Ukraine vs Croatia: Preview and Predictions

Ukraine vs Croatia Predictions World Cup Qualifier 9th October 2017

Ukraine vs Croatia
World Cup Qualifiers – Europe (Group I)
Date: Monday, 9th October 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium (Kiev).

It is a nothing less than a knockout tie when Ukraine host Croatia for the final group game of their World Cup qualifiers. Both teams have fallen two points behind Iceland and their realistic chance is finishing second and make it into the play-offs. This is mainly because Iceland have a relatively easy game at home against the new boys from Kosovo.

Goal difference could come into play here. So, incase this game ends in a draw, it will be Croatia who go through. They will also get above Iceland if Kosovo manage a surprise win at Reykjavik.

Form-wise, Ukraine are the better side after picking up 5 wins from their last 7 qualifying matches. Also, they are strong at home with an unbeaten 4 match run with wins in the latest three.

Croatia managed 1 win and 1 draw from their last four fixtures, which killed off their strong automatic qualification chances. The away form is also not good as they are coming on the back of 1-0 defeats against Iceland and Turkey.

Ukraine vs Croatia: Head-to-head

The main take away from the head-to-head comparison is the fact that the home team haven’t lost in the 7 qualifying fixtures between the two sides. Croatia had won thrice, while Ukraine just once with the remaining 4 games ending in stalemates.

The reverse of the corresponding fixture was a narrow 1-0 win for the Croats.

Ukraine’s home record against Croatia in three qualifying fixtures is 1 win and 2 draws. All three matches saw less than 3 goals.

Ukraine vs Croatia: Prediction

The teams have no choice, but to look for an outright win with only team can make into the top two. But, the past meetings between the sides show that the matches between these two have been extremely tight and we do not see an immediate chance in this.

  • Correct Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw for 6.50 odds.

Ukraine vs Croatia: Bet Tips

Both teams to Score for 2.05 odds.

Double Chance – Ukraine or draw for 1.53 odds is a potential banker.

Value is in backing Over 1.5 Goals and Draw for 4.20 odds at MyBet.