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It’s time for us to have a look at the fifth game of Round of 16 at EURO 2020/2021. Croatia and Spain go up against each other in a match that could very well be directly deciding the future for both teams' coaches. So who will get a ticket for the quarter-finals? Let's try to figure it out.

Spain started at a low speed in the EURO2020 group games, and noteworthy was the offensive struggles. Against two teams which on paper shouldn’t create troubles for La Roja, Sweden and Poland, the team ended with a draw in both. Immediately rumours started and a lot of unhappy voices about Luis Enrique choices were heard.

Now when Spain has to go up against a team of Croatia’s calibre it certainly looks like the outcome is unclear. Zlatko Dalić is a smart and experienced coach who should be able to find the right key to unlock the Spanish defence, especially with the help of the high-class offensive players he can utilize. In the last game of the group stage, we saw a different team of Spain who managed to score 5 goals against Slovakia and seemed awakened. Our betting tip for Croatia - Spain is Both teams to score which at the moment of writing is offered at odds of 2.10+

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Betting Tip for Croatia vs Spain: Both Teams to Score

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Croatia vs Spain EURO 2020/2021 Game Analysis, Odds and Betting Predictions

Not only the Spaniards conquered the qualification with a few difficulties: Croatia also struggled to get through the groups round. They needed to wait for the last 45 min of the match against Scotland to validate their ticket to the Round of 16. The 1-1 draw with which the first half of the game ended had made us think of an end of the path for Croats in this European championship. Dalic's team pulled the rabbit out of the hat, scoring two important goals in the second half of the game that set the final result of the match against the Scots at 3-1. The two "veterans", Modric and Perisic, with their decisive goals, ensured the passage of the round for the reigning world runners-up.

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Croatia and Spain risked being left out of the knockout stages of the European Championship, but thanks to the victories they won in the last round, they both managed to qualify within the last train. Now, the possibilities of remedying any errors will be less, so they should be very careful and avoid distractions. On the one hand the Red Furies, despite the convincing 5-0 win against Slovakia, will have to show more efficiency in attack and try not to waste chances in front of the goal. On the other hand, Croatia will have to give fewer opportunities to the opponent because chasing is much more tiring. The game promises to be perhaps more open than the odds of the bookmakers say ...

An element to take into consideration will be the home factor: the game will be played at Parken in Copenhagen, so Spain will no longer be able to benefit from the fans, after having played all the matches of the group stage in their home stadium La Cartouche in Seville. At the same time, some players may feel less pressure in front of a goal, yes we are talking about Morata. Certainly, Luis Enrique has a bunch of good strikers such as Sarabia and Ferrán Torres who have finally scored and gained confidence, so we can expect some show in the offensive zone.

Croatia - Overview & Facts

Croatia no longer displays the same level as that seen at the 2018 World Cup. This drop-in speed is largely explained by the difficulty of renewing a golden generation in a small country of 4 million inhabitants. Luka Modric's teammates started this Euro badly by losing against England at Wembley (0-1) before winning only a point against the Czech Republic. Critics have burst forth after these 2 unsuccessful performances which reflected certain shortcomings in the offensive sector. Back to the wall before the last round, they delivered a much more consistent performance last Tuesday against the weakest opponent in Group D, Scotland (3-1). Author of their best match since the start of the competition, Croatia reassured all their supporters of their potential. Despite the hostility of the Glasgow public and the difficult group situation, they reached 2nd place in the pool, just behind England.

Zlatko Dalic's men did not perform well in the last Nations League A (3rd with a record of 1 victory and 5 defeats). Last March, they began their qualifications for the next World Cup with a detrimental setback in Slovenia (1-0) before aligning 2 expected wins against Cyprus (1-0) and Malta (3-0).

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Not satisfied with his men after the first 2 games, Croatian coach Zlatko Dalic successfully made some changes against Scotland. The main winner of these changes is undoubtedly Nikola Vlasic. Excellent with CSKA Moscow in the last 2 seasons, the playmaker was among the titulars and he took the opportunity to score. He should be among the starters for this round of 16 just like the very influential Ivan Perisic, who has already found the net twice in years, Luka Modric remains the guide of this team. Scorer and passer against Scotland, he forms a very solid midfield with Brozovic (Inter) and Kovacic (Chelsea). The right side Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid) should make his return in the starting 11. A little tight physically during the group stage, the left side back Barisic is now available for his coach who will have to choose a starter between him and Gvardiol. The defence has experience with the captains Vida and Lovren. The main uncertainty lies in the choice of the centre forward. Not convincing since the start of the Euro, strikers Rebic, Kramaric and Petkovic are with equal chances to occupy the post.

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Livakovic - Vrsaljko, Vida, Lovren, Gvardiol (or Barisic) - Brozovic, Kovacic - Vlasic, Modric, Perisic - Rebic (or Kramaric or Petkovic).

Spain - Overview & Facts

It was difficult to get this qualification for Spain. Despite the huge win against Slovakia (5-0) in the last round, La Roja suffered on their home soil. In their first two games of the Euro, the Spaniards have had a glaring lack of efficiency. Hooked by Sweden (0-0) at the opening for them of this Euro, the Spanish selection had 85% possession of the ball but they didn't manage to create any great goal chances. In their second game against Poland, La Roja succeeded in the opening, but they conceded the equalizer by the biggest Polish star Lewandowski (1-1). Spain, therefore, qualified by demolishing Slovakia with 5-0 which is the 3rd 5-0 result in European Championship history. If this match had started sluggishly (penalty missed by Morata), the teammates of Busquets gained confidence after scoring their first goal and then didn't give any chances to Slovaks. In difficulties during the last international competitions (quarter finalist at Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup), Spain finished 2nd in their group and will try to pass that milestone this time.

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Tested positively for Covid before the Euro, captain Busquets (123 caps) returned for the decisive match against Slovakia and did well in the Spanish midfield. Luis Enrique's other new starters against the Slovaks, central defender Eric Garcia (Barcelona, ex-Man City), European club champion right-back Azpilicueta (Chelsea) and Parisian winger Sarabia made a good impression and should be among the titulars again. Scorer against Poland, Morata (Juventus, 41 caps) on the other hand missed a lot against Sweden and saw his penalty stopped by Dubravka against Slovakia on the other hand against Poland he scored his 20th goal for the Spain national team. A missed penalty by Morata was already the 2nd penalty missed by Spain in this Euro after that of Gerard Moreno (13 caps, 5 goals) against Poland.

Likely Starting eleven

(4-3-3):

Simon - Azpilicueta, E. Garcia, Laporte, Alba - Koke, Busquets, Pedri - Moreno, Morata, Sarabia.

Croatia vs Spain Head - to - Head Analysis

7 games have been played between Croatia and Spain. The Iberians have 4 wins, 2 losses and a draw. However, they were defeated by the Vatreni in their last duel, in the second leg (3-2) of their double confrontation in the Nations League (2018-2019 edition) after a major victory in the first leg (6-0).

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EURO 2020/2021 Game

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As Croatia - Spain concludes we will know which team will meet the winner of France and Switzerland in the quarter-finals.

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