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The visitors' form may have improved but home advantage should prove key for Michal Bilek's side as they prepare for Euro 2012, and Adam Bate is tipping a narrow home win

Czech Republic would have been delighted by their Euro 2012 draw that pits them against Poland, Greece and Russia in Group A.

It gives Michal Bilek’s side a real chance of progressing to the knockout stages of a competition they reached the final of in 1996 and the semi-finals in 2004.

This team lacks the brilliance of a Pavel Nedved or even a Vladimir Smicer - who is an administrator in the international set-up now - and that is reflected in the 3-0 friendly defeat they suffered to Norway last August.

But qualification was negotiated and form has improved - the side's only loss in their last eight games was against Spain and they have won four of their last five.

Friday's friendly against Hungary in Prague is their last before the European Championship begins and they are 4/7 (1.57) with William Hill to sign off with a win.

That will not be easy as Hungary are a different proposition at the moment compared to the not-so-magnificent Magyars that had lost nine games out of 11 as recently as 2010.

Since then they have picked up dramatically, winning 10 of their next 12 games including a victory over Sweden and an unfortunate 5-3 reverse against Netherlands.

Hungary are 4/1 (5.0) with William Hill to win here. The draw is available at 5/2 (3.5).

Although the Hungarians have a chance in this one, the search for value must take into account William Hill’s prices and they have industry-best offers for Czech success here.

While many bookmakers are offering little better than even money for Czech Republic to lead at half-time and win the game, William Hill are offering it at 29/20 (2.45).

That was the outcome in their weekend win over Israel and it is a distinct possibility in front of their own fans once again.

That friendly finished 2-1, which was the same score that Hungary were defeated in their last away game - against the Czech Republic’s Euro 2012 group opponents Poland in November.

For the value bet consider a 2-1 Czech Republic win at 15/2 (8.5) with William Hill.

Czechs at HT/FT at 29/20 (2.45) with William Hill
Czech Republic to win 2-1 at 15/2 (8.5) with William Hill

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on

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