Croatia vs Slovakia
Date: Saturday, 16 November 2019
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadion HNK Rijeka (Rijeka).
Despite their status as the toppers of the table, the World Cup finalists do need a win in this fixture to ensure that they finish out the campaign as group champions. Taking into account their home advantage, and superiority in h2h encounters, the three points should side with Croatia.
Croatia vs Slovakia Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, Slovakia lost 0-4.
- Croatia has never failed to find the back of the net against this opponent, since 2000.
- In fact, the Croatians hold a 100% unbeaten record against this rival.
- Slovakia has scored a total of one goal from the prior four encounters.
- In home soil, Croatia holds a 100% winning record.
Croatia vs Slovakia Prediction
The Slovakians faced heartbreak the last time they hosted a match in home soil. Against Latin American opponents Paraguay, the home team had been leading, via a lone goal in the 59th minute. But towards the end of the fixture, the 85th minute to be precise, the visiting contingent found the back of the net to equalize the scorecard.
Meanwhile, the Croatians were led by their inspirational captain Luka Modric in their previous home tie. Hosting the Hungarians, the reigning Ballon d’Or winner right away put the home team in the driver’s seat, with a 5th-minute goal.
The lead increased to three by the end of the first half, and all these while, despite persistent efforts, the guests were not able to net a goal of their own.
In the latter half, Croatia did take the pedal off the gas, and it resulted in them not scoring anymore. However, they managed to post the clean sheet, and thus the three points to take a major step towards qualification.
This upcoming match-day, the hosts need to win. They have just a game remaining, whereas opponents Slovakia has two. If the latter wins this match, as well as the next, and if Hungary manages a win against Wales, then Croatia might not even qualify for the main tournament, in spite of their position at the top of the table.
As such, they are desperate for the three points this weekend. They do have the home advantage and have the confidence of winning the reverse fixture convincingly, that too on the road. In fact, Slovakia lost that game to a 0-4 scorecard.
Moreover, Croatia holds a 100% unbeaten record in h2h clashes, and in fact, have conceded a single goal from the previous four such fixtures.
Taking these observations into account, count on Croatia to deal with the pressure well, and post the three points on the board.
Croatia vs Slovakia Betting Tips
To Win: Croatia @ 1.44 (4/9)
Croatia -0.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.44 (4/9).