Croatia vs Slovakia - 16/11/2019 Preview

Croatia vs Slovakia should be one of the most important games of UEFA Euro 2020 qualification in Group E, which will be held at Stadion HNK Rijeka, in Rijeka. After playing a draw with Wales, Croatia lost needed points and still are under question about taking 1st place in the group. Slovakia played 1 game less than their opponents. In Group E here still remains intrigued which team will take advantage in this difficult situation. At the moment Croatia stands at 1st place with 14, while Slovakia after 6 matches have 10 points and stand at 3rd place. During this qual. Croatia already smashed Slovakia at City Arena, in  Trnava, with 0:4 result. Read our thoughts about this thrilling and interesting UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification Croatia vs Slovakia game, here below.

Croatia vs Slovakia

Both teams look strong so far, however, Croatia was named as a clear favourite of the group. Now, they have 14 points and stand at 1st place with only 2 points difference with Hungary and 4 with their next rivals. At home ground, Croatians won all the games, but away they won only once over the Slovakia, which will be the next guest in Rijeka. Slovakia lost twice during this qualification against the Blazers and Wales, however, still have great chances to succeed. The runners up of World Cup 2018 have all in their hands, as they face the next and the last opponent at home ground. Moreover, they are very strong there, as the last time in an official game they lost to Scotland during the World Cup 2014 Qualification. We doubt that many, even the best teams in Europe can boast of such an achievement.

Croatia vs Slovakia key players

Both teams obviously have very strong and talented players. However, Croatia still plays with almost the same Silver medalist players from WC 2018 in Russia. Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and many other players will lead the squad to the next Euro 2020 participation. Unfortunately, this time squad will play without Ivan Rakitic and Dejan Lovren due to injury and suspension, so in the middle of the defence and midfield area team will play without to very important players.

Pavel Hapal, who joined the Slovakia national team in 2018 also called the universal squad. During the last rounds of UEFA Euro 2020, he made very big changes and tries different players. Unfortunately, Vladimir Weiss, Martin Skrtel and Tomas Hubocan retired from football. But still, we will see Marek Hamsik, Juraj Kucka, the new leader of defence Milan Skriniar and several young talents from top European clubs.

 

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