Slovakia vs. Croatia - 9/6/19 European Championship - Qualification - Group E Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Croatia at Slovakia

Friday, September 6, 2019 at 1:45 PM (City Arena Trnava)

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Slovakia is hosting Croatia in Group E, in round 5 of Euro Cup Qualifications.

Slovakia is a solid team and is 2nd in standings in Group E with 6 points. With 7 scored goals in 3 matches, Slovakia is the most efficient team in Group E and the best defensive team with only 2 conceded goals. In their last match against Azerbaijan, Slovakia was a much better team with 63% of ball possession, 10 shots on goal, and high 92% of correct passes and has won this game 1-5. Marek Hamsik is Slovakia's best player in these qualifications with 2 goals and an overall rating of 7.73. Pavel Hapal has been signed as the head coach of the Slovakian national team in October of last year and since than Slovakia has shown improvement in every aspect of the game and has lost only 2 games since. With up and coming players like Lobotka, Duda, and Skrinar, Slovakia has a lot of potential and bright future. Slovakia has no injured or suspended players and coach Hapal is expected to put out his strongest lineup. Slovakia is ranked as 31st in FIFA standings but I think they have the quality be a few spots higher. Slovakia will compete with Hungary and Croatia for the top two spots in the group, but out of these 3 teams, I think Slovakia has the lowest chances to get qualified. 

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Croatia is a strong and compact team who ended up second in last years World Cup in Russia. In their last Euro Cup qualification match against Wales, Croatia was dominant with 62% of ball possession, but only 2 shots on goal, 1 corner kick, and 85% of correct passes. It was a tough and hard game which Croatia was able to win 2-1 and stay close to Hungary and Slovakia. Kramaric and Kovacic are injured and will not be in the lineup while Rakitic has declined the call up because of personal reasons. Missing these players could potentially be the problem for coach Dalic. In the first 3 games on qualifications, Croatia has scored 5 goals which isn't bad, the problem was shaky defense and bad goalkeeping which allowed 4 goals. Croatia likes to play with a lot of possession and fast plays through their wingers Perisic and Rebic and with Petkovic who is strong and tall as the only option as a striker, this game plan could work. It's hard to say who is the best player in Croatian national team, but if I had to choose I would take Modric who was voted as the best player in the world after last years World Cup and has been the motor of both Croatian national team and Real Madrid for years. Croatia is 3rd in the Group E standings at the moment with 6 points, same as Slovakia and this is their chance to get ahead of them and catch up with Hungary at the top. With all the injuries and players that declined the call-up, I still think that Croatia has enough quality and is the best team in this group. 

Slovakia and Croatia have played 3 times since 2004. with Croatia winning 2 games while 1 match ended up in a draw. Croatia's last 7 games have gone over 2.5 goals and Slovakia is solid offensively. I think that Croatia will win because they are the better team, but because Croatia lacks consistency on the defensive end I think they will concede at least 1 goal.

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