Kosovo vs Croatia by Isaiah

Without any doubt, Kosovo was at least slightly better than Finland in the first round of World Cup qualifications early in September, but the team was held to a 1:1 draw away from home. Finnish side took the lead in 18th minute with a goal from Arajuuri and that was almost everything they managed to show.

From that moment on, visiting side was better and held the ball more, also creating more chances during the game. They managed to level up the result back in 60th minute from a penalty kick taken by Berisha, remaining slightly better on the field, however without further change in the scoreline. Of course whole qualifying progress this time is just a big test for the squad and they can't hope for anything more than just staying competitive in most of the matches.

In comparison to previous matches, they won't be able to count at midfielder Alushi (6/0) and forwards Kastrati (3/0), Rashani (2/2) and Brahimi (2/2) plus couple of more.

Croatia presented themselves actually really fine on EURO this Summer, as the team managed to get a victory over Turkey, draw against Czech Republic and win over Spain to take the first position in the group, which led them to Portugal in the last sixteen phase. They were eliminated only after extra-time played, to a side that went on to win the European title later on.

As for these qualifications, Croatia didn't start that well, since the team took only a point in a home draw against Turkey (1:1 result in front of no fans on the stands). Without any doubt, they were a better side during the match, but weren't concrete enough in the offensive part of the game, especially in the second halftime. Both goals were scored towards the end of the first halftime, with Rakitic bringing them into the lead in 44th from a penalty kick and Calhanoglu leveling up the result couple of moments later.

Croats will not be able to count at central defenders Gordon Schildenfeld (29/1), Dejan Lovren (31/2), midfielders Luka Modric (94/11), Ivan Rakitic (81/13), Alen Halilovic (9/0) and forward Marko Pjaca (12/1). They will be missing couple of really important players, but there's no doubt that the victory remains imperative here for them.

This will be first official competitive game for Kosovo playing in front of their own fans and I'm quite convinced that the game itself will past mostly in a "festive" atmosphere. Home side has some quality and can be dangerous, but the Croats are remaining favorites here. Still, my first betting option will be considering higher number of goals, since I'm convinced we will see more than plenty, even with the home side having more than enough threatening situations in front of the opponents goal.

Bet: Over 2.5 goals @ 2.10 with Unibet
Result: 0-6 (won)
 * Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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  1. Guardiolix says:

    another fishy one, Nobody has data on Kosovo except friendlies so you base your bet on 1 match… that am sure you did not see

  2. Guardiolix says:

    gl anyway

  3. Tole says:

    Croatia to win without concedeed goal. Kosovo is Albanian B team, plays home matches in Albania since stadiums on Kosovo are from stoneage with 5k capacity at most.

    Odd is around 2.2

  4. Tole says:

    Btw there are rumors that Croatian hooligans will do chaos to end the game, like they tried against Czech on Euro this summer

  5. Pana Fan says:

    Crotia to Win -1 handicap and without conceeding is my bet here at very nice odds. Have a goog day everyone.

  6. Pana Fan says:

    Also just wanted to raise a red flag for todays games of Serbia and Albania. From what i hear from my friends in those two countries these games’ odds do not represent probabilities or results by any means. So RED FLAG for Albania & Serbia guys.

  7. Guardiolix says:

    @Pana fan so Lichensteisn and Moldova win???

  8. Pana Fan says:

    Albania for instance knows they will not be progressing. So why push things? Serbia are a ghost of their past. The odds they offer are a joke really.

  9. Pana Fan says:

    Kosovo without a stadium to play (under construction)… . They were actually looking to play in Athens their games. LoL. Hammering on the cards.

  10. 19 says:

    @Pana, thx for the warnings.

  11. Smrt says:

    I have bet here over 4,5 a little bit risky but at the end win :)

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