Match Preview: Croatia 2-1 Wales Prediction and Betting Tips | EURO (Qualification)

Croatia – Wales betting tips for today, June 8, 2019

Kick-off: 14:00 Croatia – Wales
Football: EURO – Qualification:: group E
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.41
Bookmaker: Unibet
Match Result: 2:1 WON!!!

Match Preview

Ahead of this testing Euro qualifying (ECQ) match, hosts Croatia (FIFA rank: #5) are unbeaten in 11 outings here in Osijek (W9, D2). Yet, despite their rock-solid form on this pitch, Croatia clearly aren’t untouchable, losing 2-1 to lowly Hungary (#51) in their last ECQ fixture.
In a stat of potential psychological importance, Croatia’s unbeaten run in Osijek includes two clashes against Wales, with both ending 2-0. Croatia have also lost just one of their last six encounters against teams ranked between #9 and #29 (W5, L1).
Wales have lost just one of their last ten away tournament qualifier matches (World Cup qualifiers & ECQ): W5, D4, L1. However, Wales have won just one of their last eight encounters against sides within FIFA’s top-15 (W1, L7) beating only top-ranked Belgium at home (3-1).
Furthermore, Wales have never beaten Croatia in any H2H (D1, L3), and to date, only two of Wales’ 11 games under Ryan Giggs have seen them score more than a single goal. Topically, none of Wales’ last seven outings have seen them net multiple times.
Players to watch: With three goals and an assist, Andrej Kramarić has been directly involved in a goal in each of his last four international appearances for Croatia.
Gareth Bale remains unstoppable for Wales. The feared ‘Galactico’ averages almost a goal every other game for Wales, with 31 strikes from 64 international appearances.
Stat attack: Each of Croatia’s last four home victories have seen both teams score.
A notable 60% of Giggs’ victories as Wales manager have come by a 1-0 scoreline.
Including friendlies, each of the last three H2Hs have seen the home side on the day lead 1-0 at half-time.
Going back to June 1999, Wales have lost and/or failed to score in each of their last five ECQ away matches against ‘Pot 1’ opposition.