Croatia vs Slovakia Prediction and Betting Preview, 16 Nov 2019

The Match Is Over. Score: 3-1
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Croatia vs Slovakia PredictionCroatia vs Slovakia Prediction and Preview for Saturday's Euro 2020 group qualifier. Croatia face off with Slovakia in a defining group E clash. The hosts sit at the summit of the table while match-day opponents Slovakia sit third with a real chance of making it past the group stages. Will the Croatian wind sweep away the visitors’ ambitions?
Match status: Euro 2020 Qualification - Group E
Kick-off:
Venue: HNK Rijeka (Rijeka)

Croatia v Slovakia Team News

2018 Russia World Cup finalists and runners-up Croatia will be in search of glory when they play Slovakia on Saturday night. A win will definitely secure a place for Zlatko Dalic’s side in their final group fixture.

The Croatian side could also sail through with at least a draw but cannot afford to lose as they will have to await other outcomes to determine qualification. They should, however, be buoyed by past results and be assured heading in this clash.

Croatia have never lost at home in European Championship qualifiers across 34 matches and 25 years (W26 D8) - a formidable record in the run-up to this encounter, and are unbeaten in 13 international fixtures (W10 D3).

They are not known as The Blazers for nothing. Croatia are a side with huge aspirations looking to outshine the fabled ‘Golden Generation’ that reached 3rd place in France 1998 World Cup. They can achieve this by winning their maiden international title at next year’s tournament and all the Croatian faithful will rally behind their team for a result at the Stadion HNK Rijeka on Saturday.

Visiting Slovakia sit 3rd in the group, two points off second-placed Hungary but with a game in hand. Although coming up against top opposition, the Slovaks believe they have what it takes and will fight to come out with something here. They have won their last two qualifiers on the road and even possess a superior H2H against Hungary, who are in second place.

This group is bound to go down to the wire to determine qualification with Slovakia poised to stand a chance even with a draw here. Their enthusiasm will be diminished by their poor run against top sides in Europe where they have not won against any top-30 side when playing away since May 2016 (D3 L8). In pursuit of a place in the history books, the Slovakians have a mountain to climb. And they just might not.

Injured or Suspended Players:

Neither team has any injury or suspension concerns and should field a fully fit squad.

Head-to-Head Record: Croatia v Slovakia

Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Slovakia 0-4 Croatia

2010 Friendly International
Slovakia 1-1 Croatia

2007 Friendly International
Croatia 3-0 Slovakia

2004 Friendly International
Croatia 1-0 Slovakia

Croatia v Slovakia: Pre-Match Odds:

Croatia - 1.51
Draw - 4.40
Slovakia - 7.50

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Croatia vs Slovakia Predictions

Croatia, led by their inspirational midfielder Luka Modric, should deliver all points. In reality, only one point is needed to see the home side through the group but they will want to give their fans some reason to celebrate their qualification.

A win for the home side is in the offing but better value backing them to have a lead on the break.
Main Match Predictions:
HT/FT - 1/1 @ 2.21
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Correct Score:
Croatia 2-0 Slovakia @ 6.35
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