Czech Republic vs. Italy: 5 Key Battles to Watch

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Czech Republic vs. Italy: 5 Key Battles to Watch
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The Czech Republic's clash with Italy looks set to be one of the ties of this World Cup qualifying round, even if the Bohemians are not the force they once were.

The hosts actually have an enviable record against Italy, winning two and losing just one of four matches that the two sides have contested in official competition. Unfortunately, the glory days of Patrik Berger, Karel Poborsky and Pavel Nedved are gone. 

Italy are heavily favoured even away from home, and will look to increase their three-point lead over Bulgaria at the top of Group B. The Bulgarians are two points ahead of the Czechs but having played one game more, a win for the home side in this game would see them jump to second, two points behind Cesare Prandelli's Azzurri. 

So what are the key battles to watch?

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