Czech Republic vs Croatia by Rahul

Czech-Republic
VS
Croatia
Croatia played extremely well against Turkey that saw them secure their first 3 points of the tournament and now take on a Czech Republic team who were frustrated by Spain for the longest time. Croatia coming into this game will have seen that holding on to possession and moving the ball around, will frustrate their opponents and give an opportunity for their forwards to run in and score. Croatia look extremely good on the wings with Perisic and Srna in particular creating plenty of chances on either flanks, but the finishing was extremely poor in front of target; and that is something that they will need to improve upon. Defensively, Corluka gave his blood (many teams) and sweat to keep things tight at the back along with Vida; and I expect the Croatians to keep it extremely tight at the back. Croatia's scoring forward has been good, netting in 8 straight games and I expect Manduzkic to find the back of the net after missing some good opportunities last time around.

 

The Czech Republic looked extremely flat in their last game, and manager Pavel Vrba stated that the team will be more attacking starting with this game. They will continue to rely in Necid, Rosicky and Gabre Selassie to attack for the chances up front. While the Czechs have been inconsistent to deliver up front, they have delivered goals from all over the pitch. However, the Czech defenders Sivok and Hubnik have been in front of Petr Cech but they conceded once again in their game against Spain, as they have done in 22 out of their last 23 games, showcasing the struggles they are having to keep it tight that would help them secure the result. The Czechs have one of the oldest squads in this tournament, while not having too many players who play at high levels at club football, mean they will continue to struggle against a lively Croatian squad.

 

Croatia know that a victory will secure their spot into the next round, and will continue to try and keep things tight at the back and attacking the Croatian defence. The Czechs have continuously conceded and I expect their leaky defence to see Croatia Score and I am backing Croatia to win this encounter against the Czech Republic.

 

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Croatia Unibet 2.02 7 2-2 LOST (-7 units)
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