval David Holoubek tyto hráče 🇨🇿🏴 pic.twitter.com/vqNtD4oRaC— Česká fotbalová reprezentace (@ceskarepre_cz) September 6, 2020
The last time Scotland played Czech Republic they emerged as 1-0 winners thanks to an Ikechi Anya winner. In the international friendly in March 2016, Anya scored after just 10 minutes which sealed the victory in Prague.
Scotland have played against Czech Republic on seven occasions, winning on twice, also beating them in 2010 in another international friendly.
Looking ahead to the game and reflecting on the announcement that Czech Republic will be calling up a new set of players for the game, Scotland head coach Steve Clarke said: “In terms of analysing and looking at the opposition, it’s different.
“I don’t see too much changing in how they play. But the personnel, we might not know quite as much as about them. The most important thing just now is that we concentrate on ourselves and what we do. The game is going ahead so nothing changes for us.
"We have a list of names that I believe is the official squad and myself and the analysts are working our way through so we know what position they play in and how they are.
"What I will say is they will be a good level because they are playing in the top flight in the Czech Republic which is a good level.
"If you were going as a club team from Britain to play a team from the Czech Republic you would expect a tough game, so we expect a tough game.
“We had a strange feeling like everyone else on Friday night when the Czech FA came out and said the game wasn’t going to be on. But we went to bed, got up on Saturday, had another Covid test and went out to train.
“It hasn’t affected our players in any way. We’ve told them to prepare for the game as they would anyway.What
format or what squad the Czech Republic are going to have, we just can’t influence that.
“In the current climate, things can happen. We’re currently in the middle of a global pandemic."
The 2020/21 Nations League Explained
The UEFA Nations League has a revised format for the 2020/21 edition which is the second time this competition has run. 55 European Nations will compete across four leagues. Leagues A, B and C will all be made up of four groups of four teams, with League D made up of two groups - one with three teams and one with four.
Teams are allocated to their leagues based upon their overall ranking following the 2018/19 inaugural Nations League - with Scotland joining League B following a successful League C campaign.
Matches will take place home and away in September, October and November 2020, replacing friendly matches during that period. Teams in the same group can now play simultaneously on the last matchday.
League B, C and D winners will gain promotion, those who finish bottom of A and B will be relegated while League C will be decided by play-outs to determine the two teams who will go down.
Promotion and relegation will shape the line-up of the next competition and in June 2021, the four group winners of League A will contest the finals. The 2020/21 Nations League also offers two group winners a second chance to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup via the play-offs.
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant referees: Joost van Zuilen (NED) Johan Balder (NED)
Fourth official: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Content to watch in the build-up
How to follow the match
The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports main event, kicking off at 7.45pm. You can also receive live updates via the official @ScotlandNT Twitter account.