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Wales v Croatia Prediction & Betting Tips, 13th October 2019

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Wales v Croatia Euro 2020 Qualifiers Preview, 13th October 7.45pm

Wales dropped some poor points away against Slovakia on Thursday and that leaves them three points back of the top two in Group E. But they do have a game in hand over the three teams above them. Croatia are topping the group by three points. Read our Wales v Croatia betting tips for more.

Wales v Croatia Betting Odds*

Croatia 6/4
Wales 21/10
Draw 23/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 11th, 2019 at 9:12 p.m.)


Wales News and Form

Wales played out a 1-1 draw in Slovakia on Thursday, having taken the lead in the first half of the fixture. It does leave them within touching distance of the top two, but there isn’t going to be an easy path to secure automatic qualification for next year’s Finals. Wales do have a game in hand though and because of Slovakia not playing in this round of action, Wales could jump up the table if they get a win.

But that win is going to be hard to get against a good Croatia side. Wales have only produced five goals in the group so far from their five games. They do hold the joint-best defensive record in Group E though along with Croatia. Wales have won their last four home games, all of those by a one-goal margin. They have remained undefeated in their last nine home qualifiers, conceding just one goal in their last five.

Wales v Croatia Head to Head

Croatia were 2-1 winners in the first group meeting
Wales have lost their last four against Croatia
Croatia have scored exactly two goals in each of their last four against Wales
Wales are D1 L4 in their overall head to head with the Croatians

Croatia News and Form

Croatia have posted a W4 D1 L1 record in the group, holding a goal difference of +8. They eased to a 3-0 win over Hungary on Thursday and are now sat in a very strong position with only the two games to play in the group. So it’s likely that they are going to be occupying one of the two automatic qualification places. Will they throw a spanner in the works of Wales’ ambitions?

Croatia took a 2-1 home win over Wales when they met earlier in the campaign, but it is worth a closer look at their away form. Their 4-0 group win in Slovakia, is the only victory that they have taken in their last six away games played (D2 L3). So they have not been travelling particularly well, which should give Wales some hope. Croatia have won just two of their last seven European Championship away qualifiers.

Wales v Croatia Tips & Odds

Draw match outright at 23/10
1-1 correct score at 5/1

* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 11th, 2019 at 9:12 p.m.)

Who will win – Wales v Croatia Predictions

Wales may be able to hang on for a point in this one. Croatia haven’t been producing results away from home, and Wales do have a bit of home form behind them. It’s likely to be a low-scoring game, but the hosts can frustrate the Croatians.

12th October 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting

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Croatia v Hungary Prediction & Betting Tips, 10th October 2019

European Football Betting

Croatia v Hungary Euro 2020 Qualifiers Preview, 10th October 7.45pm

Things are very tight in Group E of Euro 2020 qualification. Croatia are leading the way but with only a one-point advantage over both Slovakia and Thursday’s opponents Hungary. So will the Curtains be able to deliver a home win to leave them in a strong position to lock down a qualification place? Read our Croatia v Hungary betting tips for more.

Croatia v Hungary Betting Odds*

Croatia 4/11
Draw 15/4
Hungary 7/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 9th, 2019 at 3:20 p.m.)


Croatia News and Form

The Croatians are top of Group E but only by the narrow margin of one point. They suffered a shock 2-1 loss on their trip to Hungary earlier in the group and were held to a draw by Azerbaijan. But despite those setbacks, their record of W3 D1 L1 has seen them lead the way in the group. A win in this game will pretty much secure them a place at Euro 2020 next summer as it would move them four points clear of Hungary with two to play.

Croatia’s form is patchy. They are W3 D1 L2 in their last six fixtures (competitive and friendly). A 2-1 home defeat against Tunisia in a friendly back in June snapped a four-match winning streak of home form that they were on. Croatia’s form in European Championship home qualifiers is excellent. They are W6 D2 in their last eight such fixtures but have only nailed the one clean sheet in their last five. But their home scoring is worth noting as they have netted at least two goals in six of their last seven European Championship qualifiers at home.

Croatia v Hungary Head to Head

Croatia have won their last three home games against Hungary
This is the first meeting in Croatia since 1996
Hungary are unbeaten in their last four against Croatia (W1 D3)
There was a 2-1 home win secured by Hungary in the first group meeting

Hungary News and Form

If Hungary could pull off the double over Croatia in this group, they would leave themselves in a fine position. Not only would they be two points clear of Croatia, but would boss the head to head tiebreaker with them if it came down to it. Hungary are on a W3 D2 record in the group, their two reverses happening against Slovakia. That is back to back defeats which Hungary have suffered, a friendly loss in Montenegro being followed by a loss in the qualifiers to Slovakia.

Those were both 2-1 defeats. Hungary have scored in each of their last five games. Hungary have taken a W2 D1 L2 record in their last five European Championship away qualifiers, the losses happening against Greece and Slovakia. They are one of those sides who are a bit hit and miss. Without question, they are a bigger threat on home soil than anything. If you look at their away form in all types of fixtures, they are W1 D2 L5 in their last eight.

Croatia v Hungary Tips & Odds

Croatia to win & both teams to score at 12/5
2-1 correct score Croatia 15/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 9th, 2019 at 3:20 p.m.)

Who will win – Croatia v Hungary Predictions

Croatia were shocked on that trip to Hungary, but they should be able to even things out by winning their home fixture against them. Hungary are not a good away side at all and Croatia on home soil should have enough quality to get the job done. Home win.

9th October 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting

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Slovakia v Croatia Prediction & Betting Tips, 6th September 2019

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Slovakia v Croatia Euro 2020 Qualifiers Preview, 6th September 7.45pm

This is action from Wales’ group in Euro 2020 qualifiers. Slovakia and Croatia are starting this contest level on points in the race for an automatic qualification spot. So there is huge importance riding on this fixture. One of them could gain a huge advantage here, while at the same time, making life difficult for Wales as well. Read our Slovakia v Croatia betting tips for more.

Slovakia v Croatia Betting Odds*

Croatia 21/20
Draw 21/10
Slovakia 3/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 4th, 2019 at 3:52 a.m.)


Slovakia News and Form

It is six points from three games that Slovakia have recorded. Slovakia got their group wins against Hungary and Azerbaijan, while their defeat happened in Wales. Slovakia didn’t have a good Nations League (W1 L3), but their form since then reads W3 L1 in their four played (competitive and friendly). So there has been a bit of an improvement in fortunes from them.

Slovakia have won their last two home games. They haven’t done too badly in recent home European Championship qualifying games. They are W4 D1 L1 in their last six such matches. In each of the wins posted in that sequence (including one over Spain), Slovakia scored at least two goals and they have three clean sheets in their last five home games. They are going to need a big defensive effort here and will know that avoiding defeat keep them well lint the qualification race.

Slovakia v Croatia Head to Head

Croatia are W2 D2 L1 against Slovakia
This is the first competitive meeting between the two nations
Slovakia won the first-ever meeting
Croatia’s two wins over Slovakia have been with clean sheets

Croatia News and Form

World Cup 2018 losing finalists Croatia have had a tough time building on that massive success that they had. The Nations League did not go well for them and they are in a big fight here to secure automatic qualification for Euro 2020. Like Slovakia, Croatia have taken six points from their three games played. This is a tricky away game then because of the pressure of the situation in it.

Since the end of the Nations League campaign, which ended with a 2-1 loss against England, Croatia are W2 L2. Their two wins were on home soil against Azerbaijan and Wales in these qualifiers. Their one away game in that sequence of matches happened out in Hungary, an unexpected 2-1 loss. Croatia do not have winning form away from home in qualifiers for the European Championships. They are W1 D2 L2 in their last five such away games, losing two of their last three.

Slovakia v Croatia Tips & Odds

Outright Draw at 11/5
Slovakia – Draw Double Chance at 8/11
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 4th, 2019 at 3:52 a.m.)

Who will win – Slovakia v Croatia Predictions

Given that Slovakia have been carrying a bit of home form and did get the better of Hungary on home soil in these qualifiers, this should be a tight game. There may be enough quality in the ranks of the home side to avoid defeat.

5th September 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting

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Croatia v Wales Prediction & Betting Tips, 8th June 2019

International Football Betting

Croatia v Wales Euro 2020 Qualifiers Preview, 8th June 2.00pm

Croatia have had mixed fortunes at the start of their Euro 2020 qualification campaign, winning one and losing one. This will be a big home game for them over the Welsh, who are level on points with them but having had played a game less. Equally then for Wales, this is a chance to gain a bit of control at the top of the group. Read our Croatia v Wales betting tips for more.

Croatia v Wales Betting Odds*

Croatia 4/7
Draw 11/4
Wales 5/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 4th, 2019 at 9:22 p.m.)


Croatia News and Form

Croatia opened their campaign with a 2-1 home win over Azerbaijan. They had to fight back from being behind in that game as well. Then came a blow in their second fixture as they lost 2-1 out in Hungary. That leaves them with a bit of a mixed run of form, going W3 D2 L3 in their last eight games. So there has been a natural drop off from them after that epic run to the World Cup Final last summer. They have lost two of their last three games played now which includes their loss against England in their final Nations League match.

Croatia found themselves bottom of their Nations League group behind England and Spain. They were still a tough side to beat there as they took a 3 -2 home win over Spain, having lost 6-0 to them away from home. Then they looked on course for a win at Wembley before England stuck back in the final fifteen minutes to topple them. There has been no clean sheet from Croatia in any of their last five games. However they have scored in each of those fixtures in that sequence.

Croatia v Wales Head to Head

Croatia are W3 D1 from their four previous games against Wales
Croatia have beat Wales in each of the last three meetings
Wales have collected exactly two goals in each of their last three against Croatia
This will be the first meeting since the World Cup 2014 qualifiers

Wales News and Form

This will be the second game in the Euro 2020 qualifier for Wales. They opened with a home win over Slovakia which was so important for them. The Welsh hadn’t been in the greatest of form, so needed that lift. They had lost four of six games prior to that win over Slovakia. Each of the last three wins that Wales have earned have all been by a 1-0 scoreline. They have taken a clean sheet in four for their last five players, so that has been on positive aspect of their game.

They are looking like a side who are struggling for goals at the moment though. Back in the Nations League, they posted a W2 L2 record, beating Ireland twice and losing twice against Denmark. Clearly, their home form in this qualification group is going to be crucial for them and this will be the toughest of the away games in the entire campaign. A point out of it wouldn’t be a disaster for the Welsh.

Croatia v Wales Tips & Odds

Croatia to win by a one-goal margin at 12/5
Under 1.5 goals at 2/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 4th, 2019 at 9:22 p.m.)

Who will win – Croatia v Wales Predictions

Wales may not have the scoring power going forward to be able to topple the Croatians away from home. Croatia are probably going to have enough in the bank to get the win, but there’s every chance that Wales are going to keep things tight. The one goal margin for the home win looks to have good appeal.

5th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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England v Croatia Prediction & Betting Tips, 18th November 2018

International Football Betting

England v Croatia Nations League Preview, 18th November 2.00pm

A win for England against Croatia on the weekend and the Three Lions win their Nations League group and move through to the finals. What a huge success that would be after landing in a tough group and only collecting one point from their opening two games. Now it is there on a plate for them, at home against a side who just had a competitive run out on Thursday. Read our England v Croatia betting tips for more.

England v Croatia Betting Odds*

England 5/6
Draw 5/2
Croatia 10/3
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 14th, 2018 at 11:56 p.m.)


England News and Form

The Three Lions have the chance at winning group A4 of the Nations League. All that they have to do is beat Croatia on Sunday. It’s as straightforward as that. If this game ends in a 0-0 draw like the first meeting did, then Spain win the group and England are safe in second. If it is a score-draw then England are relegated. Similarly, if England lose they will, of course, be relegated. So there is a pretty thin line between success and failure here. England’s form in their last four games is W3 D1 and they look as if they have started to come back to life a little bit again after opening the Nations League with a 2-1 home reverse against Spain.

The took a 3-0 win over the USA in a friendly at Wembley on Thursday and that followed their huge surprise of a 3-2 win out in Spain in the Nations League. So that is back to back games where they have scored exactly three goals. Three of England’s last five games have made it over 2.5 goals. Over 2.5 goals is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm). They have collected a clean sheet in three of their last four games too. Harry Kane was rested against the USA and is the 10/3 first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm). Marcus Rashford has scored in two of England’s three Nations League games.

England v Croatia Head to Head

This will be the third meeting between England and Croatia this year
Croatia took a 2-1 win over England in the 2018 World Cup semi-final (AET)
England are unbeaten in their last four against Croatia (90 minutes)
Four of the last five meetings have made it over 2.5 goals (including AET)
Five of the previous nine have gone over the goal line (including AET)
England are W4 D3 L2 in the head to head against Croatia

Croatia News and Form

Just as England did, Croatia pulled out a shock 3-2 victory over Spain in the Nations League. That was Thursday night which just left the group wide open. Now the Croatians are in the same boat as England where a win sees them finish top, while a loss sees them finish bottom. The minimum they need to avoid relegation is a score draw. Croatia have won their last two games (a friendly against Jordan and the Nations League win over Spain), both by a one-goal margin. Croatia to win by a one-goal margin is at 9/2 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm).

Overall Croatia have picked up a W2 D2 L1 record in their last five games played. Since their World Cup meeting earlier in the year with England, Croatia have had Mario Mandzukic, Vedran Ćorluka and Danijel Subasic all retire. Croatia have been beaten just twice in their last thirteen games and that was their 2018 World Cup Final match against France and then the 6-0 drubbing by Spain in their opening Nations League game. Croatia have conceded in eight of their last ten fixtures so have not been tight at the back which should give England a look in. Both teams to score is at 8/11 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm).

Who will win – England v Croatia Predictions

There will be disappointment if England don’t win this one and at least get some kind of revenge for their World Cup 2018 semifinal loss against Croatia. England have the home advantage and that should help them here to get up enough of a head of steam to see them grab this opportunity.

17th November 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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Croatia v Spain Prediction & Betting Tips, 15th November 2018

International Football Betting

Croatia v Spain Nations League Preview, 15th November 7.45pm

Group A4 could be in for a really exciting finish if Croatia could come up with a win over Spain. England took down the Spaniards in the last round of action to keep things open. If Croatia win this then it would leave qualification to the Nations League Finals and the relegation issues wide open. If Spain win, then the door will be shut in the face of the others in terms of winning the group. Read our Croatia v Spain betting tips for more.

Croatia v Spain Betting Odds*

Spain even money
Draw 23/10
Croatia 11/4* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 15th, 2018 at 9:23 pm p.m.)


Croatia News and Form

Regardless of the outcome of this game, Croatia are going to have to beat England at Wembley in their final group stage match in order to avoid relegation. That’s the upshot of it as they have collected just the one point from their two games so far. But because of a 0-0 draw with England, if they were to topple the Three Lions, it would mean that they would beat England in the head to head and relegate Gareth Southgate’s men. In their last four games, Croatia have gone W1 D2 L1 and they have failed to hit the back fo the net in two of their last three.

Actually, over their last eight games, Croatia have managed to win just one of those fixtures over 90 minutes (D5 L2). That was a recent friendly against Jordan which they won 2-1. Five of their last seven games have gone over 2.5 goals. Over 2.5 goals is at 11/10 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 9:33 pm). Their one home game in the group was the 0-0 draw against England, a game played behind closed doors, and that leaves Croatia with six goals against and no goals scored in their two games. They have also failed to net in three of their last five games against Spain. Both teams NOT to score is at 5/6 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 9:33 pm)

Croatia v Spain Head to Head

Spain crushed Croatia 6-0 in the first Nations League meeting in September
Croatia beat Spain 2-1 at Euro 2016
Spain lead the overall head to head W4 D1 L2
Croatia have only ever played one home fixture against Spain a 2000 0-0 draw
Both teams have scored in four of the previous seven clashes

Spain News and Form

There was a real surprise for Spain as they lost at home against England 3-2 in their last match, which was a result which not many people would have seen coming really. The death snapped a three-match winning streak that they had put together and they were looking all-powerful once again. Still, they have scored at least two goals in each of their last four games and Luis Enrique’s men have produced an average of 3.5 goals per game over their last four fixtures. A Spain 2-0 correct score option is at 8/1 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 9:33 pm).

If Spain gets maximum points out of this trip to Croatia then they will not be able to be caught at the top and will qualify for the Nations League Finals. A draw would leave England needing to beat Croatia by more than six goals for Spain not to win the group. So still, it’s a pretty good outlook for La Roja. Their two home games in the group saw them thrash Croatia 6-0 and then suffer that loss against England.

Sergio Ramos, Rodrigo and Saul are the joint top scorers for Spain in the Nations League with two each. Interestingly they have conceded the opening goal in two of their three Nations League games. The option on Spani to win to nil is at 9/4 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 9:33 pm). Spain have only the one clean sheet in their last six games played.

Who will win – Croatia v Spain Predictions

We can see Spain being good enough to shake off that loss against England and produce the win that they need here. That result against the English was probably just a little anomaly because they had been looking red hot since the World Cup up until then. Croatia haven’t done a lot of winning and we will predict the away win.

12th November 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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Croatia v England Prediction & Betting Tips, 12th October 2018

International Football Betting

Croatia v England UEFA Nations League Preview, 12th October 7.45pm

Both Croatia and England are looking for their first points of the UEFA Nations League having both fallen at the hands of Spain. This will be a quick rematch between these two after Croatia won their World Cup 2018 semi-final duel against the Three Lions. Can England produce a better output against them this time around? Read our Croatia v England betting tips for more.

Croatia v England Betting Odds*

Croatia 13/8
England 7/4
Draw 21/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 8th, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.)


Croatia News and Form

Croatia couldn’t handle Spain, couldn’t handle them at all in their opening Nations League fixture. They were humiliated 6-0 which puts them at a massive disadvantage on goal difference in the group. Before that, as a warm up in a friendly, they had played out a 1-1 draw with Portugal.

Despite their great run at the World Cup, Croatia are actually D4 L2 in their last six games (over 90 minutes). So the winning form isn’t actually there for them. A 1-1 draw in the correct score market looks a decent place to start for this one at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from October 8th, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.).

Croatia were much the better side when they met England at the World Cup with Luka Modric pretty much running the show. England couldn’t match them in terms of creativity. He’s the kind of player England are crying out for. The overall head to head record between England and Croatia stands in favour slightly of the Three Lions at 4-3 with the one drawn match.

Over 90 minutes of action that is England 4-2 up with the two draws. Croatia’s last win over England in 90 minutes was back in the Euro 2008 qualifiers when they took a 3-2 away win. Both teams to score is at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from October 8th, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.) and Croatia have no clean sheet in seven.

England News and Form

England have been leaky at the back as well as the Three Lions try once again to prove that they can live with the best in the world. England are now only W2 D2 L3 in their last seven games (90 minutes) of action. So it’s not a great run of form for them. After their opening Nations League defeat against Spain, a 2-1 loss, they did respond with a 1-0 win over Switzerland.

But both sides were much changed from their usual starting eleven. Harry Kane anytime goalscorer market favourite. However it is Marcus Rashford who has scored England’s last two goals and the Manchester United man is at 2/1 to net anytime* (Betting Odds were taken from October 8th, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.).

Boss Gareth Southgate has brought some new faces into the squad. Borussia Dortmund youngster Jadon Sancho get his chance along with James Maddison and Mason Mount. Other uncapped players in the squad are Marcus Bettinelli, Alex McCarthy and Nathaniel Chalobah. Chelsea’s Ross Barkley has earned a recall while Lewis Dunk gets a first call because of an injury to Burnley defender James Tarkowski.

England’s average age is under 24 for the current squad. It has been a while since England beat anyone of note. Draws against Germany, Brazil and Italy last year were followed by two losses against Belgium at the World Cup, the exit against Croatia and the recent Nations League loss against Spain.

Who will win – Croatia v England Predictions

It is one of those tough situations for England where the performance becomes secondary. Avoiding defeat to at least get a point on the board is going to be the order of the day for them. Back the draw.

9th October 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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Spain v Croatia Prediction & Betting Tips, 11th September 2018

International Football Betting

Spain v Croatia Nations League Preview, 11th September 7.45pm

Spain are entering a new era with head coach Luis Enrique who looks determined to shake them up. They were very direct and positive in their opening Nations League group win over England on the weekend at Wembley. Croatia warmed up with a friendly draw with Portugal last week. Read our Spain v Croatia betting tips for more.

Spain v Croatia Betting Odds*

Spain 4/6
Draw 5/2
Croatia 7/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from Paddy Power on September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.)


Spain News and Form

Spain were very good against England. They looked fresh as they enter a new era. Stalwarts of their golden generation like Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta have gone and they have a new head coach in Luis Enrique. Immediately they looked more assertive, more direct and positive as they are moving away from the tika-taka stuff. England really had no answer to them. They are getting back to home soil after their Wembley excursion and Spain to win to nil is at 7/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.) and that’s worth a poke we feel in Spain v Croatia betting tips.

Even though they bowed out of the World Cup in the round of sixteen on penalties against Russia, Spain are undefeated since their Euro 2016 at the hands of Italy (90 minutes). So there is a lot of strength there still and now as they seem more attack-minded they appear to really be back on the right track. They face a good Croatia side here though of course and in the Paddy Power correct score market the Spain 1-0 option is at 4/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.).

Croatia News and Form

Croatia played out a draw against Portugal in an international friendly back on the 6th September with Ivan Perisic getting their goal. They did get a great deal of attacking momentum going in the match though. That is a D4 L1 record in their last five games now (90 minutes). Defensively they have been having their struggles as they haven’t taken a clean sheet in any of their last six games. So there are vulnerabilities there which may well get exposed by the Spaniards. This will be their first competitive match since their loss to France in the World Cup 2018 Final.

That loss against the French is the only defeat they have suffered since early June this year in a friendly against Brazil. Croatia are on a nine-match scoring streak at the moment however, they have only scored one goal in their last four road games played. So they were not travelling all that well ahead of the 2018 World Cup. We are therefore going to have a look at the game finishing under 2.5 goals at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.).

Spain v Croatia Head to Head

The last time these two were together was at Euro 2016 with Croatia taking a 2-1 win in the match. Spain are 3-2 up though in the overall head to head between two nations with the one draw matches in there. In four of the five wins that have appeared in this fixture, the winner has scored at least two goals.

Who will win – Spain v Croatia Predictions

Spain looked sharp and positive against England and that was a good away win for them. They can take full control of this group now with a home win. Given how well they did play against England, we have to back the home win in our Spain v Croatia predictions.

10th September 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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UEFA Nations League A Group 4 Preview & Winner Odds

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Spain, England and Croatia League A Group 4 Preview

A big test coming up for the Three Lions then in the Nations League. They exceeded expectations in the 2018 World Cup when they made that run to the semi-finals, where they were stopped by, yes Croatia. So those two get a quick reunion after what in itself was a pretty surprising final four fixture at Russia 2018. Spain will be looking to redeem their status after bowing out of the round of sixteen at the tournament.

League A Group 4 Winner Odds*

Spain 4/5
England 5/2
Croatia 3/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on September 1st, 2018 at 11:30 pm)

England

Interesting stuff on the horizon then in this group. England played some hugely positive stuff at the World Cup, at least by their standards and they are 5/2 to excel and win this Nations League group* (betting odds taken on September 1st, 2018 at 11:30 pm). Was that tournament just them punching above their weight or is there really a bright future for them under Gareth Southgate? Can the Three Lions take that positive momentum forward to better things?

There are issues with England, notably, they have no scoring backup to Harry Kane and there isn’t a creative midfielder anywhere to be seen. Still, you would generally expect them to be alright on home soil in these matches. Harry Kane, the World Cup Golden Boot winner is around 16/1 odds* (betting odds taken on September 1st, 2018 at 11:30 pm) to be top goalscorer in the UEFA Nations League.

Croatia

Croatia had resilience in spades at the 2018 World Cup as they reached the final. In each of their three knockout stage games before the final, they had to go through extra time. They looked out on their feet at times but kept digging deeper and found ways to get through and most of it was directed by the brilliance of Luca Modric. Luke England, they have set the bar really high now for themselves. Like England, they have their vulnerabilities at the back.

Spain

Spain suffered a penalty shootout defeat to Russia in the first knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup. They are not anywhere near as good as they were when they were dominating the game and winning everything in front of them. Again, it was a bar raised so high.

Their big weakness really is their defence which is just about the same thing as can be said of England. However, what Spain have is a good crop of young players and they have a steady hand at the helm with Luis Enrique having taking over as head coach. They have the tools. We expect this to be a tight group. A very tight group.

UEFA Nations League Winner Odds*

Spain 4/1
France 4/1
Belgium 5/1
Germany 5/1
Italy 9/1
England 12/1
Portugal 14/1
Croatia 16/1
Switzerland 33/1
Poland 50/1
Netherland 50/1
Iceland 88/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on September 1st, 2018 at 11:30 pm)
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Predictions

Narrow margins is all that this is going to boil down to in the group. As far as we can see it may all be down to who performs the best on the road. Who can show that extra touch of quality on their travels? Despite a good World Cup from both England and Croatia, we are leaning towards Spain.

They have Luis Enrique as head coach to bring some sense to the table and at the end of the day, they have more match winners at their disposal than the other two in the group.

4th September 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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Portugal v Croatia Prediction & Betting Tips, 6th September 2018

International Football Betting

Portugal v Croatia International Friendly Preview, 6th September 7.45pm

This is a very interesting friendly coming up on Thursday night as it puts the European Champions Portugal against Croatia who had that terrific run to the final of the World Cup in the summer. So it will be a good workout for both of them ahead of their respective UEFA Nations League campaign. England fans can watch on with curiosity as the Three Lions will be meeting Croatia in the upcoming Nations League. Read our Portugal v Croatia betting tips for more.

Portugal v Croatia Betting Odds*

Portugal 11/8
Croatia 19/10
Draw 2/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from William Hill on September 2nd, 2018 at 10:20 p.m.)


Portugal News and Form

Portugal’s run at the 2018 World Cup ended in the round of sixteen against Uruguay. After starting with a bang in the first match, a 3-3 draw with Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo faded out of prominence quickly and he wasn’t a major influence for them. He hasn’t joined up with the squad for this and their upcoming game against Italy in the Nations League on Monday, September 10th. So it will be interesting to see how they transition and work without him. Andre Silva is the only player in the current squad to have made it to double figures (12) for his country.

Portugal are actually only W3 D5 L2 in their last ten games, so not exactly the form of European Champions. Most friendly matches do fade away in the second half of matches and under 2.5 goals is at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on September 2nd, 2018 at 10:20 p.m.). Three of the four previous games between the two of them have ended up that way. Portugal are only W2 D2 L1 in their last five international friendly matches, failing to score in two of their last three.

Croatia News and Form

Where do Croatia go after that epic run to the World cup Final in the summer? It will be interesting to see how they follow that up. Was it a one-hit-wonder tournament from them? After winning all three of their group stage matches at the tournament, they drew each of their following three in the knockout rounds, taking their chances in penalty shootouts and in extra time against England in the semi finals.

So they aren’t without their vulnerabilities in defence and actually are without a clean sheet in any of their last five games. In their last four international friendly matches, they have alternated between a loss and a win, both defeats 2-0 losses actually. In the William Hill correct score market, the shortest-priced option is the 1-1 draw at 9/2 odds.

Portugal v Croatia Head to Head

From the four meetings these two have had, they have been relatively low scoring affairs. Both teams have failed to score in each of those four games. The most recent meeting was at Euro 2016 when Portugal struck a 1-0 win in extra time. Portugal holds a W3 D1 record against Croatia.

Who will win – Portugal v Croatia Predictions

We are going to settle on the draw in the match outright for this one. There’s nothing at stake and it is just a workout for both ahead of the Nations League so neither are likely to really at full strength, full force for it. It could be a cagey non-event and the 1-1 correct score appeals too.

3rd September 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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