Spain have chance to top group if they take all three points in Zagreb
Croatia put in a fine showing at the World Cup earlier this summer, making it all the way to the final before being beaten 4-2 by France for the global crown. That run of form put Croatia amongst the best teams in the world, but they have since struggled to live up to that billing – this coming Thursday (15 November) they will have the opportunity to prove any doubters wrong when they host former world champions Spain in Zagreb in the UEFA Nations League.
First things first
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Where can I win money in this tie?
As mentioned above, Croatia have not enjoyed their best form since the conclusion of the World Cup. Their only victory since was against lowly Jordan, and back in September they were hammered 6-0 by Spain before recording a goalless draw with England – in short, Croatia have not scored a goal in competitive football since the World Cup.
Having exited the World Cup at the round of 16 stage Spain very much looked to be on the road to recovery before a minor slip up last month against England. Under new boss Luis Enrique, the side won at Wembley as well as that 6-0 win over Croatia and a 4-1 thrashing of Wales in a friendly, before losing 3-2 to the Three Lions in Seville.
Nevertheless, despite being away from home, it is Spain who come into this match as the favourites to take the points. You can more than double your money by backing the visitors to collect victory at 2.05, while Croatia are out at 3.60 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.30, according to Oddsshark.
A 2-1 win for Spain is priced at 9.00, thereby offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment. In addition, you could also more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game, which comes in at a price of 2.10.
And all indications would appear to point towards a Spain victory in Zagreb. Croatia have won just once in their last five matches across all competitions, while Luis Enrique has Spain back playing the kind of football that won them the World Cup back in 2010.
The Spanish have won three of their four fixtures since the World Cup, and are currently scoring at a rate of over three goals per game. That spells bad news for a Croatia side which is struggling for both form and confidence, and you can back a combo bet of a Spain win combined with both teams scoring at a price of 4.50.
You could also more than quadruple your money by backing a Spain win and over 2.5 goals in the game which is priced at 4.33. A combo bet of over 2.5 goals and both teams to score would still allow you to more than double your money at 2.40.
And if goals are your thing then you can bet on the total number in the game. Under two is at 3.20, while two or three sees that price drop down to 1.95, with over three goals in the match shooting up to 3.50.
The way Spain have been playing under Enrique means they could look to come racing out of the blocks in Zagreb, looking to grab themselves an early goal to control proceedings. And you can back over o.5 goals in the first 10 minutes at 4.50, with Spain out at 9.50 to be ahead by the end of that time period.
In terms of goal scorers, Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas is always a threat in the area and will be keen to make an impression. You can almost triple your money by backing the Spain striker to net at any time during the game at 2.87, while Aspas is at 6.50 to score either the first or the last goal of the game.
Andrej Kramaric may well be Croatia’s best hope of a goal on Thursday. The Hoffenheim forward is at 3.50 to score at any time throughout the 90 minutes.
UEFA Nations League fixtures:
Thursday, 15 November
(1.66) Kazakhstan x Latvia (5.50); draw (3.50)
(11.00) Andorra x Georgia (1.30); draw (4.75)
(2.00) Austria x Bosnia (3.80); draw (3.30)
(1.20) Belgium x Iceland (12.00); draw (7.00)
(3.60) Croatia x Spain (2.00); draw (3.30)
(1.80) Greece x Finland (4.75); draw (3.40)
(1.40) Hungary x Estonia (8.50); draw (4.33)
(2.80) Luxembourg x Belarus (2.60); draw (3.10)
(17.00) San Marino x Moldova (1.14); draw (7.50)