Bulgaria vs Croatia 10/10/2014 Free UEFA European Championship Qualifier Pick and Preview
Croatia vs Bulgaria
Friday 10th October 2014 19:45 (GMT)
The Line: Bulgaria 3/1 Draw 9/4 Croatia 6/5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Go; Fox Sports
Of all the friday night games in the European Championship this one may just be the best game of football. European Championship qualifiers are notoriously tough to call in the early stages and this year's has proven to be no different with Slovakia beating Spain on Friday night and a number of shocks already in the record books in the first round of action. Bulgaria started out with a good win in Azerbajan which will be a tough game for all teams in Group H. This is a bulgaria team without Dimitar Berbatov who has retired from international football but as a team the Bulgarians seem more on the same page and at home in Sofia they will be tough to break down.Tonev and Popov will be key in the midfield battle with Croatia's star studded middle third, the Celtic man in particular will be looking to stunt Modric's influence on the game.
Croatia have a star studded squad with Modric, Mandzukich, Jelavich, Eduardo and Rakitich playing across the top clubs in Europe its hard to see anything other than a croatia win when you look at the two squads side by side. Of course games are not won on paper and Bulgaria at home will be very tough to break down but I just feel that Modric and in particular Mandzukich will be too had to handle for a very young Bulgarian side.
I am going to take Croatia to get the tough win away from home in a game that should set the Croatians up to win this group. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo