EUROPA: FIFA World Cup - qualifiers
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
Over the period of current qualification campaign Croatia was bright favorite of the 9 European group. But two recent away defeats to Iceland and Turkey with the same score 1:0 had saved intrigue of the champions’ race at this sextet.
In two last decisive matches against Finland (on the 6th of October) and Ukraine (on the 9th of October) the Blazers won’t be supported either by the center back of Liverpool Dejan Lovren and center forward of Milan Nikola Kalinić.
The champions’ race of group I
According to the results of 8 spent rounds, the champions’ race of the 9th group is as follow:
Croatia – 16, Iceland – 16, Turkey – 14, Ukraine – 14 …
This group also has two underdogs – Finland and Kosovo. But now these two national teams are not claiming for anything they are just finishing their calendar matches. And that is why we are interested only in hosts.
The team of Ante Čačić
In the years since Miroslav Blažević, Croatia traditionally defines the quartet of the most important and untouchable players. 25 years ago these were Zvonimir Boban (Milan), Robert Prosinečki (Barcelona), Davor Šuker (Real), Alen Bokšić (Lazio).
Now the golden quartet consists of Mario Mandžukić (Juventus), Ivan Perišić (Inter), Ivan Rakitić (Barcelona) and Luka Modrić (Real). These football players ensure that the team of Ante Čačić will win.
As things are now with the tournament position, the final distribution of the places at 9 group will be made during the last 10 round. Now Croatia at home arena in Rijeka will host the underdog and here the possible victory of hosts is doubtless.
Croatia – 1.15, draw – 9.00, Finland – 34.00;
Our tip: Croatia (Asian handicap -2) - odds 1.75 Pinnacle