Croatia vs Wales betting tips: UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier match preview and predictions

Croatia vs Wales prediction: Croatia 1-1 Wales

A heavyweight clash at Stadion Gradski vrt.

These two are two of four teams locked together on three points in a very competitive group E.

Will Wales get a result in Osijek?

DUBLIN, IRELAND – OCTOBER 16: Harry Wilson of Wales celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Croatia vs Wales: Who will win?

Croatia are big favourites at 3/5 to win this one.

Wales are 5/1 to get, what would be, a massive win.

A draw, which would be a great result for Ryan Giggs’ side, is 13/5.

Under 2.5 goals is 8/13.

Both teams to score is 5/4.

Croatia to win and both teams to score is 3/1.

Draw and both teams to score is 9/2.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 11: Ivan Perišić of Croatia celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Andrej Kramarić will lead the line for the home side. He is 10/3 to score first and 7/5 to score anytime.

Ivan Perišić will be looking to add to his 22 international goals. He is 9/2 to score first and 21/10 to do just that.

As ever, Gareth Bale will be Wales’ main threat. He is 13/2 to score first and 14/5 to net in 90 minutes.

Both Andrej Kramarić and Ivan Perišić to score is 13/2.

Both Kramarić and Modrić to score is 12/1.

Both Harry Wilson and Bale to score is 28/1.

Both Joe Allen and David Brooks  to score is 110/1.

Croatia vs Wales: Match preview

Croatia World Cup

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 11: Šime Vrsaljko of Croatia celebrates victory following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Croatia have been unable to hit the heights of last summer.

Of course, they reached the World Cup Final in July, where they lost 4-2 to France in Moscow.

However, since then it has been a struggle for them.

In the autumn, they were in a UEFA Nations League group with Spain and England.

A 6-0 defeat in Spain brought them crashing back down to earth.

That was followed by an uneventful goalless draw at home to England.

A thrilling 3-2 win at home to Spain on matchday five reinvigorated their hopes of survival.

They travelled to Wembley in the final group game knowing that a win would send them through to the Finals.

Anything else though, and they’d be relegated.

Everything looked bright when Andrej Kramarić gave them the lead just before the hour mark.

However, England scored twice late on to send Croatia down to League B.

Their unconvincing post World Cup form continued into the qualifiers.

In their first group game, they hosted the lowest ranked team in the group, Azerbaijan.

However, to everyone’s surprise, the visitors took the lead after just 19 minutes.

Borna Barišić levelled things up just before half time before Kramarić netted the winner late on.

Three days later they were in Budapest to take on Hungary.

This time around, Ante Rebić gave them the lead early on.

However, Hungary roared back and eventually caused a big upset by winning 2-1.

This side are certainly not at the peak of their powers but will they still have too much for Wales?

Wales to upset the odds in Osijek?

Chris Mepham

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 06: Wales player Chris Mepham in action during the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium on September 6, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Can Wales take advantage of their host’s poor form?

Ryan Giggs’ side have played just one Euro qualifier so far as they were the side to sit out matchday one.

However, they took maximum points.

Dan James slammed home his first ever Wales goal in a narrow, nervy 1-0 win over Slovakia at the Cardiff City Stadium.

That could be a massive win in, what will be, a group decided by fine margins.

That result means that Ryan Giggs has now won three of his five competitive games in charge.

During the Nations League, they beat Republic of Ireland twice, 4-1 in Cardiff and 1-0 in Dublin.

However, two defeats to Denmark meant they missed out on promotion to League A.

This is the first of two massive away games for Wales.

On Tuesday they’ll face Hungary in Budapest and Giggs will have a much clearer idea of where his team is after these two games.

Will they leave Osijek with a point or even all three?

Croatia team news vs Wales

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 16: Luka Modrić of Croatia celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group match between Croatia and Nigeria at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Croatia are without some key personnel for this one and are certainly not at full strength.

The retirement of Danijel Subašić and Mario Mandžukić after the World Cup could be a key reason behind their poor form.

However, a further nine players have withdrawn from this squad due to injured.

Despite only making seven appearances for Aston Villa, who he joined in January, Lovre Kalinić is likely to keep his place in goal.

The first choice full-backs, Šime Vrsaljko and Josip Pivarić, are both injured.

So, Borna Barišić of Rangers and Tin Jedvaj (a centre-back by trade) are likely to deputise.

Domagoj Vida and Dejan Lovren are the first choice centre-backs and will start.

In midfield, there’s no Ivan Rakitić and Marko Rog.

Still, it’ll be a very strong midfield trio of Mateo Kovačić, Marcelo Brozović and Ballon d’Or winning captain Luka Modrić.

Up front, Ante Rebić is injured.

The likely deputies to him would be either Nikola Vlašić or Marko Pjaca but they too are out.

Josip Brekalo is expected to get the nod over Bruno Petković.

They do have the other two components of their regular front three.

Ivan Perišić and Andrej Kramarić have 35 international goals between them and will be a threat.

Will this injury hit, but strong, side be just too good for Wales?

Wales team news vs Croatia

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 06: Aaron Ramsey of Wales celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium on September 6, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

As for Wales, they too are not at full strength.

Despite the fact he’s not first choice at Crystal Palace, Wayne Hennessey will win his his 83rd cap in goal.

Ahead of him, will be a very young side.

Connor Roberts will keep his place at right-back.

At centre-back, Ashley Williams’ poor form for Stoke means he’ll be left out with James Lawrence and Chris Mepham likely to start once again.

At left-back Ben Davies, Declan John and Paul Dummett have all been left out of the squad so Neil Taylor will win his 43rd cap.

In midfield, Aaron Ramsey will not recover in time.

A big blow.

But, Ethan Ampadu is back and he’ll be the anchor alongside Joe Allen.

Further forward, Dan James is unlikely to feature after the death of his father a couple of weeks ago.

Even without James, they still have a frightening attacking trio.

Harry Wilson, David Brooks and Tom Lawrence are all likely to start in this massive away game.

Up front, will be Wales’ talisman.

Gareth Bale has now scored 31 goals for his countries and will continue as the focal point of this side.

The average age of the ten outfielders is just 24.

Will this young side leave Croatia with a famous, and potentially crucial, result?

Predicted Croatia line-up vs Wales

Predicted Croatia line-up vs Wales

Predicted Croatia line-up vs Wales.

Predicted Wales line-up vs Croatia

Predicted Wales line-up vs Croatia

Predicted Wales line-up vs Croatia.

Nations League highlights: Croatia 3-2 Spain

Nations League highlights: England 2-1 Croatia

Nations League highlights: Wales 4-1 Republic of Ireland

Nations League highlights: Republic of Ireland 0-1 Wales

Euro qualifier highlights: Wales 1-0 Slovakia

The latest tweets from Croatia pre Wales

The latest tweets from Wales pre Croatia

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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