Ace Football previews the Group D match between Croatia and Scotland in Euro 2020 and offers betting tips, odds, and predictions.
Croatia and Scotland lock horns in the European Championship this Tuesday. The Croatians enter Euro 2020 as number 14 in the FIFA world rankings, with their opponents in 44th place in comparison.
Prior to their first outing at the Euros, Croatia were expected by the bookmakers to at least challenge for 1st place in Group D. The 2018 World Cup finalists had few problems taking a highly anticipated 1st place in the qualifying group, but they will have to dig deep now to go far into this tournament.
Judging by the prices from the bookmakers it would be a big upset to see Scotland lasting beyond the group stages at the Euros. They did make it out of the group at the Euro 2016 before being sent packing in the round of 16.
Stats and Analysis
When it comes to goal-scoring Croatia are not the most prolific side. Zlatko Dalic’s side scored a sustainable 18 times in their previous 10 internationals, making it 1.8 goals per game. They have been great in defense conceding a lowly 9 goals at their own end. That is an average of 0.9 a game, achieving a clean sheet in 2 of these matches.
Having only picked up a single point so far, Croatia need to seriously up their game to claim their first win at the Euros. Scotland are on the same boat, having claimed just a draw so far.
Stats and facts for Croatia and Scotland.
Fun stats Croatia
- Croatia unbeaten the last 5 matches in a row at home;
- Croatia has won in the last 4 of 5 matches at home;
- Croatia scored in the last 14 of 16 matches;
- Croatia conceded in the last 11 of 13 matches.
Fun stats Scotland
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Scotland’s last 8 of 10 matches;
- Scotland conceded in the last 8 of 10 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Scotland’s last 2 of 4 matches.
Croatians enjoy steady progress.
One can’t really point a finger on the results for Croatia in past weeks as they have performed according to their level. In their last 3 matches, the Blazers suffered a 1-0 away defeat against Belgium, followed by a 1-0 defeat against England. Their most recent match brought a 1-1 draw with the Czech Republic.
Scots keep target in sight.
Results have been on par, so to speak, for Scotland in recent weeks as results have been as expected, whether positive or negative. In their previous 3 matches, the Tartan Army won 1-0 against Luxembourg and went on to a 2-0 defeat against the Czech Republic. Their latest match served up a dull 0-0 draw at England.
Croatia v Scotland Fixture History
On 15 October 2013 these two nations went toe-to-toe against each other in their most previous meeting, when Scotland ran away winners with a 2-0 scoreline.
Croatia have won 0%, while Scotland have won 40% of their last 5 encounters in the European Championship resulting in a total of 0-3-2.
Ivan Perisic arrives at Euro 2020 very keen to continue the momentum he has built up in his last 6 internationals for Croatia. Scoring 3 goals in half a dozen matches is a decent output. With Ryan Fraser on 2 goals in the last 6 internationals, he has delivered the goods for Scotland and hopes to do so again on Tuesday.