Croatia vs Greece – 2018 World Cup Qualification: Croatia and Greece meet this Thursday…
On a match of the 1st leg of this access play-off to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Croatia finished the group stage in 2nd place with 20 points gained, 2 less than Iceland who won group I.
As we know, the Croatian national team has a fantastic set of players. However, under the command of Cacic they never worked collectively.
One round before the end of the group stage, the new manager Dalic took control of the team just before an extremely important match where they were brilliantly beat Ukraine 2-0 at home.
It is therefore expected that this new manager builds up on those good indicators the team has left so that Croatia can be amongst the best teams in the world, because that is where they belong.
Greece qualified for this play-off after finishing in 2nd place of group H with 19 points gained, having scored 2 more than Bosnia who was knocked out of the competition.
The decisive match was in Cyprus where they were able to get an important win, having then hosted the weak national team of Gibraltar on the last round, where only a miracle would avoid the Greeks’ trip to the World Cup in Russia.
On this Greek national team, the highlight is their good defensive solidity, since they have only conceded 6 goals on the 10 group stage matches they played.
Croatia vs Greece – Betting Tip and Prediction:
There is one common aspect on these two national teams: the fact that neither of them record many goals on their matches. On the 10 matches that Croatia has played, we only saw matches with more than 3 goals on 1 occasion.
On the other hand, Greece only had 2 matches with more than 3 goals on their group stage campaign.
That’s the common denominator that, allied to the fact that this will be the first leg of a play-off, means we should have a more cautious encounter.
Still, I don’t believe that the Greeks’ good defensive process will be enough to avoid defeat against the Croatians away from home.
|Croatia & Under 3.5 Goals||