Croatia v Wales Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 04, 2019
Stadio Gradski - UEFA European Championship Qualifier
Ryan Giggs' Wales head to Croatia as part of their UEFA European Championships qualification double header this weekend, after an unbeaten start to 2019 for his side.
Croatia beat Wales home and away in their qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup, with goals from Eduardo and Dejan Lovren securing a 2-1 win in Cardiff and Eduardo scoring in the reverse tie in Zagreb, in a 2-0 victory.
Wales have not beaten Croatia in their four previous meetings.
Wales' only major absentee is midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who is still sidelined with a hamstring injury, but Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is fit to play. Giggs has plenty of Premier League experience in his squad, with Wayne Hennessy, Danny Ward, Neil Taylor, Chris Mepham, David Brooks, Ethan Ampadu and Ben Woodburn all included.
Croatia are without key names for this clash, including Ivan Rakitic, Ante Rebic and Sime Vrsaljko, through injuries. However Zlatko Dalic has called on Luka Modric, Lovren, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic and Andrej Kramaric for this meeting.
Croatia v Wales Preview and Predictions
Croatia have had a mixed run of form of late, with defeat to England and Spain ensuring their elimination from the UEFA Euro Nations League finals, followed by a win and a loss in their first two UEFA European Championships qualifiers, against Azerbaijan and Hungary respectively.
Home form will be the key for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finalists, and they are unbeaten in their last 23 games at home territory as part of a run which stretches all the way back to October 2013.
Wales won two and lost two in their four UEFA Euro Nations League games at the back end of 2018, in a tough group including rivals Denmark and the Republic of Ireland, with Giggs side winning their first UEFA European Championships qualifier, at home to Slovakia, back in March.
Giggs team have had a mixed set of results in their recent games on the road, winning three out of their last six games away from Cardiff, with away defeats to Denmark and Albania since he came into the job back in January 2018.
This is a tough one to call, with Wales looking more solid as time progresses under Giggs, but Croatia at home look to be a real force, and it is difficult to see past a home win in this clash - which is priced at 8/13.
Dalic's side have not looked as free flowing as they did in the 2018 tournament in Russia, and they have only scored more than two goals once since that defeat to France almost a year ago and this game should follow a similar pattern - with an under 2.5 total goals scored bet at 13/20.
Croatia to win 1-0 at 9/2
Dalic will be focused on three points here, after suffering a shock defeat to Hungary last time out, and he will be happy to just avoid what will be a tricky clash with an improving Welsh side this weekend. As for Wales, they are still a work in progress under Giggs, and will be eyeing their midweek game in Budapest, as must-win.
Andrej Kramaric to score first at 9/2
Hoffenheim striker Kramaric has enjoyed a fine season in the Bundesliga, scoring 22 goals in all competitions for Julian Nagelsmann's side. He is also in strong recent form his national team, scoring three goals in his last four appearances for Croatia.