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Croatia vs Latvia betting tips: Euro 2024 qualifier preview, predictions, team news and odds

Croatia vs Latvia: Head to head statistics

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Croatia vs Latvia match preview

Croatia came agonisingly close to a first-ever piece of major silverware during the summer, but must now refocus on booking their place at next year’s European Championships.

In June, Zlatko Dalić’s team reached the UEFA Nations League Final, courtesy of a 4-2 semi-final victory over hosts Netherlands in Rotterdam.

Four days later though, Croatia were denied a maiden trophy, beaten on penalties by Spain at De Kuip, following a dower goalless draw, with Lovro Majer and Bruno Petković the men to miss from 12 yards.

This though does reinforce the fact that the Blazers remain one of the strongest teams around, but they still have work to do, aiming to reach a sixth successive European Championships.

As they began this campaign in March, the Checkered Ones were held to a 1-1 draw by Wales in Split, conceding in the 94th minute, before a very impressive 2-0 victory over Türkiye.

Mateo Kovačić bagging a very rare brace at Bursa Büyükşehir Belediye Stadyumu.

Here, a home win should be a formality in Rijeka, given that Latvia are Group D’s whipping boys.

So far, Dainis Kazakevičs’ side have lost all three matches in this group, defeated 1-0 in Cardiff, 2-0 by Türkiye in Rīga and then 2-1 in Armenia.

In both fixtures in June, Latvia conceded a winner in stoppage time, notably equalising against Turkey at Skonto stadions in the 94th minute, only to concede straight from kick off.

Nevertheless, they do remain winless in six competitive fixtures, a streak that’ll surely be extended to seven at Stadion Rujevica, with Croatia overwhelming favourites to prevail.

Croatia team news

At the age of 37, Luka Modrić is still going strong, set to win his 167th cap.

Mateo Kovačić and Marcelo Brozović will complete a very impressive midfield trio, while Spurs’ Ivan Perišić is the top-scorer in the squad with 33.

Latvia team news

Roberts Uldriķis is Latvia’s main goal-threat, having scored a stunner in Dublin in March.

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