After a five-star performance against Slovakia, Spain secured a position in the round of 16 of UEFA Euro 2021.
On the other hand, Croatia beat Scotland in a tantalizing last-day victory and finished one spot behind league leaders England.
Spain 0-0 Croatia
(Spain to win in extra-time or penalties)
Spain 5-3 Croatia
It wasn’t a very fortunate start to the Euro campaign for the Croatians. However, things started to get better after a draw against the Czech Republic.
The World Cup finalists knew what was at stake before kicking off their last match against Scotland. With integrity at stake, they went all in and got the win against the Tartan Army.
Would Croatia be able to hold the Spaniards at bay? Their star Ivan Perisic is ruled out due to COVID-19, and we think it diminishes their chances of winning the tie against Luis Enrique’s side.
After an unlike performance against Slovakia, Spain came close to scoring their goalscoring record in a single game.
After a draw against Poland and Sweden, Luis Enrique made a few changes to his side. Cesar Azpilicueta, new Barcelona signing Eric Garcia, Pablo Sarabia, and a few notable changes were made by the boss.
The Spanish side will be brimming with hope and confidence to qualify for the next stages. The main concern is the absence of alternatives for attack. Their forward-man Alvaro Morata has been out of form, and if he finds his shooting boots, Spain is in for a treat.
The two teams will be looking to line up like the following:
Croatia: Livakovic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Gvardiol; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Vlasic, Petkovic, Rebic
Spain: Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Torres, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, Koke; Sarabia, Morata, Gerard Moreno
Our experts predict a victory for the Spanish side by a narrow margin. The odds may be stacked against the Croatians, but it’s still going to be an open match.
Our prediction: Spain 0-0 Croatia (Spain to win in extra-time or penalties)
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