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Croatia vs Scotland Predictions & Tips - Back a Draw Between Out of Form Sides at Euro 2020

  • Croatia vs Scotland predictions for Tuesday’s European Championship match
  • The Group D fixture is being played at 8:00 pm BST at Hampden Park
  • I am tipping a draw with Croatia winless in 9 of their last 11 matches
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Alex Waite 22 Jun 2021
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Croatia vs Scotland Predictions


Croatia and Scotland have both struggled for wins and started Euro 2020 poorly. The two sides have lacked quality in front of goal, so I am tipping a draw at Hampden Park. 

  • Croatia are winless in 9 of their last 11 matches (all competitions)
  • Croatia have drawn their last 3 matches against Scotland (all competitions)
  • Scotland are winless in 7 of their last 9 matches (all competitions)

Head-to-Head


Croatia have a 2-0 advantage against Scotland in five meetings with three draws. 

Croatia Form


Croatia cameback from a goal down to draw 1-1 against the Czech Republic on Friday. They are in third place in Group D on one point after a 1-0 defeat to England in their opening match.

Croatia must win against Scotland to salvage any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Zlatko Dalić’s side struggled in the first half against the Czech Republic. Dejan Lovern conceded a penalty just before halftime that the Czech’s converted. Croatia responded positively in the second period and Ivan Perisic scored on 47 minutes. 

They pushed for the winner with Bruno Petkovic going close but couldn’t convert despite 11 shots on goal. 

Croatia have been in poor form. They are winless in their last four matches in all competitions and have scored just two goals. 

Dalić’s side have won twice in their last 11 matches; routine wins in World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Cyprus.

Croatia Injuries & Team News


Goalkeepers: Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic, Simon Sluga
Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Borna Barisic, Duje Caleta-Car, Josip Juranovic, Domagoj Bradaric, Mile Skoric, Josko Gvardiol
Midfielders: Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Milan Badelj, Mario Pasalic, Nikola Vlasic, Luka Ivanusec
Forwards: Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Ante Rebic, Josip Brekalo, Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic, Ante Budimir

Full back Borna Barisic is back in contention following an injury. 

Marcelo Brozovic was dropped for Andrej Kramaric against the Czech Republic. Brozovic is set to return to the starting line-up against Scotland.

Bruno Petkovic looked sharp against the Czech Republic. He could come into the starting XI as the lone striker to replace Ante Rebic.

Scotland Form 


Scotland bounced back from a disappointing 2-0 defeat against the Czech Republic and held England to a 0-0 draw.

The Tartan Army remain bottom of Group D on one point and must win against Croatia to keep their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 alive. 

Steve Clarke’s were on the back foot against England and they had 40% possession and 0.73 expected goals. Che Adams and Lyndon Dykes both went close to scoring on the counterattack in the second half.

Despite an improved performance, Scotland lacked attacking quality once more against England. They have scored once in their last three and failed to score in both of their Euro 2020 matches so far.

Scotland Injuries & Team News


Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon, David Marshall, Jon McLaughlin
Defenders: Nathan Patterson, Stephen O’Donnell, Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney, Greg Taylor, Liam Cooper, Grant Hanley, Declan Gallagher, Scott McKenna, Jack Hendry
Midfielders: Billy Gilmour, Callum McGregor, Scott McTominay, Stuart Armstrong, John McGinn, John Fleck, David Turnbull
Forwards: Che Adams, James Forrest, Ryan Christie, Ryan Fraser, Lyndon Dykes, Kevin Nisbet

Midfielder Billy Gilmour is self-isolating and unavailable. Stuart Armstong could be recalled to the starting lineup. 

Steve Clarke will stick with his 3-5-2 formation and is likely to name an unchanged starting XI.

Scott McTominay, Grant Hanley and Kieran Tierney were solid against England and should retain their places in the back three.

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Verdict

Scotland and Croatia have struggled for form at Euro 2020. Neither side has looked threatening in Group D, I am tipping a 1-1 draw.

Best Bet: Draw Full Time Result @280.00 at Unibet - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @650.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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