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Iceland will look to grab top spot in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A as they welcome the Czech Republic, after an own goal settled their last meeting.

The top two are coming together in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A with Iceland eager to avenge a defeat by the Czech Republic in their last encounter.

Previous meetings
• It took a Jón Dadi Bödvarsson own goal to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 win against Iceland when the sides met in Plzen last November.

Iceland's record in nine games against the Czech Republic and Czechoslovakia is now W1 D1 L7 (W1 D0 L3 against the Czech Republic alone).

• Atli Edvaldsson's Iceland produced a major upset by beating Jozef Chovanec's Czech Republic team 3-1 in their previous competitive home meeting, a FIFA World Cup qualifier on 1 September 2001. Eyjólfur Sverrisson (45, 77) and Andri Sigthórsson (66) scored for Iceland, before Marek Jankulovski (88) replied for the Czechs.

Form guide
Iceland have won all of their Group C games except for their loss to the Czech Republic. They are unbeaten in five competitive home matches (W4 D1) and have not conceded in their last four competitive outings at Laugardalsvöllur.

• The Czech Republic (W4 D1) are one of 11 sides still unbeaten in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying at the halfway stage, along with Belgium, Wales, Slovakia, Poland, England, Romania, Austria, Sweden, Croatia and Italy.

• The Czechs have won their last four competitive away games.

Trivia and links
Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech and Iceland forward Eidur Gudjohnsen were team-mates at Chelsea FC from 2004 to 2006.

• The Czech Republic's record in nine UEFA age-group tournament matches against Iceland is W7 D2 L0.

• The record of Czech clubs in ten UEFA encounters with their Icelandic counterparts is W8 D2 L0.

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