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Croatia vs. Scotland 6/22/21 Euro Cup 2021 Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Croatia vs. Scotland
June 22, 2021 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +100, Under 2.5 -125
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Scotland is hosting Croatia at Hampden Park in round 3 of Group D in the Euro Cup 2021. Croatia has been struggling in this tournament so far, and in their first two games, Croatia has had one good half. Scotland got surprised against Czech Republic in round 1, but they have defended well against England in round 2, and they have deservedly got a point out of that match.

Croatia is in bad shape, the worst shape in the last 4 years. In their last 4 games, Croatia has 2 losses and 2 draws, and they have scored only 2 goals while conceding 4 goals during that stretch. In their last game against Czech Republic, Croatia has had 49% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 82% of the correct passes. The first half was absolutely terrible for Croatia, and they were losing 0-1 at halftime, but in the second half, Croatia is waking up and they were able to tie the score. We haven’t seen any more goals in this match, and the final score was 1-1. Perisic is the only goalscorer for Croatia as of right now, while Kramaric added 1 assist. Nothing is working for Croatia right now, especially in the attacking end, but now it’s the time to end this slump and win this game because the next round of the Euro Cup is at stake.

It was reported earlier today that Scotland has a few Covid cases, and among those players is Gilmour, one of the best and most important Scotland’s players. Gilmour will miss this game, and that is a huge blow for Scotland. With 1 point, 0 scored goals, and 2 conceded goals, Scotland is in the last place of this group, but with a win here, they would most likely qualify for the next stage. Scotland was playing against England in round 2, and they have had 40% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and a decent 81% of the correct passes. Offensively, Scotland hasn’t done anything, but their defense on the other hand was outstanding. This game has ended in a 0-0 draw, and Scotland has bought themselves a chance to qualify to the next stage. As I’ve mentioned earlier, Scotland still hasn’t scored a goal in this tournament, and that is nothing unusual for them because they don’t have the offensive quality. Scotland will be missing some players, but they have no choice but to go for the win here.

Neither of these teams is in good form, but Croatia is the better and deeper team here. Both teams need a win, but I think Scotland will start more defensively and focus on counterattacks. Croatia has better players on both ends, and I see them winning this match.

Goran Kucar's Free Pick: Croatia -1.5 +315

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Goran Kucar

I was born and raised in Croatia, and with that, I was raised with soccer all around me. I love playing soccer, watching soccer, and now I love writing and handicapping soccer at PickDawgz and SportsChatPlace.

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