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Villa promising Scottish boost

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Spain striker David Villa is promising to throw Scotland lifeline and beat Czech Republic in their penultimate European Championship qualifying group game.

With Scotland visiting Group I wiping boys Liechtenstein on Saturday, they could leap frog the Czechs going into the final round of matches.

However, that would require Spain beating Czech Republic in Praha, a defeat that the Barcelona striker is confident of inflicting.

"I expect a very difficult game against them. We played them in March in Grenada and we went 1-0 down and were in trouble.

"It was very hard work to turn the match around, but I managed to score both goals. We know this game is like the European Championship final to the Czechs.

 

Despite his confidence, the 29-year-old has some bad news for Scot fans dreaming of a play-off birth, with Villa stating he still expects their Friday opponents to qualify at the expense of Scotland, who face the reigning World and European Champions on Tuesday.

"Prague is a difficult place to go and win and we expect a tough match," he added. "They will be motivated playing us anyway, but there is also the battle between them and the Scots for second place.

"I think we will win the game, but the Czechs will go into the play-offs. I hope they qualify."

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