Wales vs Croatia
Euro 2020 Qualifier, Europe
Date: Sunday, 13th October 2019
Kick off at: 19.45 UK Time
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
Croatia are looking to maintain the top spot in their Euro 2020 qualifier group this weekend. It won’t be an easy task though for Zlatko Dalic’s side as they must take down home team Wales, that are still hopeful for a spot in the upcoming tournament.
Wales v Croatia Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both sides as they prepare themselves for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifying match. Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be preparing to help them get all three points.
Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1
Probable Lineups: Hennessey(g);C. Roberts,Lockyer, Rodon, Davies(def);Ampadu, Allen(mid);Bale, Wilson, James (att mid); Moore (att).
Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1
Probable Lineups: Livakovic(g);Jevdav, Vida, Lovren, Barisic(def);Kovacic, Modric(mid);Perisic, Rakitic, Rebic(att mid); Petkovic(att)
Before heading into this weekend Euro 2020 qualifying encounter, both teams have been involved in other matches. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have more information about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) : WWWWW
Ryan Giggs’ side haven’t been performing pretty well off late, grabbing two wins, two defeats and one draw from their last five. Their most recent encounter was against Slovakia, which eventually ended in a 1-1 draw.
Their recent inconsistency for the home team, especially when they are not in their mood. Playing at home can give that extra energy and beliefs for Wales to take something on Sunday.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) WLWDW
Vatreni’s recent performances haven’t been perfect either, but they do look more convincing with three wins, one draw and just one defeat. Moreover, that only loss for Dadic’s side during those run was in a friendly fixture.
This means that they have been doing quite well in their recent group games, something that can lift their morale on Sunday. Playing away from home won’t stop the targeting maximum points.
Giggs won’t have too many absentee to handle for this upcoming weekend qualifier tie. Wales apparently will be missing Brooks along with Mepham, while Aaron Ramsey is still in doubt, but could still play a part in the match.
The home team are still able to call upon their star players, notably Gareth Bale. Man United’s current sensation, Daniel James could also get a nod to start and put on an aggressive effort.
Dadic has more problems to handle with several important players are unavailable for Sunday. Kramaric, Mitrovic, Pjaca, Vrsajlko and Pivaric all are out injured.
Meanwhile, Marcelo Brozovic will also miss this tie, but mostly because of the suspension he received. Luka Modric and Rakitic will continue their dynamic duo in midfield, hoping to snatch all three points.
Head to Head Records:
In their previous five meetings, Croatia have been more dominant than their opponent with four wins and just one draw.
Their most recent encounter between those teams happened on June 8, 2019 in Europa also against Swiss, which ended with 2-1 foe Vatreni.
Still in the running for that spot in Euro 2020 finals, Wales are eyeing for victory. Giggs’ men will give their all this weekend, especially since they are playing in front of their home crowd.
Croatia are also keen on taking maximum points as playing away won’t be much of an issue for them. This game could go either way, but the visitor might have an extra gear to take all three points.
Final Score: 1-2