Croatia vs Spain by Rahul

Croatia
VS
Spain
The Spanish team have showed how dominant that they can be when they have the ball in hand. They controlled the game completely against Turkey and even Czech Republic, and will want to dominate the same way against the Croatians in this encounter. The problem for Spain has been their inability to blast goals past the opponents, but he did a good job against Turkey to get 3 past them. he Spanish team rely on their defenders in Ramos and Pique to keep things tight at the back, while having Busquets giving him a cover at the back. While this happens, it leaves the full backs Juanfran and Alba to bomb on forward, crossing balls into the box, and that results in many corners coming in for the Spanish team. Ramos might be sitting out of this game to avoid getting a booking, which will mean that Mikel San Jose likely to come in. Spanish last few games have seen a lot of corners being smashed in by them: 7, 14, 11, 5, 5, 11, 3, 6, 5. They have enough ability to get on the wings, and will want to create set pieces opportunities for their forwards on a regular basis.

 

The Croatians have shown to be good offensively in creating chances, but has been extremely poor in finishing. The opportunities that they wasted against Turkey as well as some opportunities to put the game to bed against Czech Republic, left a lot to be desired. Croatia will be without Luka Modric, and will rely a lot on wide players like Srna, Strinic, Brozovic and Perisic to whip in a lot of balls into the box to give opportunities for Manduzkic and Rakitic to come into the box and finish the ball. Because of their quality of wide players, they smash in a lot of corners reading as follows: 11, 5, 12, 5, 2, 6, 5. They will have also enough ability to cross balls into the box for opportunities. Their defence on the other hand has been a bit shaky, and will face a lot of pressure against the Croatian defence who will want to ensure they try and secure a draw to keep the 1 point ahead of Czech Republic.

 

I expect both teams to keep bombing and whipping balls into the box, and expect a lot of corners in this encounter.

 

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Over 10.5 corners Bet365 2.00 7 11 WON (+7 units)
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