Slovakia vs Croatia Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Euro 2020 | City Arena Trnava | 6 September 2019 19:45
Slovakia and Croatia are set to serve up an open contest when they meet in their Euro 2020 qualifier at the City Arena Trnava. Neither team has been convincing at the back in recent matches and given the quality in their attacks, BTTS is the predicted outcome.
Slovakia ran out 5-1 winners over Azerbaijan in their last qualifying fixture. Marek Hamsik netted a brace while Stanislav Lobotka, Juraj Kucka and David Hancko were also on target. Pavel Hapal’s men have claimed two wins and one defeat from three matches in the qualifiers and are second in the standings. They are priced at 4.00 for a win by the bookmakers but with just one clean sheet in their last nine matches, BTTS looks a more likely outcome.
Croatia are coming off a 2-1 defeat against Tunisia in an international friendly. They fell behind early in the contest with Bruno Petkovic grabbing an equaliser after the break before conceding the winner midway through the second half. Zlatlo Dalic’s men were victorious in their previous Euro 2020 qualifier as they claimed a 2-1 win at home against Wales. A win in Trnava is priced at odds of 2.05 but their failure to keep a clean sheet in their last seven matches makes a win a long shot. Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric has been left out of the squad but the Croats still possess plenty of attacking firepower. Ante Rebic and Ivan Perisic have been in good form and should start in attack on Friday.
Slovakia boast multiple attacking threats and often spread their goals across several players in the team. Marek Hamsik and Juraj Kucka could be the ones to watch for the hosts with both men expected to trouble the Croats. Croatia have quick and tricky attackers who often make life difficult for defenders. Ante Rebic and Ivan Perisic have been in good form and should cause plenty of problems for the Slovakian defence with their pace and movement.
PREDICTION : DRAW 2-2
ACCUMULATOR TIP : BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE