Croatia vs Greece Predictions, Betting Tips & Preview
It’s been a tough run for Greece who failed to reach the European Championships and only made this game by the skin of their teeth. Croatia are clear favorites to make it through this two legged tie.
Game: Croatia vs Greece
Venue: Stadion Maksimir
Kick-off: Thursday, 9th November, 7.45PM
Greece came from behind to beat Cyprus before seeing off Gibraltar 4-0 on the final matchday. The Greeks snapped a five game winless run in doing so, and secured their place thanks for Bosnia’s slip-up againstBelgium. Qualification had been in Bosnia’s hands, and failure to reach this playoff would have been a low point after several years of struggle.
But Greece can take plenty of positives from their recent games, as despite drawing a number of games in the group, they did manage to go unbeaten against Bosnia and held Belgium to a 1-1 draw on their travels. They’ll need to go one better if they’re to match any of those results against Croatia.
Croatia are the second best ranked side in these playoffs and have only lost two home qualifiers since 2008. Croatia allowed just two goals in the group stages of this qualification campaign, although their form on their travels could offer hope to Greece that this tie is not beyond them. Croatia made the last World Cup after a 2-0 playoff win over Iceland.
Hosts Croatia are an extremely short price at best odds of 4/11 with Bet365 whilst the draw is available at 17/5 through Betfair. Greece are clear underdogs and you’ll get odds of 9/1 with Betfred.
Greece are not the team they used to be, but their may just be signs that they’re moving back towards their best. Games like this one usually bring out the very best of the Greek footballing blueprint, and Croatia will need to be patient and disciplined if they’re to win this game.
Only Bosnia have stopped Greece from scoring away from home in their last 13 World Cup qualifiers dating back to the 2013 campaign. Overall, they’ve netted in six of their last seven, and only twice have they conceded more than once in 18 away games. Croatia are too short a price here as Greece could well dig their heels in.
Back our Free Betting Tip: Greece +1AH at 2.30 with Bet365
It’s bound to be a tight game. Croatia have 180 minutes to unlock Greece, although they’ll want to register in the home leg. Greece would be absolutely fine with a 0-0 score line, and they’ll also look to catch Croatia cold on the counter attack. Greece’s defensive recorded on their travels is too good to overlook.
Back our Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw at best odds 9/1 with Betfred
Croatia have a threat all over the pitch, but the midfield could be crowded out and it may fall on the shoulders of Mario Mandzukic to utilise a set-piece in this game. Greece’s danger men on the counter include Kostas Mitroglou and Konstantinos Stafylidis, but it’s the former that has registered six goals through the group stages of this campaign.
Back our Scorer Prediction: Kostas Mitroglou to score at 5/1 with Bet365