Croatia vs Finland – 2018 World Cup Qualification: The Croatians were the big favourites to finish 1st in this group…
Because they had more experience and also a lot of quality on their roster.
However, the 2 losses on their last 3 matches, have compromised their chances a bit and despite still sitting in 1st place, the truth is, this group is wide open.
The Croatians failed on the trips to Iceland and Turkey, losing 1-0 in both matches. At home they have been stronger and on the 4 matches they played in Croatia, they have 3 wins and 1 draw.
They can’t fail on this match because then they will play their last match of this qualification stage in Ukraine, who is only 2 points behind them.
This group is wide open and it is expected that, on this match, the star players Rakitic, Modric and Mandzukic can make a difference.
The Finnish weren’t able to keep up with the other teams in this group and they fell behind on the group.
They are a National team without the same arguments and they don’t have any great individual talents capable of making a difference.
On this roster, there are players playing in Nordic leagues, while others play in Eastern and Central Europe, but none of them play in a top team.
Finland is going through their best phase at the moment, because they are coming off 2 straight wins.
They beat Iceland 1-0 at home and they also won 1-0 in Kosovo. They aren’t fighting for any objective now but they are relaxed and will play these final matches without any additional pressure.
Croatia vs Finland – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Croatia has the pressure and responsibility to win this match. If they aren’t able to do it, things can get complicated for them, since they travel to Ukraine on the last round.
On a wide open group, much thanks to Croatia who opened it up by losing their last 2 away matches, everything can happen, but with the experience and quality the Croatians have,
I don’t see them having much trouble to impose themselves against this Finland who, despite being relaxed, without any pressure and coming off 2 straight wins,
I don’t think will be able to pose a threat to the hosts. Croatia will start off strong and should be leading at half-time.
|Croatia to win 1st Half||