Though it's fair to say that the Czech's are not the footballing force they once were, they still have enough talent to defy the odds, enough know-how to achieve some good results and sufficient strength-in-depth to make them a realistic bet to succeed in this competition.
One only needs to go as far back in Czech history as 1976 when, as Czechoslovakia they went all the way to the final in Yugoslavia where they defeated the West Germans to become champions of Europe. Twenty years later it was the same 2 teams contesting the final at Wembley, only this time Germany beat the Czechs thanks to an Oliver Bierhoff golden goal.
Many online bookmakers in the UK are weary of the Czechs, treading carefully when the time comes to compile the odds. One internet betting analyst is keen to point out that 'Petr Cech, Tomas Rosicky and Milan Baros are all very well-known & respected for their contribution to English football and are the solid spine of a strong team. Past success means they can't surprise us like the Greeks did in 2004, so bets have been and will continue to be placed on the Czech Republic.'
What the betting expert neglected to mention was that, despite their glittering past in this tournament, poor results in qualifying meant that a playoff against Montenegro was required before they could book their flights to Poland & Ukraine and, unless they can recreate some of the highlights of yesteryear, there is no guaranteed bet that theirs will be a particularly long stay at Euro 2012. Facing incredibly tough fixtures against aforementioned hosts Poland (16th June), Russia (8th June) and Greece (12th June) it's no surprise they are available at 10/3 to finish top of the Group A standings and priced at 66/1 to win the whole thing. Yet this is still worth a little wager if not a free bet punt!
Coach Bilek has his captain and goalkeeper in their best form at the perfect time and this can only serve as an advantage to the Czech Republic, but a headache for a predictor trying to place smart bets!
Make your predictions with 888sport, where free bets can be won regularly in order to take some of the sting out of wagering. For great odds & all the fun punting can bring logon to 888sport today.