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.
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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.
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 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.
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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
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.
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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 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
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 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
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.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 4th, 2019 at 3:52 a.m.)
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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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 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
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.
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