Croatia vs Greece Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
What a great game of football on Thursday night when Croatia welcomes Greece at Stadium Maksimir in Zagreb. Croatia were comfortable group favourites after their promising performances in Euro 2016 last summer, but once again Iceland made big surprise and won first placed. On the other side, Greece, the runners-up in Group with brilliant Belgium, are highly motivated to reach the World Cup and we will enjoy in a true football battle for the major tournament.
Croatia play very well in front of their fans and they are undefeated on home soil since October 2013. They are unbeaten in 11 competitive home games and all players are highly motivated for this game. Their last six competitive matches in Zagreb have seen with less than three goals - Under 2.5 Goals. Mario Mandzukic is the key man up top for Croatia with five scored goals in the Qualifiers. Croatia have conceded only two goals in Qualification at home and they will play very cautious.
On the other side Greece have played very strong football in their qualifications campaign and have lost only one game in Group. Defensively Greece are undoubtedly a strong side and they will play aggressive football from the first minute. Greece have only conceded six goals in qualification campaign and their main objective for the match will be fast counterattacks. On their away days, six of their last eight away games have seen less than three goals scoring.
When it comes to their mutual encounters Croatia have won just once, while on the other side Greece have won two of the last six previous meetings between the sides. The last time that these two met was back in the Euro 2012 qualifiers and Greece took four points from those two meetings. This time Croatia are closer to win, and it will be an interesting game for sure. Read our betting preview and place your bet on the right betting picks on Thursday night.
Croatia don't have lots of missing players for this important home game. Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj suffered an injury and he can't play. Mario Mandzukic and Dejan Lovren are not fully fit but we expect to see them in starting lineup. Almost all other players are fully fit and ready for the match and they are eager to win first leg game against Greece.
On the other side Greece don't have many missing players for the match against Croatia. Kostas Manolas is suspended and he will not play on Thursday night. All other players are available to play and they are highly motivated to play aggressive from the first minute.
Possible starting lineups
Croatia: Subasic; Pivaric, Lovren, Vida, Vrsaljko; Rakitic, Modric; Perisic, Kramaric, Brozovic; Mandzukic
Greece: Karnezis; Torosidis, Sokratis, Papadopoulos, Tzavellas; Zeca, Samaris, Tziolis, Stafylidis; Fortounis; Mitroglou
Croatia vs Greece Prediction
We expect one tough football game without lots of scoring chances, it is a big game for both teams and they have to play very cautious. The hosts are favorites to win, but their main objective for the match will be ball possession, while on the other side Greece will try to score after fast counterattacks. Croatia can claim an advantage in this first leg and all players are eager to win this game. Kostas Mitroglu scored 6 goals for Greece thus far in the qualifiers and if the hosts stop him on Thursday night, then probably can keep a clean sheet. It will be a true football fight with lots of midfield duels and fouls, and we expect lots of corners.
Our prediction and betting tips for the match Croatia vs Greece Prediction: Croatia to win. We expect from them to keep a clean sheet and our second betting pick for the match is Croatia to win with nil. Maybe correct score will be 2-0. and we expect both goals in the second halve. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.