Croatia vs Bulgaria by AlexisP
Competition: EURO 2016, Qualification
Ground: Maksimir, Zagreb
Manager: Ante Čačić
It remained unbeaten until the last game against Norway where it lost 2-0 away. This defeat however might cost them the qualification straight to the final stage of the tournament. In real terms the 3rd place can not be missed (it needs just a point). Croatia hopes that Norway will not be able to win Italy on the last game so that it will advance to the final stage. The perfect scenario however will take place if Italy fails to win Azerbaijan today. All these as long as Croatia win both games. On the last game it will play Malta so the chances are extremely high. The Croatians have showed extremely great consistency in front of goal during the first 6 games as they had been able to score 16 goals. During the last 2 games however they failed to score. Mario Mandzukic is injured but Kalinic looks in very good form and can make an impact on these two games.
Manager: Ivaylo Petev
The failure of winning points in big games caused elimination once more from the major stage a tournament. It only managed to win Azerbaijan and Malta in away games and got draws against Malta and Italy at home. It is clear that the team lacks of players with high quality like it had in the past. Players like Mikhailov, Hubchev, Iliev, Lechkov, Stoichkov, Konstandinov and Shirakov that led the team to the 4th place of the World Cup in 1994. All the lines have troubles but the biggest trouble seems to be on the defensive part. It managed to keep only one clean sheet so far against Malta away. This tournament is over for Bulgaria. Now they need to improve in order to have a decent performance on the next qualification which is the World Cup. The group is hard with teams like Netherlands, Sweden and France but they need to make some impact.
Prediction: Croatia needs to win this game so that it will have chance to qualify straight to the final tournament. It has great quality in all lines and normally they will be able to do so. They play at home and they are motivated. Bulgaria on the other hand has nothing to win but the pressure is high. I believe that Croatia can score goals on this game so my choice is Croatia to score two or more goals on this game. The price is not very high but I believe that is good for such a game.
|home goals over 1.5||10bet||1.51||9||3-0 WON (+4.59 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.