The Nations League returns this week as Croatia host Spain in an important League A Group 4 clash on Friday evening in Amsterdam. This is a game which is too tight to call, although a draw or win will see the visitors win the group.
Where and when: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb – 15 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Croatia vs. Spain: William Hill, Sky Sports
Last time: La Roja dismantled Croatia 6-0 back in September in a remarkable victory, with five different scorers alongside an own goal from Croatia’s Lovre Kalinic. However, Croatia defeated Spain in the 2016 European Championships.
|Ivan Perisic anytime goalscorer||3/1||Offer|
|Over 3.5 goals||3/1||Offer|
|Spain/Spain half time/full time||12/5||Offer|
Croatia vs. Spain Predictions and Preview
The consequences of this game are relatively straightforward – Croatia must win if they are to continue their hopes of topping the group while a Spain win will clinch qualification.
Luis Enrique’s side are still strongly placed to go through despite crashing to a shock 3-2 home defeat against England last time out.
Spain have already triumphed 2-1 in England in this group and their 6-0 thumping of the Croats means they are still just one game away from clinching top spot.
Zlatko Dalic’s men are suffering somewhat of a World Cup hangover and an uninspiring 2-1 friendly win over Jordan their first victory in five.
It is perhaps unsurprising that it is the visiting side who are favourites to win this encounter at odds of 6/5, with the hosts priced at 5/2 and the draw available at 23/10.
The last two meetings between these sides have produced a whopping total of nine goals, so odds of over 3.5 goals at 3/1 while over 4.5 is priced at 7/1.
A ‘double chance’ on Croatia to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 4/5 while a Spain win/draw outcome is at 29/100.
If you fancy the away side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 12/5.
One to watch for Croatia: Ivan Perisic has scored three goals in his last five international outings while one of his 22 international goals came in the 2-1 victory over Spain in Euro 2016. The Inter winger is 3/1 to find the net at any point in this game.
One to watch for Spain: Iago Aspas has netted six goals in 16 caps for Spain. The former Liverpool forward has nine goals in 13 games for Celta Vigo this season and is priced at 23/10 to score at any point in this match.
Long shot: Croatia have failed to score in two of their last three games, including against Spain, while their last game in Zagreb – against England – finished 0-0. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are available at 8/1.