The host side will be wanting to get closer to second place with victory and erase the memory of an infamous defeat in Prague last year, where Levein opted for a 4-6-0 formation.
McGregor; Hutton, Caldwell, Berra, Bardsley; Adam; Morrison, Brown, Fletcher, Naismith; Miller
Scotland boss Craig Levein will be delighted to welcome back captain Darren Fletcher into the international fold after the Manchester United midfielder was forced to miss the run-in of last season’s Premier League triumph with a virus.
The only call-off for the former Dundee United manager was that of third choice keeper Iain Turner, who was forced to head back to Preston North End after suffering an elbow strain, being replaced by Cardiff City stopper David Marshall.
|Czech Republic (4-4-2)
Drobny; Pospech, Sivok, Hubnik, Kadlec; Rosicky, Jiracek, Hubschman, Plasil; Kolar, Baros
The Czech Republic will be looking to erase the memory of its last game, where Michal Bilek’s side were crushed 3-0 by Norway and now sits 42nd in the latest FIFA world rankings.
To make matters worse for the Czechs, they will be without the services of Chelsea keeper Petr Cech who has failed to recover from a medial ligament injury in time for the Hampden Park clash.
However, the team will be buoyed by the recent performances of international newcomers Petr Jiracek, Daniel Kolar, Vaclav Pilar and Milan Petrzela who all helped their club side, Czech champion Viktoria Plzen, to make it into this season’s Champions League.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- The last time the two sides faced off in Prague was the night of the infamous 4-6-0 formation which ultimately failed to work for Scotland, as the team were defeated by a second half header from Roman Hubnik.
- Scotland recorded its first victory over the Czech Republic in boss Craig Levein’s first game in charge, a friendly in March 2010 at Hampden Park, where Scott Brown’s goal claimed victory for the home side.
- The Scots currently sit on four points in Group I, although they have a game in hand on the Czech’s, who are five points ahead, while World and European champion Spain can boast a 100 percent record, having won each of its first five fixtures.
- A victory at Hampden Park would put the Czech Republic into pole position for second place in Group I behind Spain, which visits the Stadion Letna in October.
- Either Jan Lastuvka of Hamburg or Jaroslav Drobny of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk will make their competitive debut as one of them is forced to replace goalkeeper Petr Cech between the sticks for the Czech’s.