Croatia vs Azerbaijan
Europe – Euro Qualifiers
Date: Thursday, 21st March 2019
Kick-off at 19.45 UK/ 20.45 CET
Venue: Stadion Maksimir (Zagreb).
A mismatch in all sense of the word. The runners-up of the World Cup are taking on one of the weakest teams in the competition. Croatia surprised everyone with their inspirational run to the final of the World Cup, where they looked for a moment that they might have toppled the all-conquering France. Due to fatigue, and some extraordinary talent on the other side, dishearteningly, Croatia had to let go of their title hopes. Now, the team hopes to take a shot at the continental title.
Azerbaijan will need to find a way not to get demotivated with such a hard game for their opener in the Euros. They are on the road and are going against one of the best teams currently in the world. Even when pitted with the minnows of world football, the likes of Faroe Islands, Malta etc, the squad failed to come out on top of their group stage games.
Croatia vs Azerbaijan Head-to-head (h2h)
- In the last decade, these two have locked horns twice.
- Croatia holds a 100% unbeaten record in this period.
- At home, Croatia holds a 100% winning record.
- The last time Croatia hosted Azerbaijan, the game ended 6-0, in favor of the home team.
Croatia vs Azerbaijan Prediction
The difference in quality cannot be more specified. Croatia is the runner up of the World Cup 2018, and played in League A of UEFA Nations League, whereas Azerbaijan struggled to find ground amongst the minnows of European Football in League D.
Also, the hosts missed out on the greatest triumph in world football by a whisker, and now they want to make amends by at least going for a continental title. They will definitely want to begin with a bang, and also keep note that the team is playing at home.
On top of that, Croatia is unbeaten at home in their last 20 attempts and recorded 14 wins in the while. Whereas, Azerbaijan was winless in 18 of their last 22 games on the road. Importantly, Croatia is unbeaten against this team in the last ten years and has a 100% winning record at home in this period. Just the last game between these teams where Croatia played hosts, ended in a 6-0 win for them. Expect them to dole out another easy victory this Thursday.
Croatia vs Azerbaijan Betting Tips
Half Time Result: Croatia to Win @ 1.44 (4/9)
EH: -1 for Croatia; Croatia to Win @ 1.40 (2/5).