Kick-off: 1945, 11/09/2018
Stadium: Martinez Valero
TV: Sky Sports
Spain made a positive start to the new Nations League tournament when beating England and can follow up by seeing off World Cup runners-up Croatia.
Luis Enrique’s side were worthy 2-1 winners at Wembley, while their next opponents warmed up for this clash with a 1-1 friendly draw in Portugal.
We’re expecting a high-class contest in Alicante and 7/4 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game is our initial Spain vs Croatia prediction.
A Look At Spain’s Betting Odds
Spain fell behind early on against England as Marcus Rashford swept home Luke Shaw’s exceptional pass, but Saul Niguez and Rodrigo turned the match on its head.
La Roja enjoyed a slice of good fortune when a potential late equaliser was ruled out for a foul on David De Gea.
However, Gareth Southgate admitted: “Over the 90 minutes, we have to accept that Spain were better than us for long periods of the game.”
Recently-appointed Spain head coach Luis Enrique agreed, adding: “We have to think about the whole match and I think we deserved to win.”
There were obvious excuses for Spain’s disappointing World Cup effort following the bizarre departure of Julen Lopetegui and Enrique seems to have quickly steadied the ship.
Valencia striker Rodrigo really caught the eye at Wembley, having already netted against Atletico Madrid in La Liga this season.
A Look At Croatia’s Betting Odds
Croatia will be keen to maintain the momentum gained from an excellent showing at Russia 2018, where they beat England in the semis before losing out to France in the final.
Ivan Perisic’s close-range volley put them in front against Portugal on 18 minutes, but Pepe levelled with a header for the hosts, who were without Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ivan Rakitic was rested in Faro and Luka Modric came off after 55 minutes, so Zlatko Dalic does seem to be taking this competition seriously.
However, the retirement of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and striker Mario Mandzukic will affect the Blazers, who looked pretty open at the back versus Portugal.
If the World Cup is anything to go by, this should be entertaining and full of end-to-end action, so 3/1 for a home win and both teams to score completes our Spain vs Croatia betting tips.
England 1-2 SPAIN – Saul Niguez, Rodrigo
Portugal 1-1 CROATIA – Ivan Perisic
Head-to-head: Croatia 2-1 Spain, Croatia 0-1 Spain, Spain 2-1 Croatia, Croatia 0-0 Spain, Spain 3-1 Croatia, Spain 0-2 Croatia
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