Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Forget every other World Cup qualifier on Friday night, Croatia v Serbia (March 22, 2013, kick off 17.00 GMT) is an absolutely humongous match and not just due to its importance in Group A.
This is the first time ever Croatia have faced Serbia in international football and the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb will be heavy with much wider significance than just football with historical, cultural and political ties fresh in the memory as well as, crucially, a recent war.
So how can you watch Croatia v Serbia on our live video streaming service?
Bet365 are showing Croatia v Serbia live, legal and straight onto your computer via 101 Great Goals. Simply click on this link or the Live Streaming tab above and follow the simple step-by-step instructions to watch.
NOTE: Be aware that Bet365 have some geographical restrictions on this broadcast, whilst those without a Bet365 account will need to deposit money in an account to watch the match.
Croatia v Serbia is not available in Canada, Spain, Andorra, Croatia, Serbia, Germany, Carribbean, Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Italy, San Marino the Vatican City (!) and USA but can be watched in the UK and Ireland and anywhere else not mentioned above.
Billed as the “Match of the decade” there has been massive excitement and trepidation about this fixture ever since the World Cup qualifying groups were announced. There will be no Serbia fans in attendance with a similar policy for the rematch in Belgrade.
From a purely football perspective, Serbia can ill afford a defeat having picked up just four points from their opening four matches.
Croatia meanwhile are level on points (10) with Group A leaders Belgium and start as favourites going into this explosive encounter.
The hosts were impressive at Euro 2012 and have pulled off some note worthy results in qualifying so far, including a 1-1 draw in Belgium, two victories over Macedonia and a home win over Wales.
Serbia meanwhile have blown hot and cold. Smashing Wales 6-1 was a highlight but they were soundly beaten at home by Belgium and lost away in Macedonia.
In truth though, recent form is almost irrelevant for this match with human emotion set to play a major role.
All eyes will be on Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who has a Serbian father and Croatian mother, and is one of the most divisive figures in the Balkans – which is almost an understatement.
Mihajlovic shares a long and troubled history with Croatia coach Igor Stimac with this sideshow on the touchline likely to be just as keenly watched as much as what happens on the pitch.
Even if Croatia v Serbia finishes 0-0, which is highly unlikely given the attacking talent on both sides, there will likely be enough incident and drama to keep both nations on tenter hooks until the rematch in September.