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The Czech Republic can confirm their place at UEFA EURO 2016 if they beat Latvia in Group A, provided the Netherlands fail to win their away game against Turkey.

The Czech Republic know a win in Latvia could confirm their place at UEFA EURO 2016, provided the Netherlands do not beat Turkey elsewhere in Group A.

• The following players are a yellow card away from a ban: Borek Dockal, David Limberský (Czech Republic), Kaspars Gorkšs, Valērijs Šabala, Eduards Višņakovs and Artūrs Zjuzins (Latvia).

Previous meetings
• On 28 March Václav Pilař equalised in the last minute in Prague after Aleksejs Višņakovs had put Latvia ahead, the resulting 1-1 draw nonetheless an impressive scoreline for the visitors.

• It was the first time Latvia had avoided defeat in four meetings with the Czech Republic.

• They first faced off at the finals of UEFA EURO 2004, Karel Brückner's Czechs beating Aleksandrs Starkovs's Latvia 2-1 in Aveiro thanks to a late Marek Heinz goal.

• The teams for that game on 15 June 2004 were:
Czech Republic: Čech*, Grygera (Heinz 56), Galásek (Šmicer 64), Bolf, Jankulovski, Poborský, Koller, Rosický*, Nedvěd, Baroš (Jiránek 87), Ujfaluši.
Latvia: Koļinko*, Stepanovs, Astafjevs, Zemļinskis, Blagonadeždins, Isakovs, Bleidelis, Verpakovskis (Pahars 81), Rubins, Prohorenkovs (Laizāns 72), Lobaņovs (Rimkus 90).

• Marians Pahars, a substitute in that match, is now Latvia coach.

*have been selected for UEFA EURO 2016 games

Form guide
• Latvia are still without a win in three Group A home fixtures (D1 L2).

• The Czechs were on a four-match competitive winning streak on the road prior to their 2-1 defeat in Iceland in their most recent Group A away game.

• The Czech Republic have scored at least once in their last 11 competitive away fixtures since a 0-0 draw in Wales in June 2007.

Trivia and links
• Latvia forward Valērijs Šabala has played club football in the Czech Republic with FK Jablonec. He scored his side's late equaliser in Turkey in their last Group A game.

 

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