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The Czech Republic are certain of a place at UEFA EURO 2016 as they welcome the Netherlands, who need to win and hope Turkey lose to snatch a play-off place.

Already certain of their place at the finals, the Czech Republic will look to complete a Group A double over the Netherlands in their final UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier.

• The Czech Republic are already qualified and are a point behind section leaders Iceland, who visit Turkey in their final game. With their head-to-head records identical – both sides won 2-1 at home – Iceland (+12) hold the upper hand on goal difference over the Czechs (+4) in the event of the teams finishing level on points.

• The Netherlands, who must beat the Czech Republic to have any chance of a play-off place, are two points behind Turkey and are also behind on head-to-head record. Should Turkey avoid defeat against Iceland, the Oranje would miss their first UEFA EURO finals since 1984.

Previous meetings
• Substitute Václav Pilař's added-time strike gave the Czechs a 2-1 win when the sides met in Prague on 9 September 2014.

• The Netherlands' record in 19 games against Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic is W5 D4 L10 (W3 D3 L2 in the Netherlands).

• Their record against the post-independence Czech Republic is W3 D3 L4.

• Czechoslovakia defeated the Netherlands 3-1 after extra time in Zagreb in the semi-finals of the 1976 UEFA European Championship and went on to beat West Germany in the decider.

Form guide
• The Netherlands lost their last home qualifier 1-0 to Iceland. Prior to that, they were unbeaten in 37 competitive home matches (W33 D4) – a run that stretched back to a 2-0 loss to Portugal in October 2000.

• The Czechs have won five of their last six away qualifiers – the exception being a 2-1 loss to Iceland in June.

Disciplinary
• The latest booking list is available here: http://www.uefa.org/disciplinary/disciplinary-cases/booking-lists/index.html.

Trivia and links
• In 42 UEFA club competition meetings, Czech teams have the record W15 D15 L12. AFC Ajax eliminated FK Jablonec in this season's UEFA Europa League play-offs, while FC Groningen will take on FC Slovan Liberec twice in the UEFA Europa League group stage in the coming weeks.

• The nations have met 17 times in UEFA age-group tournaments, with six wins for each and five draws.

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