Soccer betting tips for Euro 2020
Just three years after reaching the World Cup final in Russia, Croatia is ready to impress the world again at the Euro 2020. In today’s online soccer betting tips we will try to preview the Croatian side, which is about to play at the European Championship. Can they repeat their success? That’s the question, right?
After leading the Blazers to the World Cup final in 2018, it was entirely normal for Zlatko Dalic to continue managing the team. Now for the first time, he’s going to coach Croatia in the European Championship as well.
There are some differences in the Croatian team compared to the squad from 2018. The most notable one is the retirement of two of the major figures in Croatian football for the last decade – Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic. They were instrumental in reaching the World Cup final three years ago, but they also decided to retire from international football and focus on their club careers. If Zlatko Dalic can properly replace them, it remains to be seen – they were magnificent players for the national team.
The Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric decided to remain in the team for at least one more major tournament. Now, 35-years old, Modric will lead the team with the captain armband, and he’s still the most influential midfielder in the squad. Players like Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic, Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic, Atalanta’s Mario Pasalic, CSKA Moscow’s Nikola Vlasic, and Genoa’s Milan Badelj must do their best to support him in the midfield area. Modric’s legs are slightly slower now because of his age, but he remains an enormously creative player when he’s on the ball. His contribution to the attack could be priceless. Croatia’s strikers are going to expect some killer passes by their legendary captain – the only Croatian player ever to win Ballon d’Or.
In defense, Zlatko Dalic has some experienced players he can rely on as well. The vice-captain Domagoj Vida remains an influential figure in the defensive line. At the same time, Zenit’s Dejan Lovren, Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko, Rangers’ Borna Barisic, and Lille’s Domagoj Bradaric are ready to prove their worth, too.
Zlatko Dalic has some impressive potential in attack, so it won’t be easy for him to decide which players to use in starting eleven. Ante Budimir had a decent season with Osasuna in La Liga, while Ante Rebic made some solid performances for AC Milan in the Serie A. At the same time, Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric, Dinamo Zagreb’s Bruno Petkovic, and Wolfsburg’s Josip Brekalo are ready to take the responsibility to lead the attack for Croatia. Of course, we can’t forget about Ivan Perisic – one of the best players in the Croatian squad. He’s an impressive winger who already had tons of experience on the highest level.
In their last friendly game before the Euro, Croatia had one of the most formidable opponents – Belgium. These two powerhouses met in Brussels, and the Red Devils managed to clinch a 1-0 win. Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal in the game just seven minutes before halftime.
Against the Belgians, Zlatko Dalic used his favorite 4-3-3 formation. Modric, Brozovic, and Kovacic started in midfield while Bruno Petkovic was put at the top of the attack. Ante Rebic and Ivan Perisic had to help him from the wings. In the second half, Dalic used Kramaric, Brekalo, Pasalic, Vlasic, and Orsic from the bench, but Croatia didn’t find a way to score an equalizing goal at the Stade Roi Baudouin.
Ivan Perisic is the most prolific player in the Croatian team when it comes to scoring goals. The 32-years old winger has scored 28 goals for the national team so far. He even scored in the World Cup final against France three years ago. The Blazers know how important Perisic is for the team, so it’s not surprising that he’s also one of the team’s four captains. Last season Perisic triumphed in the Serie A with Inter Milan, and he scored 5 goals in 42 matches for the Nerazzurri. In 2019/20, he spent one season on loan at Bayern Munich as well. With the Bavarian giants, he won the Champions League – the biggest trophy in his career so far.
Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric is a striker who did well enough last season to deserve a starting place for the Euro. Kramaric’s previous campaign in the Bundesliga was impressive as he scored 20 goals for his club. It was his best season in Germany so far, and he gave enough reasons to Zlatko Dalic to pick him as a starter this summer. Kramaric is a versatile forward, so even if he doesn’t lead the attack, he could help from the wings or play as a second striker.
For Croatia, it would be really important to do well enough in defense. Domagoj Vida and Dejan Lovren are well-known players, but Olympique Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car could be the Blazers’ most important man at the back. Caleta-Car spent the last three seasons in the French Ligue 1 and did enough to win Zlatko Dalic’s trust. With his height of 192 cm, Caleta-Car could be a real king in the aerial duels in the penalty area. Most likely, he will be a starter at the Euro while Dejan Lovren will remain on the bench. At least this is what we think is going to happen.
That’s our online soccer betting tips for the team of Croatia before the Euro 2020. This team reached the World Cup final three years, but of course, it doesn’t mean anything right now – things change every day and every year. Now the manager, Zlatko Dalic must prepare his team for an entirely different competition, and these are new challenges ahead. Croatia is among the favorites to reach the knockout phase in this group, but they must prove it on the pitch. The Blazers will start their appearance at the Euro against England on June 13. This game will be followed by matches against the Czech Republic and Scotland.