Kick-off: 1945, 15/11/2018
TV: Sky Sports
Spain will seal a place in the Nations League finals if they win against Croatia and that can motivate them to claim victory in Zagreb.
La Roja romped to a sensational 6-0 success when taking on the World Cup runners-up on home turf in Elche just a couple of months ago.
We’re not expecting such an emphatic triumph this time, but Luis Enrique’s side are fancied to come out on top at 11/10 in our initial Croatia vs Spain prediction.
A Look At Croatia’s Betting Odds
Croatia put in a heroic effort to reach the Russia 2018 decider, coming from behind to edge out England in the semis before being beaten 4-2 by France.
However, they seem to have rested on their laurels since returning from that tournament, with club football looking more of a priority in between major international events.
Drawing 1-1 with Portugal in a Faro friendly was a fair effort, but then came that embarrassing debacle in Spain.
England hit the woodwork twice and wasted several other great chances in a goalless stalemate behind closed doors in Rijeka.
Zlatko Dilic did land a friendly win over Jordan at the same venue, but fewer than 5,000 fans turned up for that mediocre 2-1 triumph against lowly opposition.
Star names such as Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic are available to face Spain, but how much hunger and desire they will have for this competition is questionable.
Looking at the Croatia vs Spain odds, we like 12/5 for the free-scoring visitors to prevail and over 2.5 goals in the game.
A Look At Spain’s Betting Odds
After being disrupted by the untimely departure of Julen Lopetegui when disappointing at the World Cup, Spain started Enrique’s reign with a bang.
England were beaten at Wembley more comprehensively than the 2-1 scoreline suggests, Croatia were hit for six and Wales thumped 4-1 in Cardiff.
However, the honeymoon period ended in emphatic fashion when England raced into a 3-0 half-time lead in Seville last month.
Paco Alcacer pulled one back on 58 minutes but the Three Lions then held firm until Sergio Ramos grabbed a consolation goal deep into stoppage time.
Enrique admitted England were worthy winners but insisted he would “take positives” from the second-half rally.
He added: “Our Nations League group is very difficult, but we have still got one more game, we have to win to qualify and that’s the best news, because we depend on ourselves.”
We’re hoping that setback will help to keep Spain focused on the job in hand and feel they are worth sticking with.
Real Madrid midfielder Isco is fit again after missing the England match and appeals at 7/1 to score first for our Croatia vs Spain betting tips.
CROATIA 2-1 Jordan – Domagoj Vida, Matej Mitrovic
SPAIN 2-3 England – Paco Alcacer, Sergio Ramos
Head-to-head: Spain 6-0 Croatia, Croatia 2-1 Spain, Croatia 0-1 Spain, Spain 2-1 Croatia, Croatia 0-0 Spain, Spain 3-1 Croatia
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