Croatia vs Israel Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Ante Čačić will officially be kick-starting Croatia's preparation for this summer's EUro 2016 when they host Israel in an international friendly match this Wednesday.
There's plenty at stake for Croatia in this game. They've been drawn with Spain, Czech Republic as well as Turkey in Group D of Euro 2016 - which is a relatively strong group and Čačić will need to reap every ounce of effort out of his players, if they are to make it out of this group.
Hence, it explains his decision to name an strong squad for the tie against Israel and Hungary. Household names like Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, and Mateo Kovacic have been included in the team, while veterans like Darijo Srna and Vedran Corluka are also part of the 20-man squad.
"We would like to gather all the possible information for the UEFA EURO, that is why I've called up only 17 players and three goalkeepers, in order to allow them maximum minutes on the pitch. We want to win, and all the players standard in their clubs have the opportunity to see France", Čačić said.
His statement is an indirect message to the players. Euro 2016 spots are limited and this is when it gets intense as players compete to impress the gaffer and stake a strong claim to be included in the final cut.
Israel on the other hand, have a different circumstance to deal with. The Israeli FA has not appointed a permanent manager yet, and interim-manager Alon Hazan will spearhead the Israeli squad for this match.
The Israel Football Association is currently torn between four candidates for the permanent position - Eli Ohana, Guy Luzon, Ran Ben-Shimon and Elisha Levy. All four men have different footballing philosophies, which widens the battle for a national team spot. It's an open game right now and every Israeli player will be looking to prove their mettle, before the new gaffer comes in.
But of course, there's some good news for the Israelis as well. While Tal Ben Haim has been left out of the squad, Yossi Benayoun will return for the first time in two years. Rami Gershon will also feature, after playing a pivotal role in Gent's excellent Champions League run this season.
But let's call a spade a spade, shall we? With the likes of Kovacic, Modric and Rakitic in midfield, Croatia will visibly domintate the midfield battle. Even if Israel line-up with a highly defensive approach, the three aforementioned names are extremely tenacious on the ball and they're known for their ability to thread defence-splitting passes. And with Mario Mandzukic leading their line upfront, Croatia will be heavy favourites.
Even statistics tell you the same story. Croatia have only lost once in their last five games - a 2-0 defeat against Norway last September. But after the defeat, the Croats went on to win three consecutive games, including a 3-1 victory over Russia in November. Israel on the other hand have lost three of their last five games, and their only win came against Andorra in September 2015.
More importantly, Israel have conceded a total of eight goals in the last five matches, compared to Croatia's concession of one goal in their last five matches. This piece of stat alone puts Croatia in prime position ahead of this clash and with the level of competitiveness that's currently being fostered within their squad, it wouldn't be surprising to see them clinch a comprehensive win on Wednesday. This match brings us great betting odds so dont miss this opportunity to place your bets with our football tips and predictions - Read our betting preview and make right decision.
Possible starting lineups
Croatia: Kalinic; Srna, Vida, Leskovic, Mocinic; Rakitic, Modric, Brozovic, Perisic; Kalinic, Mandzukic
Israel: Marciano; Dgani, Tibi, Ben Harush, Davidzada; Peretz, Yeini, Kayal; Zahavi, Hemed, Benayoun
Croatia vs Israel Prediction
What a great game for placing bets and earning money on Wednesday when Croatia takes on Israel. Israel have started their campaign in EURO 2016 very well, but lately they are not in fine fettle. On the other side Croatia play fantastic football and they are big favorite to win this match, and for sure all players are highly motivated to do that. However our prediction and betting tips for match Croatia vs Israel Prediction: Croatia will win. We need higher odd to place our bets and our second betting pick for the match is Croatia to win with nil. It will be their main objective for this friendly match, they need to prepare for EURO 2016. Strong defense and at least two scoring are their mission against Israel and for sure they have quality to do that. You can find fantastic offers for this match at Bet365. Maybe correct score will be 2:0. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.