Stuck on one point apiece after two games, Croatia and Scotland meet here knowing that another draw will send them both out of the competition. So, there’s no room for error in this winner takes all match.
European Championship 2020
Venue: Hampden Park
When Croatia finished in second place at the 2018 World Cup, they captured the attention of all and sundry. The football world thought they’d arrived but ever since then, Croatia have been on a rather downward spiral, and now look like they would not qualify from a group containing even Scotland and Czech Republic.
After limiting England to just one goal in their 1-0 defeat, many were expecting Croatia to turn up the side against a supposedly inferior Czech Republic but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw after going behind in the game. A draw will have the Croats finish in third place but with only two points to show for, that mean they’ll be mathematically eliminated so this in turn is a must win game for them.
Scotland return to Hampden Park after playing a goalless draw against England at Wembley. They deserved a point at least at the end of the day and were the better side for most of that game.
Thus, that point puts them nicely in the hunt for a third place finish and a route to the next round but they’ll have to overcome the 2018 World Cup runner-ups. Scotland are yet to score in this tournament and are now going to miss their MOTM against England, Billy Gilmour for this game. A win for Scotland will put them into the next round, but anything other than that and it’s curtains to their Euro 2020 adventure.
Croatia have no injury concerns ahead of their match against Scotland.
Billy Gilmour will miss this match after testing positive for Covid-19.
Croatia’s last five games: WDLLD
Scotland’s last five games: WDWLD
Croatia have won just two matches in their last 11 games (D3 L6)
Scotland have never lost to Croatia in a competitive fixture. (W2 D3)
Goals are likely to be scarce in this game between these two evenly matched sides.
Both attacks haven’t proved all to threatening so far and both sides lack a proper out and out goal scorer.
The last five meetings between these two nations has witnessed less than three goals in each game. Croatia have played Under 2.5 goals in six of their last seven games while Scotland have played under 2.5 goals in 10 of their last 13 games. Let’s go for Under 2.5 goals in this one at 5/6 odds.
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