UEFA Nations League Group B2
Scotland v Czech Republic
Wednesday, 14 October 2020, kick-off 7.45pm
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Live on Sky Sports
Scotland round off their international triple header in October with a top of the table clash against the Czech Republic.
After Lyndon Dykes’ second half strike secured three points for Steve Clarke’s side on Sunday night, Scotland will now look to extend or maintain their advantage at the top of Group B2, with the Czech Republic only one point behind.
If Scotland can obtain a positive result it will extend their unbeaten run to eight matches and mean they enter November’s triple header with a real chance of securing qualification for UEFA EURO 2020 through the Play-Offs and earning promotion to League A of the Nations League.
The sides met only last month when Scotland defeated a Czech Republic side severely depleted due to coronavirus-induced call-offs. After conceding the first goal, strikes from Ryan Christie and a first Scotland goal from Lyndon Dykes were enough to take the three points and place Scotland in pole position in the group.
🏴 A first Scotland goal for Lyndon Dykes 🙌— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) September 7, 2020
The two nations have met on eight occasions over the years, with the Czech Republic currently holding a narrow lead in the head to head record with four victories to Scotland’s three, with one match seeing the spoils shared.
Though the Czech Republic dominated the early meetings between the sides, winning the first three fixtures between 1999 and 2008, Scotland have had the better of the recent contests, winning three of the five matches since 2010.
Prior to their meeting last month, Scotland won the most recent fixture, an Ikechia Anya strike enough to earn a 1-0 victory in Prague in a 2016 friendly that saw Kenny McLean make his full international debut.
Fresh from making his international debut on Sunday night at the age of 33, Aberdeen defender Andy Considine will be hoping to earn his second cap, following the withdrawal from the squad of Liam Cooper due to injury.
After making four changes to Sunday’s starting 11 following the Play-off match, head coach Steve Clarke has again alluded to freshening up the side. One change is already certain after Scotland captain Andy Robertson collected his second yellow card of the campaign on Sunday night, ruling him out of the clash with the Czech Republic.
With two goals in four games after making his international debut in September, Scotland striker Lyndon Dykes is full of confidence ahead of the visit from the Czechs.
"Seven games unbeaten, another clean sheet, another goal for myself, it was a great night,” he said of the match against Slovakia.
"I feel at home and really enjoying coming away and learning. I'm sure we've got a great future which I believe in.
"We're focused on the next game against Czech Republic. Hopefully we can get the three points and I can get a hat-trick.
"Since I've come in I think we're only getting better. We're getting more understanding with the players, we've got great depth, we made a few changes tonight and they didn't look out of place at all, and you've got boys coming off the bench that could be starting."
Supporters will still be able to have a key part of the match day experience delivered to their home.
A limited print run of Sunday night’s programme will be produced in conjunction with the Scottish FA’s programme partners Ignition Sports Media.
How to follow the match
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, kicking off at 7:45pm.
You can also receive live updates via the official @ScotlandNT Twitter account.