Czech Republic vs Croatia Euro 2016 preview: What time does it start and where can I watch it live?

A look ahead to the Group D Euro 2016 fixture

Brad Dennett
Thursday 16 June 2016 13:11
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Theodor Gebre Selassie in action against Spain
Theodor Gebre Selassie in action against Spain

It’s a big game for…

Theodor Gebre Selassie – Played out of position as an attacking right midfielder against Spain, Gebre Selassie will be looking to fall back to his more natural role of right back. Not one to shy away from a challenge, he’ll be tasked with whipping balls in from the wings and quickly tracking back for the Czech Republic. While his work-rate will never be questioned, his ability to stop the likes of Darijo Srna and Ivan Perišić out wide will be.

Best stat…

This is the first time that these two nations will meet competitively. Croatian forward Nicola Kalinić scored two in an international friendly win against the Czech Republic in 2011.

Player to watch…

Luka Modriç – Modric’s goal capped off a fine performance from the midfielder. Undoubtedly Croatia’s best player, Modriç will be crucial in transitioning defence to attack for his side. With an eye for a pass and a killer through ball at his disposal, all eyes will be on the Real Madrid man.

Luka Modric celebrates after giving Croatia the lead over Turkey with a wonder strike

Premier League interest…

Czech Republic: Petr Čech (Arsenal)

Croatia: none

Past two-meetings…

Croatia 4 vs Czech Republic 2 – International Friendly

Croatia 1 vs Czech Republic 1 (4-1 penalties) – Hassan II Trophy

Vital information…

Kick-off: 5PM, Friday

TV: Live on BBC One

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