CRO vs SPN Dream11: Croatia will be squaring off to Spain at the Parken Stadium for the upcoming Round of 16 fixtures in the UEFA Euro 2020. Both sides have been fairly inconsistent in the ongoing campaign, and a win for either side to advance to the quarter finals could add much needed confidence.
Croatia started off their tournament with a defeat to England, which was followed up by a draw to Czech Republic. They did manage to beat Scotland in their final group game which got them enough points to feature in the next round. As for Spain, they kicked off their campaign with back to back draws against Sweden and Poland. Nevertheless, they imposed their authority in the final match against Slovakia by scoring five goals and conceding none to advance further in Euro 2020. That being said, we can expect the encounter between Croatia and Spain to be an intriguing affair.
Date: June 28, Monday
Kick-Off: 9:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Parken Stadium
The match will be broadcasted on the Sony Sports Network, and can be Streamed Live on Sony Liv.
Head to head
From the previous eight meetings, it’s Spain who has the slight edge with four wins, in contrast to Croatia’s three wins. One game has ended on level terms.
Injury Report and Unavailability: Ivan Perisic is on the sidelines due to an injury, while, Borna Barisic will be assessed prior to kick off.
Expected Changes and Strategy: D Livakovic should be starting in at goal, while, J Gvardiol, D Vida, D Caleta-Car and S Vrasljko could line up in defence. M Brozovic, M Kovacic and L Modric could feature in the midfield region. N Vlasic, B Petkovic and A Rebic are in contention to lead the attack.
Dominik Livakovic; Josko Gvardiol, Domagoj Vida, Duje Caleta-Car, Sime Vrsaljko; Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric; Nikola Vlasic, Bruno Petkovic, Ante Rebic
Injury Report and Unavailability: No injury concerns
Expected Changes and Strategy: U Simon should be starting in at goal, while, J Alba, P Torres, A Laporte and C Azpilicueta could be the back four in defence. S Busquets, Koke and Pedri are likely to start in at midfield. G Moreno, D Olmo and A Morata are in contention to lead the attack up top.
Unai Simon; Jordi Alba, Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte, Cesar Azpilicueta; Sergio Busquets, Koke, Pedri; Gerard Moreno, Dani Olmo, Alvaro Morata
The odds are in favor of Gerard Moreno to score the first goal for Spain is 9/2. Moreno has two assists so far from the three appearances in the Euro 2020, and also has a pass accuracy of 81.3% so far.
Luka Modric can play a pivotal role from the midfield region for Croatia. Modric has a goal, an assist and also has a pass accuracy of 89%. He is also in charge of the set pieces, which can earn the user significant points.
The odds in favor of Alvaro Morata to score a goal for Spain are 7/2. The centre forward has a goal from the last three appearances, and also has a pass accuracy of 81.4%.
Niko Vlasic has a goal, and a pass accuracy of 82.2% from the three appearances this season for Croatia, and could be given a start by Croatia.
Paulo Sarabia is also on the back of a goal and an assist, and is likely to retain his spot for Spain up front.
GK: U Simon
DEF: J Alba, P Torres, D Vida, D Caleta-Car
MID: L Modric, P Sarabia, N Vlasic
FOR: A Rebic, A Morata, G Moreno
Both sides do have some quality players who could make the difference, and it could turn out to be an openly contested affair. However, the CRO vs SPN Today Match Prediction odds are in favor of Spain to get the win by 3/5 as per bet365.