Date: June 27, 2021
Time: 9:30 PM IST
Venue: Puskas Arena, Budapest
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In the third Round of 16 match of EURO 2020, an unbeaten Netherlands team are set to lock horns with an impressive Czech Republic side in Budapest. The Dutch come into the knockouts with three wins in three matches as captain Georginio Wijnaldum will be raring to take his side through to the quarters. On the other hand, Czech Rebublic will be the underdogs in this contest and will be looking to continue their dream run in the tournament. With a place in final eight up for grabs, the stage is set for a high-voltage contest on Sunday.
Luuk de Jong has sustained a knee injury and has been ruled out of the tournament. Wout Weghorst and Donyell Malen will fight it out for the second striker's position alongside Memphis Depay. Although Ryan Gravenberch had a decent outing in the previous contest, he is expected to be replaced by the experienced Marten de Roon for the crucial contest.
With Jan Boril suspended for this match, Ales Mateju is expected to start at the left-back position. In the midfield spots, Tomas Holes is expected to get the nod ahead of Alex Kral alongside Tomas Soucek. Patrik Schick will lead the attack with the support of Jakub Jankto and Vladmir Darida, with the latter expected to be fit for the contest after an injury scare in training.
Among the goalkeepers, Maarten Stekelenburg should be the safe bet as the Dutch goalkeeper is coming to this contest on the back of keeping two clean-sheets. Patrick van Aanholt and Vladimrr Coufal are the full-backs who make an impact in the match with their attacking display down the flanks. Matthijs de Ligt and Tomas Kalas are the centre-backs who can get some crucial points for your side.
Frenkie de Jong, Tomas Soucek and Gini Wijnaldum are the midfielders to watch out for in this contest as the Dutch skipper has already scored three goals in the tournament. Talking about strikers, Patrick Schick has already scored three goals in the tournament while Memphis Depay has also been quite impressive with two goals and two assists to his name.
Probable Starting XI:
Netherlands: Stekelenburg; Dumfries, De Ligt, De Vrij, Blind, Van Aanholt; De Jong, De Roon, Wijnaldum; Depay, Malen
Czech Republic: Vaclik; Coufal, Celustka, Kalas, Mateju; Soucek, Holes; Masopust, Barak, Jankto; Schick
Goalkeepers: Stekelenburg, Vaclik
Defenders: De Ligt, Blind, Van Aanholt, Coufal, Kalas
Midfielders: Dumfries, Soucek, De Jong, Wijnaldum
Forwards: Depay, Schick, Malen
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