It was heartache for the Republic of Ireland two years ago, although Giovanni Trapattoni’s side comfortably beat Estonia over two legs to be among the sixteen teams travelling to Poland and Ukraine, while the Czechs cruised through.
There is no reason why Ireland can’t win this match against a Czech side that only squeezed through in the group stage at the expense of Scotland and there was a dubious call at Hampden Park which enabled them to sneak a point.
The men in green are a best price 13/10 (Betfred free bets) to claim victory compared to the 11/10 that can be found elsewhere and this could be a game where Sunderland winger James McClean makes his debut, even if it’s from the bench.
Robbie Keane tends to preserve his best performances for the national team, although will he or his team-mates be able to find the net against the impressive Petr Cech, who has just won Czech sportsman for the 5th occasion.
Keane is an 11/2 chance (Coral bookmaker) to score the first goal of the game, with the visitors as big as 5/2 to claim victory in Dublin.