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Spain U21 vs Croatia U21 Predictions & Tips - Spain to show class in U21 Euro quarter-finals
- Spain U21 vs Croatia U21 predictions for Monday’s U21 Euro quarter-final
- The match is being played at 5pm BST at Ljudski Vrt Stadium in Maribor
- Spain have won 5 of their last 6 matches against Croatia
- I am backing Spain to win and reach the semi-finals
- Preview, predictions, stats, squads & team news
Spain U21 have won to nil in 7 of their last 8 matches (Getty Images)
Spain U21 vs Croatia U21 Predictions
Spain should be too good for Croatia who were fortunate to reach the quarter-finals. I am backing La Rojita to win in Maribor and reach the UEFA U21 European Championship semi-finals.
- Spain U21 have won 15 of their last 18 matches (UEFA U21 European Championship).
- Spain U21 have won to nil in 7 of their last 8 matches (UEFA U21 European Championship).
- Spain U21 have won by 2+ goals in 6 of their last 7 matches (UEFA U21 European Championship).
- Spain U21 have won 5 of their last 6 matches against Croatia U21 (UEFA U21 European Championship).
- Croatia U21 have lost 2 of their last 3 matches (UEFA U21 European Championship).
Head to Head
Spain U21 have a 5-1 advantage against Croatia U21 with one draw in 7 matches.
Spain U21 Form
Spain U21 cruised through qualifying, winning nine matches with one draw. They conceded just one goal with 20 scored.
La Rojita topped Group B in the group stage. They started with a 3-0 win against Slovenia with Javi Puado, Gonzalo Villar and Juan Miranda on target.
Spain then drew 0-0 against Italy despite having 58% possession and 16-4 shots.
Luis de la Fuente’s side won 2-0 against Czech Republic to top the group. Dani Gómez came off the bench to score both goals.
Spain U21 Squad & Team News
Goalkeepers: Álvaro Fernández, Josep Martínez, Iñaki Peña
Defenders: Adrià Pedrosa, Hugo Guillamón, Jorge Cuenca, Óscar Gil, Alejandro Francés, Juan Miranda, Óscar Mingueza
Midfielders: Martín Zubimendi, Fran Beltrán, Gonzalo Villar, Marc Cucurella, Jon Moncayola, Manu García, Oihan Sancet
Forwards: Abel Ruiz, Brahim Díaz, Javi Puado, Bryan Gil, Fer Niño, Yeremi Pino
Barcelona’s Pedri, Riqui Puig and Real Sociedad’s Ander Barrenetxea miss out which highlights the strength of Spain’s squad.
Right back Óscar Mingueza is available after being suspended in the final group game.
Abel Ruiz is expected to stay in front of Dani Gómez for the starting spot up front.
Croatia U21 Form
Croatia reached the group stage as the fourth best second placed team. They won six matches with two draws and two defeats in qualification.
Igor Biscan’s side lost two of their three matches in the group stage. They finished level on points with Switzerland and England which was enough to qualify.
Croatia lost 1-0 in their opening match against Portugal. They won 3-2 against Switzerland, going 3-0 up through goals to Luka Ivanusec, Nikola Moro and Dario Vizinger before conceding two late goals.
The Young Blazers lost 2-1 against England in their last match. They were 2-0 down when Domagoj Bradarić scored in added time.
Croatia U21 Squad & Team News
Goalkeepers: Adrian Šemper, Ivan Nevistić, Ivor Pandur
Defenders: Domagoj Bradarić, Marin Šverko, Boško Šutalo, David Čolina, Martin Erlić, Joško Gvardiol, Mario Vušković, Bartol Franjić, Krešimir Krizmanić
Midfielders: Luka Ivanušec (vice-captain), Nikola Moro (captain), Lovro Majer, Kristijan Bistrović, Neven Đurasek, Hrvoje Babec
Forwards: Sandro Kulenović, Petar Musa, Dario Špikić, Matej Vuk, Stipe Biuk
Centre backs Joško Gvardiol, left back Domagoj Bradaric and defensive midfielder Nikola Moro will be important players in defence.
Dinamo Zagreb duo Lovro Majer and Luka Ivanusec should lead the attack.
Croatia sneaked into the group stage, reaching the quarter-finals with two defeats in three group games. Their luck is expected to run out against a superior superior Spanish side.
Best Bet: Spain U21 Win Full Time Result @-138.89 at Unibet - 3 Units
Value Bet: Spain U21 Win To Nil @187.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Spain U21 Win 2-0 Correct Score @700.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit