Wales vs Croatia - 13/10/2019 Preview

Wales vs Croatia should be one of the most exciting games of Group E at UEFA Euro 2020 qualification, which will be held at Cardiff City Stadium, in Cardiff. Two strong Group favourites can decide their chances to be among qualified teams, since Wales is on the edge being away of Euro 2020 main draw, while Croatia leading the group E. Read our thoughts about this important Euro 2020 qualification Wales vs Croatia game, here below.

Wales

FIFA Rating – 23

Wales at the moment stands at 4th place and have 6 points less than their rivals Croatia. These teams were strong favourites before the qualification started, however, Red Dragons already lost many points and their attendance in Euro 2020 is under question. They played 1 match less than everybody, and only this factor gives them big hope. Previously, they failed against Croatia and Hungary playing away. These result strongly complicates their position in Group E.

During the last round, Wales played against Slovakia, also away. They scored a goal first and had all the chances to take very important and needed 3 points. However, at the beginning of the second half Kucka equalized the result and strongly changed the possession to their side. In general, Wales had chances to succeed in this game, but Slovakia controlled the game and created more dangerous moments. So guests should be happy with even 1 collected point.

It was tangible that the team was playing good football, but they lacked a leader in midfield such as Aaron Ramsay. Ryan Giggs, said about Ramsey: “He has a chance for Sunday. He has a little bit of tightness in his abductor. He did a bit of training today. The physio has stayed back to work with him. We are hopeful that he will be available for Sunday.”

Predicted Wales line-up

Head Coach

Ryan Giggs;

Squad

Goalkeepers

Wayne Ward;

Defenders

Chris Gunter, Ashley Williams, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies;

Midfielders

Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen, Ethan Ampadu, Jonathan Williams, Gareth Bale;

Strikers

Tom Lawrence;

Croatia

FIFA Rating – 8

Croatia now stands at 1st place with 3 points handicap. They lost only once over Hungaria, as this team showed a really strong character also playing against Wales. At the moment we see even 4 teams, which can fully rotate during the last 2 matchdays. Even being the leader of the group, they still have chances to fail, especially if Wales will show their true style.

During the last match of the Euro 2020 qualification, Croatia faced Hungary at Stadion Poljud, in Split. This time, Hungary was much easier opponents, and Croatia took revenge by scoring 3 goals and saving a clean sheet. This result showed serious intentions to stay in 1st place until the end of the qualification. Hosts controlled the game, had much more dangerous moments and showed very creative football, especially in the first half, as they scored 3 goals. In the second half, they played more accurately in defence as their main target were to save a clean sheet and finish the game with this result. At the 55th minute, Ivan Perisic missed a penalty, but this doesn’t affect Croatia’s game.

Predicted Croatia line-up

Head Coach

Zlatko Dalić;

Squad

Goalkeepers

Dominik Livaković;

Defenders

Tin Jedvaj, Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Borna Barišić;

Midfielders

Marcelo Brozović, Mateo Kovačić, Ivan Perišić, Ante Rebić, Luka Modrić;

Strikers

Bruno Petković;

Wales vs Croatia H2H

During this Euro 2020 qualification, these teams already met once. Croatia that time played at home ground and won a very important match over the second favourites of Group. We saw a very interesting and thrilling game, as Wales had very great chances to equalise the result, but only scored 1 after conceding 2 goals. We hope to see even more productive and exciting game on Sunday.

 

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