Saturday 8 June, kick-off 7.45pm
Gradski Vrt – Euro 2020 Qualifying
Wales face their toughest qualifying fixture in this Euro 2020 preview, as Ryan Giggs takes his team to Osijek. World Cup runners-up Croatia await the Dragons, who are looking to inflict a second successive defeat on their hosts. Croatia have never lost a European Championship qualifier at home though, while they’re unbeaten in 23 fixtures on home soil.
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What’s the story with Croatia vs Wales?
Is Croatia vs Wales on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on Sky Sports.
What happened last time? These teams last met in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Croatia won their home game 2-0, and recovered from going behind to a Gareth Bale penalty to win the return 2-1 in Swansea.
What are the Croatia vs Wales odds? Croatia are 6/10 in your Euro 2020 predictions this weekend, while Wales are priced at 11/2 with Betfair. The draw’s 29/10 with the same bookmaker, who are offering up to £100 in free bets when you register here.
Remember that time…Wales didn’t lose to Croatia? The countries have only ever played each other four times, with Croatia winning three of those fixtures. Wales got a 1-1 draw in Varazdin the first time they met though, back in 2002. The same score this weekend is priced at 13/2.
Team news and form
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Reigning FIFA World Player of the Year Luka Modric will captain the home team in these Croatia v Wales predictions. His partner in midfield crime, Ivan Rakitic, is absent though. The Barcelona man has pulled out through injury, along with one of Croatia’s World Cup stars, Ante Rebic. Dejan Lovren will play in central defence despite dropping out of Liverpool’s starting XI ahead of their Champions League triumph.
Last six: LWLLWW
Gareth Bale may be surplus to requirements at Real Madrid, but he remains the star turn for Wales. There’s no Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey due to injury, while Manchester United target Daniel James could win his third cap. Chris Gunter is set for his 95th international appearance in this football prediction, as he aims to become the first Welsh player in history to reach a century of caps.
Croatia vs Wales prediction, preview and betting tips
Croatia haven’t had the best of times since the World Cup final. Including their loss to France at Russia 2018, the Vatreni have only won three of their last nine fixtures. Wales meanwhile fell to a disappointing defeat to Denmark in their Nations League decider, but come into these football predictions following back-to-back wins.
Daniel James’s first international goal five minutes into his competitive debut handed Wales a 1-0 victory over Slovakia in their Euro 2020 qualifying opener. There’s some exciting young talent available to Ryan Giggs, including the likes of David Brooks, Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn and Ethan Ampadu. The Welsh boss could throw most of them in at the deep end here, although there could be a more conservative line-up in this Croatia v Wales prediction considering the status of their hosts.
Croatia may be struggling to hit the heights of last summer, but they’re still a force to be reckoned with. The likes of Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Ivan Perisic are quality players, and the home team are the clear favourites. Since a goalless draw with England in an empty stadium back in October, they’ve won their last three home games.
The Kockasti haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of those games though, while Wales possess one of the world’s most feared forwards in Gareth Bale. That’s why we’re backing both teams to score at 13/10 in your free football betting tips for this game. You can add Croatia to that as the winners for 10/3 with bet365.
Four of Croatia’s last five matches have finished with a 2-1 scoreline. Zlatko Dalic’s side have won two of those, and they are 8/1 for a third in your football score predictions. That result would be a repeat of the last meeting between the countries. If you’re after a scorecast in your Croatia vs Wales betting tips, add Andrej Kramaric as the first scorer for 50/1.
Croatia vs Wales first goalscorer predictions
Kramaric scored the winner against Azerbaijan in Croatia’s Euro 2020 qualifying opener. He also opened the scoring in his country’s last two Nations League games, against England and Spain. The Hoffenheim forward is 5/1 with Betfair to break the deadlock once again in this game, after scoring 21 goals in his last 30 games for club and country. Bale meanwhile is available at 9/1 with the same bookmaker, as he aims to show Real Madrid they’re making a serious mistake in disposing of his services. Wales’s record scorer is 82/1 to open the scoring but see his country go down 2-1 on Saturday.
Croatia to win
Both teams to score
Croatia to win and both teams to score
Bale to score first and Croatia to win 2-1
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