A resurgent Spain take on Croatia in the last-16 stage of Euro 2020 on Monday night. Who will win at the Parken Stadium? Check out here our Croatia vs Spain betting preview with predictions, betting tips, line-ups, team news, how to watch the match, highest odds and free bets!
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How to watch Croatia v Spain
The match is scheduled for a 5pm BST kick-off on Monday, June 28, 2021.
Croatia vs Spain will be held at the Parken Stadium and will be televised on ITV for free. UK viewers will be able to stream the match online via the ITV Hub, a streaming platform available to smartphones, smart TVs, PC, tablets and game consoles.
Croatia vs Spain Betting PreviewCroatia rounded off their group campaign with a comfortable 3-1 success over Scotland, qualifying for this stage by finishing runner-up in Group D. That victory ended a four match winless streak. Prior to that, the Razors recorded a 1-0 loss to England and a 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic. The 2018 World Cup finalists have never progressed past the quarter-final stage at the European Championships.
Spain finished runner-up in Group E behind Sweden. After two disappointing performances with Sweden (0-0) and Poland (1-1) in their first two Group E encounters, La Roja roared into life at Euro 2020 with a 5-0 hammering of Slovakia in their final group game, a match conditioned by two cardinal errors made by the Slovakian goalkeeper Dubravka. Spain and Croatia met for the last time in the 2018 UEFA Nations League edition. Spain hammered Croatia 6-0 at home, but they lost 3-2 the away match.
Best OddsSpain are favourites to win this clash - 13/20 with STS. William Hill offer 6/1 for "Croatia to win" while the draw is backable at 14/5 with Ladbrokes.
Probable Line-UpsCroatia (4-3-3): Livakovic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Gvardiol; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Vlasic, Petkovic, Rebic
Dejan Lovren will miss the match because he is suspended while Ivan Perisic has tested psotive for COVID-19 and will self-isolate for 10 days at least. Josko Gvardiol is a major doubt having picked up an injury in the second half against Scotland. Borna Barisic is not 100% fit and this could be a major blow for Zlatko Dalic's men defense. As a result, Sime Vrsaljko should feature from the off. Bruno Petkovic and Andrej Kramaric are in competition to start up front for, while Ante Rebic and Nikola Vlasic look sure starters out wide. Josip Brekalo provide a further option. The likes of Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic will start in the middle of the park.
Spain (4-3-3): Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Torres, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, Koke; Sarabia, Morata, G. Moreno
Sergio Busquets received one nasty knock against Slovakia and is likely to miss this clash. After a brilliant outing last time out, Pablo Sarabia will hope to keep his place in the side ahead of and Ferran Torres. The likes of Alvaro Morata and Gerard Moreno will retain their berth up front. Koke and Pedri are favourites to start in the middle of the park, meaning Thiago Alcantara will be benched again. Pau Torres will likely replace Eric Garcia to start alongside Aymeric Laporte in defense while Cesar Azpilicueta is a slight doubt but should keep out Marcos Llorente to feature at right-back once again.
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Croatia v Spain Predictions
Spanish manager Luis Enrique feels “La Roja” are back to being a contender to win Euro 2020, but Croatia will provide a tough test in Copenhagen. This seems certain to be a cagier affair, with two midfields that like to dominate possession. Spain appeared to finally click against Slovakia last time out and should come out on top. It should not be a high scoring affair, so we back the 1-0 correct score and the Under 2.5 total goals bets.
Here are the betting previews for other EURO 2020 Round of 16 games:
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- Wales vs. Denmark
- Netherlands vs. Czech Republic
- Belgium vs. Portugal
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