To World Cup finalists Croatia, Wales will know whatever barring a success at home Together with their backs firmly positioned against the walls.
Ryan Giggs men are in Group E, with Slovakia, Croatia and Hungary all sitting in the bid to finish in the top two. Thursdays draw in Slovakia keeps qualification hopes alive, but they running out of chances to assert themselves in this group; together with Hungary anticipated to conquer against Azerbaijan this Croatia battle remains monumental.
But what of the visitors? After Englands slapped them into Nations League relegation annually, Zlatko Dali??s side understood the pressure was about to make up from a banana skin-ridden set, but on the whole theyve impressed — making 13 points from their six games.
What will happen on Sunday? Can Wales assert a much-needed victory? Will Croatias quality tell? Now that were at the business end of qualifying, we have a pretty good idea of exactly what to expect from both of these sides, and that I think backing Croatia to kill Ryan Giggs hopes with a victory is your best wager (priced at 6/4).
Looking at the numbers, youd believe Wales lack of goals would be a unsustainable trait. Although both sides have conceded five apiece five targets when compared with Croatias 13 — is unimpressive.
It must be said Croatia are streaky on the road: following-up a 4-0 victory in Slovakia using a draw from Azerbaijan, but with four consecutive victories against Wales, and just one defeat in their last 12 European Championships fittings, and you get a sense it will take a gigantic Welsh effort to prevent a defeat, and a lack of firepower will finally their undoing. ??
Croatia art will visit them such as it did in Osijek when they won 2-1.
1 person who has impressed me of late is Bruno Petkovic. The Dimano Zagreb striker has become Croatia guy up top, and has scored four goals in his six appearances for his country.
Hes scored twice in Croatia few qualifiers, along with his physical approach will be a nightmare for Wales defenders.
Hes 11/4 to score in any time, which looks a decent bet considering the form hes shown lately. ??
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