Croatia vs Spain
UEFA Nations League
Date: Thursday, 15 November 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadion Maksimir (Zagreb).
Jordi Alba returns to the squad and looks set to begin at left-lower back, even as Spain are lacking right-back Dani Carvajal, midfielders Koke and Thiago, and forward Diego Costa through injury.
Croatia haven't any principal injury worries, with the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Matteo Kovacic, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic all inside the squad.
Croatia are yet to score a goal within the Nations League, with their 6-zero defeat to Spain accompanied up by a zero-zero draw with England.
With Mario Mandzukic retiring from worldwide football, Eintracht Frankfurt striker Ante Rubic is likely to guide the line for the hosts despite the fact that the 25-year-old has only netted two times in 23 appearances.
Spain have had no hassle finding the lower back of the net, scoring 14 instances within the four matches of Luis Enrique's tenure, even though throughout the ones 4 matches the only clean sheet they have got kept is in opposition to Croatia.
Croatia vs Spain Predictions
Croatia loved their satisfactory ever showing at an worldwide event this summer as they reached the final of the World Cup in Russia earlier than falling to a 4-2 defeat to France at the Luzhniki Stadium. For the likes of Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic, that run changed into just rewards for the superb work they have finished in making Vatreni one of the more tough teams to stand in international football over latest years.
Since the World Cup though it hasn't been the great of times for Zlatko Dalic's prices. They again to movement with a friendly draw at Portugal earlier than being hammered 6-0 by Spain inside the reverse fixture of this Nations League conflict, before being held to a home draw via England last month. Modric and co did control a friendly win over minnows Jordan last day trip even though and you could again them for revenge here at 27/10
It become a hard summer season for Spain as they didn't banish the demons of the 2014 World Cup, where they had been knocked out in the group degrees because the holders of the competition. This time round they just about managed to aspect thru a group that protected Iran and Morocco alongside neighbours Portugal, earlier than being dumped out of the competition on penalties by using hosts Russia inside the Round of sixteen.
Julen Lopetegui left the job at the eve of the match to take over at Real Madrid, in which he has when you consider that been sacked, and Luis Enrique has taken over the reins in view that then. The former Barcelona boss won his first three games in price towards England, Croatia and Wales before falling to his first defeat, a 2-three home loss to the Three Lions closing day trip.
Croatia vs Spain Match Stats
Croatia have won simplest one in all their remaining 5 video games in all competitions
Spain meanwhile have won three of their 4 submit-World Cup fixtures
The opposite fixture ended in a thumping 6-0 win for l. A. Roja in September
Croatia vs Spain: Head-to-head
Spain lead the head to head tie through two wins getting into their eighth encounter with the Blazers.
Teams met every other at EURO 2016 in France when Croatia took a 2-1 victory in the institution degree.
Three or greater goals have been seen in three of closing 4 head to head affairs.
Croatia vs Spain: Prediction
Luis Enrique won’t be able to anticipate the likes of Paco Alcacer, Diego Costa and Marcos Alonso right here. However, Iago Aspas played thoroughly of late for Celta Vigo and he'll no doubts be a huge chance to Croatia’s goal at the night. Interestingly, Jordi Alba lower back to the squad and is anticipated to function the starting line-up at Maksimir.
Croatia sit down at the very foot of the institution standings with a unmarried factor from two games and this is their last chance to try to seize up with the rest of the organization. However, Zlatko Dalic’s men didn't create up the front ever considering Mario Mandzukic retired from the country wide crew.
Spain are bookies’ favourites, however we assume a as an alternative tight contest as Under 2.5 goals FT appears appealing at 1.72. Braver punters can shoot for the draw at 3.30.
Croatia vs Spain: Bet Tips
Under 2.Five dreams FT @ 1.Seventy two (8/eleven)
Draw @ 3.30 (23/10).