Croatia vs Jordan
Date: Monday, 15th October 2018
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Stadion HNK Rijeka (Rijeka).
Croatia are on a rough patch after their heroics at FIFA World Cup, first they got thrashed 6-0 by Spain and escaped with a 0-0 draw against England in match that saw Marcus Rashford squander two clear chances.
The problems run deep for head-coach Zlatko Dalic as a host of players that bear the flags of the team in Russia is now unavailable due to injuries and retirement.
The strikers Andrej Kramaric and Ivan Santini are is struggling with knocks, which leaves a void wide after Mandzukic’s retirement.
There are problems at the back as well with Sime Vrsaljko, Ivan Strinic and Borna Barisic sidelined with injuries.
The midfield Marcelo Brozovic is another player withdrawn from the squad due to fitness issues prior to the Nations League fixture against England.
Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic are available, but it remained to be seen if they play some part in this low profile friendly.
Jordan are preparing for the 2019 Asia Cup and they qualified for the continental tournament by finishing top of their group with 3 wins and 3 draws from 6 matches.
We saw the best of Jordanian football in year 2013 when they managed to reach the play-off for World Cup qualifiers before losing the inter-continental play-off to Uruguay 0-5.
Jordan’s current form is decent after they lost just 2 of their last 16 games (5 wins and 9 draws).
Croatia vs Jordan Head-to-head
- This will be the first ever head-to-head meeting between the two sides.
- Jordan’s last away win was in November 2017 at Cambodia.
- Croatia has conceded in their last 7 games including the WC final.
- Croatia are unbeaten for 7 home games.
Croatia vs Jordan Prediction
There is a huge gap between the qualities of squads on paper with Croatia a few clashed above despite a number of players unavailable through injury.
Zlatko Dalic’s men are also not in best possible shape, however they won’t get a better chance to get back to winning ways and inject some confidence before taking on Spain in November.
Croatia vs Jordan Betting Tips
HT/FT – Croatia/Croatia @ 6/11 (1.53)
Over 2.5 goals @ 6/11 (1.55).