Spain vs Croatia Preview
This is a clash between one of the biggest disappointments of the World Cup and the biggest positive surprise of the same competition. After England, the Red Fury will definitely want to defeat another semifinalist of the previously mentioned event. The Croats on the other side, opened this year’s UEFA Nation League with a draw in Portugal, in one not so exciting match.
The debut of Luis Enrique on the bench of the Fury was more than successful. Former Barca coach immediately applied several tricks, which he often used in Catalonia, and that gave an excellent result. Even though the English had a momentum once Rashford scored in the 11th minute, the Spanish team quickly bounces back and made a complete turnaround, defeating the Three Lions very confidently in front of 90 thousand spectators at Wembley. Spain played like Barcelona did not so long ago, with many short passes in the central area of the field, and with a deadly cut-ins to the attack. There wasn’t a prolific striker in their starting lineup, but rather a several offensives guys who were constantly making pressure on the rival’s defensive line. One very important statistical data for all of you. The Spaniards have 25 matches in a row with at least one scored goal, and during that span, they have 70:20 goal difference.
After reaching the finals at the World Cup, Croatia, and its players became worldwide popular. Luka Modric is the best player in Europe, and several other players became members of high-profile clubs. They have a few new faces in the squad because some of the veteran players decided to retire from the national team. But that didn’t affect them in some negative way, and 1:1 against the Selecao is our proof for that claim. As always, they want to protect and defend their goal first, and endanger the rival from counter-attack. Pacey players from the middle, led by Modric, can easily make one hell of a transition which eventually produces a goal. But that is not the only weapon they have, because they have one fantastic midfield which can keep the ball for hours in their possession.
Spain vs Croatia Head to Head
So far, we saw only two matches between these nations. They both have one win apiece. The first one was at EURO 2012, held in Poland and Ukraine, where Spain defeated the Croats 1:0. The second one was also at the EURO; only it was 2016, and France. Croatia had more success back then and won 2:1.
Spain vs Croatia Predictions and Betting Tips
This is going to be the game between two teams who are similar to one another. They both like to control the ball, and the tempo of the game, and also they have players with fantastic technique. The only difference is that Spain is a bit more offensive than their next rival. Anyway, after defeating England away from home, the Red Fury is high on morale and they want to impress their fans at home. With all due respect to the Croats, hosts are a better team in this moment, and we suggest to back their win, with the odds at -138.