Euro Qualifications / Wales vs Croatia – Situation in the Group E is getting clearer but nothing is over yet. After Thursday’s matches Croatia strengthen their hold over the 1st place and they are indeed close to qualify for the European Championship, while the Wales occupies the 4th place and has six points fewer. Still, the Welsh had played one match fewer and had played a good away draw on last Thursday. Croatia won their first head-to-head by 2-1.
Game Wales vs Croatia begins 13.10.2019 at 20:45 CET
Situation in the table is bad for the Welsh at the first glace, however, we shouldn’t forget that they played one match fewer. If they win the late match and Croatia today they would have the same number of points like the Croats. It means this is perhaps the key match but the opponent is the strongest team in the group. It is encouraging sign that they won both matches played in front of their fans, while on last Thursday they played a good draw in Slovakia. Ramsey didn’t play then despite being announced as a starter but he could play now, just like Morrell who would replace Ampadu.
Probable lineups Wales: Hennessey – Roberts, Lockyer, Rodon, Davies – Allen, Morrell – Bale, Ramsey, James – Moore
Croatia increased strength of their hold over the first place in the Group E and are the closest to qualify for the European Championship, but they haven’t got there yet. They had oscillated and Vice-champions of the world haven’t managed to play to good matches in a row. That is what worries ahead of away match in Wales as if they continue to play in that rhythm a weak match is what comes next. They excelled on Thursday at home against Hungary and they revenge to the Hungarians for the only defeat suffered so far. The Croats won by 3-0 and they played in a very offensive formation. It paid off handsomely and they had scored all goals by the halftime and later on they missed a penalty. Brozovic absence is a handicap and Kovacic will most probably replace him.
Probable lineups Croatia: Livakovic – Jedvaj, Vida, Lovren, Barisic – Kovacic, Modric – Perisic, Rakitic, Rebic – Petkovic
Betting Pick: Wales vs Croatia
Wales is tough opponent when playing at home but Croatia is not under pressure and will gladly accept a draw. They won’t rush which suits Wales, which is why we forecast that we won’t see too many goals in this match.
Pick: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.74 at 888sport (down to 1.64 can be played)
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