Nations League Final: Croatia vs Spain Prediction, Preview, and Odds (June 18)

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  • Spain will be competing in their second straight Nations League final
  • Croatia eliminated host nation Holland in the semi-finals

A fascinating Nations League final is set for this weekend, as Spain and Croatia will lock horns in Rotterdam. The Spanish will be looking to go one better than they managed in the previous edition of the tournament, while Croatia will be chasing a first major trophy in their history. 

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday, June 18, 2023, at 2:30 p.m ET
  • Where: De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • How To Watch: ESPN


Match ResultOdds

Match Preview

Spain will come into this weekend’s Nations League final as the commanding favorite in the betting to avenge their defeat in the previous edition of the tournament against France. The Spanish needed their fair share of luck to reach this stage, as Joselu netted the winner in their semi-final with just two minutes of the 90 remaining.

However, Spain was good value for that success against Italy. Yeremy Pino had put the Spanish into the lead after just three minutes, but they were pegged back after just eleven on the clock as the Italians leveled from the spot. But, Spain will once again dominate the possession, and there will be confidence that they can create chances against an aging Croatian side.

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Croatia played the role of villains in their semi-final clash in midweek, as they eliminated the Netherlands in a thrilling encounter. They may have thought that they had done enough to win the game in 90 minutes, but the Dutch forced extra time following a dramatic 96th minute equalizer.

However, this Croatian side has shown their resilience throughout recent history, and they were able to recompose to score twice in extra-time to secure a 4-2 success. The final goal of the match was scored in the 116th minute by the timeless Luka Modric. 

Croatia vs Spain Prediction

Goals have been in abundance in the previous encounters between these sides, with each of the last three seeing over 4.5 match goals being scored. However, we will be siding with Croatia winning a first major piece of silverware this weekend, as we believe that they have the experience to get over the line.

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Alex Dudley
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