Czech Rep U19 vs Croatia U19 (By: Stanioooo)
That's a match from group 3 Euro under 19 between Czech republic and Croatia.
Czech republic are the leaders in this group and they are also the hosts. They already qualified for the next phase after two 2:1 wins against Luxembourg and Macedonia. Croatia are second with 4 points after 1:1 against Macedonia and 2:1 against Luxembourg, Macedonia have 1 point, while Luxembourg are still without a point.
The quality of the teams is really equal and even Luxembourg are hard nut for breaking. In the last game Macedonia will face Luxembourg and they are absolutely capable of winning this game, so Croatia have to take a point against the hosts Czech republic, becuase in case of a loss, the possibility Macedonia to continue to the next phase is huge. Croatia are with GD +1, while Macedonia with -1. In case of a loss even with a goal difference, Croatia will have equal goals for and goal against, so that means that 2:0 for example for Macedonia will qualify the Balkan country. The risk is obviously too big. I can't imagine one of the most productive countries as youngsters like Croatia not to proceed as one of the top 2 teams in this group.
When we take that Czech republic are the hosts and Croatia need just a point to proceed to the next phase, I see the draw as a tempting option here. That's the reason for the lower odds. It doesn't really matter if you finish in the group 1st or 2nd..
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Czech Rep U19 vs Croatia U19 prediction
|Draw||Pinnacle||2.59||9||2-2 WON (+14.31 units)|