Azerbaijan vs Croatia 09/03/2015 UEFA 2016 European Cup Qualifier
Croatia vs Azerbaijan
Thursday 3rd September 2015 12:00(ET)
The Line: Azerbaijan 10/1 Draw 4/1 Croatia 2/5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SKy Sports 1 ; ESPN
Azerbaijan took a 6-0 loss against Croatia in the first group meeting of these two way back in October 2014 and while the home side will be keen to not repeat that loss I think very little has changed in terms of what to expect from both sides. Azerbaijan have produced much better performances in their last two games but they have been against the weaker sides in the group. Azerbaijan though in general play much better at home and this is a home tie, still it's tough to see them stopping this Croatia team.
In comparison of squads its just impossible to think that Croatia will not win this game. Led by Real Madrid midfielder Luca Modric along with Barcelona midfielder Rakitic and Juventus striker Mandzukich this is a Croatia side who could well compete to win Euro2016. Currently in pole position in the Group with fourteen points Croatia know they just need to win three of their four remaining games to finish top of the group. This is a tough game but not one that should cause them undue concern. I think Croatia's attacking talent will tell in the end here against a workmanlike Azerbaijan and at 8/11 minus a goal I think the handicap has to be taken here.
Croatia should win this one by two of three at the least. Taking Croatia -1 on the handicap looks one of the best bets of the International matches on Thursday evening.