Place: Maksimir Stadium. Zagreb.
Date: on the 15th of November, 2018 (Thursday)
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+1)
Tournament: UEFA Nations League
The team of Zlatko Dalić began the current campaign with 0:6 in Spain and the home goalless draw with the team of England. Nevertheless, the situation can be changed — it is necessary to win over both rivals to take the first place in group.
Forwards Perišić, Rebić, Pjaca, Kramarić and Brekalo with the help of skilled midfielders Rakitiç and Modrić are called to solve the problem of the scored goals.
Let’s remind, that Mario Mandžukić has finished performances for the national team and decided to focus on club career.
The truth I that the head coach of the national team didn’t deny the quick return of Darijo Srna which stopped the international career after Euro-2016.
The full back who was disqualified for a long period of time shows now quite good level of the game as a football player of Cagliari.
During last qualification campaign Croatia spent 6 home matches and missed only three times. At the same time the team of Dalić won four victories and tied twice with the score 1:1 with the teams of Turkey and Finland.
Luís Enrique’s team decided to play against England (2:3) at home with too high defending line and has paid for this decision.
Fast wingers of the rival “undressed” the defense of Spain and demonstrated to the Croatian national team the factthat it is possible to cope with it.
After the WC Spaniards missed in 75% of matches, the only exception is just the first match with the vice-world champions.
In the first round of the UEFA Nations League against Britain (2:1 away match) and even in the friendly match with the team of Wales (4:1) Spain was indestructible.
Jordi Alba is again playing for Spain despite the conflict with Luís Enrique. A
lso rather new surnames in the list of players attract attention: the goalkeeper of Betis Pau Lopez, full backs Jonatan Otto (Wolverhampton ) and Bryce Portella from Celta, the midfielder of Milan Suso and the midfielder from Villareal Pablo Fornals.
Head-to- heads Croatia vs Spain
Six matches between the rivals were spent and only half of them were official.
The truth is that the only victory of Croatia belongs to the second category, in the final part of Euro-2016 Croats outplayed the Pyrenean national team with the score 2:1.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Croatia vs Spain
Croatia to win – 3.61
Draw – 3.35
Spain to win – 2.13
We believe in the long-awaited goal of the Croatian team in the current tournament and it is quite probable that the team won’t stop with one goal.
Spain is good in the attack, so it will be necessary to score more in order to gain victory.