Croatia vs Moldova: Preview and Prediction

Croatia vs Moldova:
International Friendlies.
Date: Friday, 27-May-2016;
Kick-off: 19:30 GMT,
Venue: Gradski Stadion (Koprivnica).

Croatia will play Moldova at home on Friday in a friendly game as they prepare for 2016 Euro competition.

Croatia qualified for the Euro 2016 competition by finishing as the runners up in group H under the new manager Ante Cacic who took over after Kovac was sacked. Croatia are currently on a good form, they have lost only 1 game in their last 10 games, won 6 and drawn 3. At home, Croatia are unbeaten in their last 5 games, they have drawn 1 and won 4 games which includes two heavy wins against Norway 5-1 and against Gibraltar 4-0

Moldova failed to qualify for the Euro 2016 qualification as they ended the qualifiers in the bottom of the table with 2 points only, after they drew 2 matches and lost 8 winning none. They also conceded 16 goals and scored 4. They have won just 1 of their last 12 outings, drew 4 and lost 7.

Croatia: Team News

Real Madrid duo Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic will be absent as they will be playing in the champions league final in May 28, Darijo Srna, Ivan Rakitic and Mandzukic are also missing as they will join the squad on 29 in preparation of the Euro competition. Dejan Lovren has been taken out of the list for the Euro due to improper behaviour.

Croatia: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)

Subasic – Corluka, Vida, Jedvaj, Strinic – Badeji, Brozovic, Halilovic, Perisic – Kalinic,Cop

Moldova: Team News

Moldova is playing for nothing but pride and the head coach would need a win or draw in this game.

Moldova: Predicted Line-up (4-5-1)

Cebanu – Epureanu, Armas, Golovatenco, Racu – Suvorov, Andronic, Gatcan, Dedov, Antoniuc – Sidorenco.

Croatia vs Moldova: Head-To-Head stats

Both teams have only met once in 2008, the game ended 1-0 in favour of Croatia.

Croatia vs Moldova: Prediction

With many key names missing from Croatia’s squad, Moldova will try to seize the opportunity to get something out of this game, but the Croatian side playing at home with full confidence has an edge over the visitors.

I predict a win for the home side but a narrow one, may be a 1-0 or 2-1 win.

Best bet: Croatia to Win.