Ukraine vs Croatia – 2018 World Cup Qualification: On Group I, three teams can still dream about attending the World Cup in Russia…
With two of them meeting in Ukrainian territory as the home side will host their opponents Croatia.
Ukraine’s National team, just like Iceland, was the team that benefited the most with the results of the 9th round, since they won their match and watched both Turkey and Croatia lose some ground on the fight for a spot in the World Cup.
With the Turkish already out, the Ukrainians have a golden chance to ensure the 2nd place in the group here (since Iceland hosts Kosovo,
who only got 1 point on this campaign). For that, they will have to beat the side managed by Ante Cacic and with a margin of 1+ goals, as a way to erase their 1-0 loss in Croatia.
Everything points towards Andriy Shevchenko having all his players available for this match.
Croatia’s National team finds themselves in the same situation as their opponents here, with the first place being practically out of reach, the only way to go to Russia is holding on to the 2nd place that ensures a spot in the play-offs.
The Croatian side started this campaign in full strength, but they have started to lose some momentum, only having won 1 of their last 4 matches and performing very poorly considering the quality they have on their roster.
On the last round, they were even unable to get the 3 points against limited Finland, conceding the tying goal in the final minutes of the match.
If they get some points in Ukraine or lose just by a 1-goal margin, Croatia ensures their access to the play-off. On the Croatian side there also aren’t any important absences for this match.
Ukraine vs Croatia – Betting Tip and Prediction:
It is the first time that Croatia are really on a knife’s edge and it is tough to imagine that this set of fantastic players might miss out on the World Cup in Russia.
It is certain that this isn’t their brightest moment, both in terms of results or exhibitions.
However, the Croatians will face off against a team who not only needs to win but needs to do it by at least a 2-goal difference,
which in my opinion will benefit their game, giving more space for the Croatian stars to shine.
Ukraine is strong at home but on decision night, the Croatian talent will be too much for them to handle.
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