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Spain vs Croatia Predictions & Tips – BTTS the Best Bet in Euro 2024 Group B Opener

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Last updated: 13 Jun 2024
Vedran Ostojic 13 Jun 2024
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  • Both teams recently secured two straight victories in June
  • High efficiency levels exhibited by both sides
  • Betting on both teams to score is a top recommendation
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Croatia have scored 9 goals in their last 3 matches (Getty)

Spain vs Croatia Preview 


Croatia had an impressive appearance in Lisbon last week, beating Portugal 2-1. Spain had a stellar run in the qualifiers and won their last two friendlies, so I expect both sides to find the net. 
  • Spain vs Croatia Preview 
  • Head to Head 
  • Spain Form 
  • Spain Squad & Team News 
  • Croatia Form 
  • Croatia Squad & Team News 

  • Spain have seen BTTS in 2 of their last 3 matches against Croatia. 
  • Spain have scored 18 goals in their last 6 matches. 
  • Croatia have scored 9 goals in their last 3 matches. 

Head to Head 


Spain have a 6-3 advantage against Croatia with 1 draw in 10 matches. 

They last met in June 2023, Spain winning the UEFA Nations League finals on penalties (0-0 in regular time). 

Spain Form 


Spain head into Euro 2024 with high confidence after earning two convincing victories in friendly matches earlier this month. 

The Red Fury had zero troubles against minnows Andorra 5-0, while even better performance was seen three days after against Northern Ireland 5-1. Mikel Oyarzabal scoring four goals in those encounters, Pedri bagging two. 

Luis de la Fuente’s side was less successful during their international friendlies in March where they lost to Colombia 1-0 and drawn against Brazil 3-3. 

Spain were one of the most successful teams in the EURO 2024 qualifiers, topping their group with 21 points (seven wins, one loss) ahead of Scotland, Norway, Georgia and Cyprus, scoring 25 and allowing just five goals.   

Spain Squad & Team News 


Goalkeepers: Unai Simón, David Raya, Álex Remiro,   
Defenders: Jesús Navas, Dani Carvajal, Aymeric Laporte, Nacho, Robin Le Normand, Pau Cubarsí, Marc Cucurella, Álex Grimaldo, Daniel Vivian   
Midfielders: Rodri, Fabián Ruiz, Mikel Merino, Marcos Llorente, Pedri, Martín Zubimendi, Álex Baena, Aleix García, Fermín López    
Forwards: Álvaro Morata (captain), Ferran Torres, Dani Olmo, Mikel Oyarzabal, Nico Williams, Joselu, Lamine Yamal, Ayoze Pérez   

Jose Gaya, Marco Asensio and Alejandro Balde are injured.    

Pau Torres, Gavi, Pablo Sarabia and Rodrigo Moreno were not called up. 

Croatia Form 


Croatia made an impressive appearance in Lisbon last week, defeating the favored Portugal 2-1. Luka Modric converted a penalty in the first half, and Ante Budimir scored the winning goal in the second half. The Blazers had 2.72-1.39 expected goals, 47% possession, and 16-15 shots in that match. 

Zlatko Dalic’s side beat North Macedonia 3-0 earlier this month, with Lovro Majer scoring the opening two goals in Rijeka and Mario Pasalic netting off the bench. 

The Blazers went to Cairo to play two friendlies in March. They drew 0-0 against Tunisia before a 4-2 win against Egypt, with Nikola Vlašić, Bruno Petkovic, Andrej Kramaric, and Lovro Majer as the goalscorers. 

Croatia faced difficulties in the EURO 2024 qualifiers but eventually finished 2nd in Group D with five wins, one draw, and two defeats. They were one point behind Turkey and ahead of Wales, Armenia, and Latvia. 

Croatia Squad & Team News 


Goalkeepers: Dominik Livaković, Nediljko Labrović, Ivica Ivušić 
Defenders: Josip Stanišić, Marin Pongračić, Joško Gvardiol, Martin Erlić, Josip Šutalo, Borna Sosa, Domagoj Vida, Josip Juranović 
Midfielders: Lovro Majer, Mateo Kovačić, Luka Modrić, Marcelo Brozović, Nikola Vlašić, Mario Pašalić, Luka Ivanušec, Luka Sučić, Martin Baturina 
Forwards: Andrej Kramarić, Ivan Perišić, Ante Budimir, Bruno Petković, Marko Pjaca, Marco Pašalić 

Dominik Kotarski, Borna Barišić, Duje Ćaleta-Car and Kristijan Jakić were left out of the squad. 

Andrej Kramarić has scored 28 goals in 93 appearances. 

Verdict

Both sides are in red-hot form at the moment, having earned two straight victories in June friendlies while maintaining high efficiency. Betting on both teams to score stands out as the best bet for this clash in Berlin. 

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