Armenia vs Croatia: Head to head statistics
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With group leaders Türkiye not in action on matchday six, both of these two sides know a victory in Yerevan would see them end the night top of the table.
Croatia returned to qualifying action on Friday, having reached the UEFA Nations League Final over the summer, doing so in some style.
The Blazers demolished Latvia 5-0 at Stadion Rujevica, with Bruno Petković bagging a brace, while Luka Ivanušec, Andrej Kramarić and Mario Pašalić all also got on the scoresheet in Rijeka.
This takes their points tally to seven, after Zlatko Dalić's team were held to a last-gasp 1-1 draw by Wales in Split, before an impressive 2-0 victory in Bursa, both back in March.
Croatia have featured at every edition of the European Championships since 2000, and a victory here would leave them in pole position to maintain that record.
Armenia, in stark contrast, have never qualified for a major tournament in 14 attempts, but there is growing hope that this could be about to change.
In June, Oleksandr Petrakov’s team enjoyed back-to-back wins, first causing a massive shock in Cardiff, deservedly defeating Wales 4-2, before a last-gasp 2-1 home victory over Latvia.
Then, on Friday, the Havakakan looked set to beat Turkey on the road, Artak Dashyan breaking the deadlock in Eskişehir, only for the hosts to salvage a draw right at the death.
This goal saw Armenia slip down to third in the group, really needing to make home advantage count here to keep pace with Group D’s big two.
Only once before have these two teams met, playing out a 1-1 draw in a behind-closed-doors friendly Velika Gorica in June 2021.
This time, in a significantly more high-stakes fixture, will there be a winner at Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium?
Armenia team news
Captain and key centre-back Varazdat Haroyan was shown his third yellow card of the campaign in Eskişehir, meaning he will miss this clash due to suspension.
Armenia’s strengths though lie in attack, namely Grant-Leon Ranos and Lucas Zelarayán, both of whom bagged braces in June’s 4-2 demolition of Wales in Cardiff.
Croatia team news
Luka Modrić, still going strong at 38 years old, will win his 168th cap; only 15 men from any national team have more.
Fellow-midfielder Mateo Kovačić, who bagged a brace in March’s away victory over Türkiye, was an unused substitute on Friday, but is set to return to the XI here.