⚽️ Competition: Euro 2020 Qualification, Group. E
🗓 Date: 16.11.2019
🏟 Location: Stadion HNK Rijeka
💡 Betting Tips: 1/1 HT/FT
📈 Odds: 2.30
💳 Stake: 6/10 units
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Slowly but surely the field of participants of the EURO 2020 takes shape. No later than next Tuesday evening, it will be clear which 20 teams were able to solve the direct ticket to the European Championship finals next summer.
Croatia vs Slovakia Free Betting Tips
The Croats, meanwhile, do not want to be patient any longer and are already aiming for their successful qualification for the pan-European major event on Saturday. The runner-up of the 2018 is finally missing only one point to seal the victory in Group E.
This should definitely be retractable on the weekend when Croatia gets to do it with Slovakia, according to bookmakers’ odds. The team of coach Zlatko Dalic is the favorite in the direct duel and would certainly like to tie to the first leg from September in terms of both the result and the performance.
In Trnava, the “Vatreni” showed their whole class, won 4-0 and thus laid the foundation for holding the participation in the EURO 2020 in their own hands. If the Croats surprisingly lose on Saturday night, by the way, the world ranking list is still hoping for support from the Welsh, who should not lose in the final group match on Tuesday against the Hungarians. Even the Slovaks would not be safe in the event of an away win at the European Championships.
We present Croatia vs Slovakia, however, the prediction that the whole calculation will remain only waste. The home side have so far won all three competitive games this year in front of their home crowd and should throw the existing quality advantages again this time profitably into the pan.
So there is no doubt about an unexpected result, between Croatia and Slovakia, even a hint for a start-finish win by the hosts seems anything but unlikely.
Croatia – Statistics & Current Form
It has been 19 years since the Croatian national team last missed a European Championship finals. In qualifying for the EURO 2000 in the Netherlands and Belgium, the then World Cup Third Yugoslavia and Ireland had to bow and finally follow the first major football event of the new millennium in front of the TV.
So that the “Vatreni”, after all reigning vice world champion, such a faux pas does not happen again, on Saturday evening the participation will be finally fixed. In Croatia’s last game against Slovakia, bookmakers’ odds imply a 67% victory in favor of the home side, who – given their direct comparison against the Hungarians – would even score just one point to complete the group win.
Only in a defeat would the team of coach Zlatko Dalic still tremble and would henceforth the direct right to start only about the Nations League playoffs in their own hands.
The Seventh in the FIFA Ranking does not want to go that far, however. With a home win against the direct competitor from Slovakia, all doubts should be dispelled. The fact that the “checkers” are allowed to compete in front of a home crowd, is a big advantage.
The fact that the home match also takes place in the cauldron of Rijeka, must also in addition as a pro-argument for our Croatia vs Slovakia tip will be listed. In the port city on the northern Adriatic, the hosts have never lost in their international history. Ten wins face three draws.
In the current qualification, the “Kockasti” was not yet allowed to compete in Rijeka. Nevertheless, the three previous home games against Azerbaijan (2: 1), Wales (2: 1) and Hungary (3: 0) were all made victorious.
Against the Welsh as well as the clear victory against the Magyars Croatia was already at half time forward, which causes us to accept the same for the home game against the Slovaks.
The better-rated Croatians will not play for the draw they need, but from the beginning, they will do their utmost to ensure that there are no doubts about a threesome. In all seven qualifiers, the Dalic scored at least one goal in the first half. In four of the seven cases, the runner-up went into the break with a guided tour.
The “fiery”, who missed their first match ball in Wales 1-1 in October, have to do without Barcelona professional Ivan Rakitic, who had to cancel his participation due to injury. To what extent the absence of the midfielder is a weakening, remains to be seen, because even with the Catalans, the ex-Schalke last came almost no more to the train.
The hopes rest accordingly to captain Luka Modric and Bruno Petkovic, who leads with some surprising goals the internal scorers list in qualifying with four goals. The two regular defenders Lovren and Vida were not even nominated, as they have to serve both yellow-barriers. With Caleta-Car and Peric or Mitrovic Dalic still has good alternatives.
Expected formation of Croatia:
↪ Livakovic – Barisic, Caleta-Car, Peric, Jedvaj – Brozovic, Kovacic, Modric – Perisic, Petkovic, Brekalo
↪ Coach: Dalic
Last matches of Croatia:
⚽️ 13.10.2019 – Wales vs. Croatia 1: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 10.10.2019 – Croatia vs. Hungary 3: 0 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 09.09.2019 – Azerbaijan vs. Croatia 1: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 06.09.2019 – Slovakia vs. Croatia 0: 4 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 11.06.2019 – Croatia vs. Tunisia 1: 2 (friendly)
Slovakia – Statistics & Current Form
The Slovaks could qualify as a separate nation only once for a European Championship. In 2016 in France, however, the “Repre” survived the preliminary round and drew only in the second round against the DFB-Eleven the short straw. The Golden Generation for record player and scorer Marek Hamsik would like to realize the renewed participation in 2020 as well.
However, the way to the finals next summer seems to be even further for the Slovaks. No matter how the match ends on Saturday in Rijeka, Pavel Hapal’s protected will not find out until Tuesday whether they will be one of the first two teams to make the leap to EURO or at least get the chance through the Nations League playoffs to solve the ticket.
However, the current starting position also has something good, because with two wins in Croatia and the final match day at home against Azerbaijan would be the world ranking 31. not to take rank one in group E
However, if the match against the vice-world champion is lost, which one may assume, on Tuesday not only would have to win their own match, but also hope that after the encounter between Wales and Hungary at most the Magyars have as many points in the account as the “Repre” itself.
Accordingly, it will be interesting to observe which tactical route the Czech coach selects the Slovaks. After previous impressions coach Hapal can build on a solid defensive. If we exclude the mentioned 0: 4 defeat in the first leg against Croatia, no other team was able to beat Martin Dubravka in the goal of the East Europeans more than once.
Also not uninteresting in this context is the fact that the Slovaks were at least once back against all three direct competitors Croatia, Hungary and Wales at break.
Otherwise, however, no significant difference in terms of goals / goals in the first or in the second 45 minutes can be seen. Nevertheless, between Croatia and Slovakia, we expect a prediction for a success of the hosts, for whom the course is probably set in the first round, lying close.
Although Marek Hamsik now earns his (good) money from coach Rafael Benitez in China, the midfielder and captain remain indispensable for the Slovakian game. However, with Milan Skriniar of Dortmund’s Champions League opponents Inter Milan, the “Repre” has a second world-class player in their ranks, the defensive boss orders the entire defensive and stabilized.
In addition, there are two Bundesliga legionaries, Ondrej Duda and Peter Pekarik. Laszlo Benes from front runners Gladbach is expected to fail due to a bruise on his foot.
Expected formation of Slovakia:
↪ Dubravka – Hancko, Skriniar, Vavro, Pekarik – Hamsik, Lobotka, Kucka – Duda, Mak, Rusnak
↪ Coach: Hapal
Last matches of Slovakia:
⚽️ 13.10.2019 – Slovakia vs. Paraguay 1: 1 (friendly)
⚽️ 10/10/2019 – Slovakia vs. Wales 1: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 09.09.2019 – Hungary vs. Slovakia 1: 2 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 06.09.2019 – Slovakia vs. Croatia 0: 4 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 11.06.2019 – Azerbaijan vs. Slovakia 1: 5 (European Championship Qualification)
Croatia vs Slovakia Direct Comparison
The two national teams have already delivered 14 matches, 13 of them, however, in friendly matches. Nevertheless, the record with nine wins in three draws and two defeats clearly falls in favor of the runner-up. In Croatia, the “Vatreni” even won six of their seven games.
The first leg in September was also a clear affair for the Dalic-Elf, who was already 1-0 lead at half-time and in the second round, three more goals to 4-0 final match. For the third time in a row, a prediction for a “to-zero-success” of the favorite paid off between Croatia and Slovakia.
Croatia vs Slovakia Free Betting Tips Provided by CoreBet Tipsters
On Thursday evening, the reigning world champion was able to fix the participation in the European Championship 2020 with a lackluster 2-1 victory over Moldova. On Saturday finally wants to follow the Vice World Champion. If we give credit to betting odds between Croatia and Slovakia, then the Vatreni should not burn much.
Prices of 1.49 in the lead to a home win imply a nearly 70% probability of occurrence. In addition, the team of coach Zlatko Dalic would already draw enough to make the group win perfect.
However, the “checkers” will not want to rely on such a division of points. Instead, Luka Modric and Co. have set the goal to make the fourth home game in the current qualification victorious.
Key Facts – Croatia vs Slovakia tips
💫 Croatia have won all three home games in qualifying so far
💫 The “Vatreni” likes to play in Rijeka (ten wins, three draws)
💫 The home side already reaches a point to the group victory
The advantage here is the fact that the World Cup finalist from the previous year in Rijeka ran. In the cauldron of the port city on the Adriatic, a Croatian national team has never lost in 13 attempts (ten wins, three draws). For this reason, before the duel Croatia vs Slovakia the small odds on the home-threesome quite understandable.
We even lean a little further out the window and trust the world ranking list scorer a start-finish victory. The first leg won the Dalic-Elf 4-0 and also in the second leg it will probably not take until the second half before the “Kockasti” takes the lead.