Italy vs Croatia 11/16/2014 Euro2016 Quailifer Preview,Odds and Prediction
Croatia vs Italy
Sunday 16th November 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Italy 5/4 Draw 11/5 Croatia 11/4 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports; Fox Sports
Another game where the top two in a group meet on Sunday, with the Italians and Croatians have both won three from three. Italy will be without Andrea Pirlo who is out injured, De Rossi will take control of the midfield and will be looking for Pelle and Balotelli to lead the line for Italy. Southampton striker Pelle is on a serious hot streak in the league the complete opposite of Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli who is ice cold and couldnt buy a goal at the moment. Hard to know if Antonio Conte can start Balotelli but the Liverpool striker probably needs the break from club football and International break could be the best thing for him.
On the side of Croatia they have been excellant in qualifying, after a poor World Cup the croatians re grouped and look like a team intent on going all the way in the Euro's. With Real Madrid star Luka Modric and Barcelona's Rakitic in the midfield Croatia have the talent to cause Italy somereal problems.Upfront they have Mario Mandzukich the AthelticoMadrid star who transfered from Bayern Munich in the summer. This game is a real test of how good Croatia are and will be interesting to see how this game finishes.
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Its another game where I am finding it hard to split the teams. Italy are favourites because they have home advantage but honestly I think Croatia are the better team here. The only thing that goes against Croatia is Italy have not lost a home qualifier since September 1999 thats fifteen years and a very difficult stat to bet against. For this reason I am taking Croatia +1 on the handicap. The only reason I am not taking the draw is because I think Croatia might just sneak this on the outright.